Bluebird of Happiness

One of my most treasured possessions is my Bluebird of Happiness given to me by my mother in law as a wedding gift. I detested this gift as soon as I opened it for two reasons. One, I don’t like knickknacks. Two, I hate birds. They’re dirty, they poop everywhere, and they have scary, beady…

Faking It…

We are finally closing out our school year here in Virginia and are slogging through our final three days before summer officially begins. Grades had to be submitted this morning so we are all just basically hanging out. As an end of the year treat for my students I decided to bring in my griddle…

Sardines

While it’s true we lived in some very cramped Army housing through the years, our four daughters did always have their own beds. They chose, however, most nights to sleep together just like this. I loved listening them giggle and tell stories in the dark each evening before they finally drifted off to sleep. When the…

My Dad, My Friend

Things I learned from my dad How to be a lifelong learner. Dad finds the world around him fascinating and enjoys learning more about anything that captures his interest. I can remember him taking college courses for fun when I was a kid. He already had a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, but just wanted…

Dinner Together Every Night!

Dinner time at my house growing up was always a boisterous event. We played games, debated, shared about our day, teased each other, laughed and reconnected. When I got married and had children I knew that I wanted to make our suppertime just as memorable. We bought a round table so the six of us…