Sowing Seeds in Winter

I come from a family of great storytellers. My mother engages her classroom through stories both scholarly and personal. My grandparents seemingly had practiced telling various stories, each knowing when to pick up and deliver punch lines that the other had left up for the assist. Most would question the authenticity of several stories—like the […]

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Sunday Sammiches

We’ve been veggie-heavy lately (check out the recent recipe posts here), but sometimes you just have to give the people what they want.  My people, in the words of 3-year-old JW, “just want sammiches.”  Perhaps his sammich…er… sandwich love was inherited from his father. One day, I asked Wade if I could make his favorite […]

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A Grace Movement

The USDA recently declared that the average cost of raising an American child is approximately $245,000. This number doesn’t include college tuition or take inflation into consideration, and any accrued expenses after the age of 18 were not tallied. $245,000 over 18 years…I’m far from a math genius, but that’s well over $13,000 a year, […]

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Let’s See What You’ve Got: Kale

Last week, I tried to hiding veggies in a muffin and successfully deceived discerning toddler taste-buds. This week, I just wasn’t in the spirit of espionage.  In the words of my fun and quirky mother who often spurs me into the “more,” “better,” or “new,” categories of life, I decided to embrace her frequent challenge […]

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Rookie Wives and Baseball Pants

During my own rookie season as wife, my parents made their first visit to one of my husband’s professional games. I had so anticipated their arrival, as being away from home was a new experience (soon to be my norm). I had prepared our very modest pool house accommodations so as to pass their parental […]

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Veggie Muffins and Success

Sometimes I wrongly base my maternal success on silly standards I set for myself, such as the number of veggies my family eats.  Whatever the motive, I’m spurred into trying creative ways of “hiding” a serving of vegetables in my kids’ preferred mundane world of nuggets, crackers, and peanut butter.  Let’s be real for a […]

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Why Eye Contact Matters

While in college, it was required that I take a Transcultural Nursing course. Interestingly to me, Appalachia had it’s own little section devoted to what makes mountain folk so unique along with the corresponding patient care considerations. The part that stuck with me most is that the text claimed Appalachians avoid much eye contact, and […]

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Mountain Mix

During Wade’s baseball days, we traveled a lot. For one reason or another, we decided to unwind after the end of a season and recharge with one extra trip.  We had been living in Florida all summer, so the Blue Ridge Mountains seemed like a way to skip the heat and beat the sand. As much […]

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