Work: Worth More than Pay

These warm winter days have made me long for Spring. I’m buzzing with excitement to begin our new venture as beekeepers…. Or “newbees.”  Our lives as professional-baseball-gypsies was never conducive to settling in one spot long enough to tend to our own hives, though my folks have kept bees for some years now. I’ve been […]

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10 of the Sweetest Phrases

The undeniable, unexplainable adventure of love is soon to be celebrated again on Valentine’s Day. In Love’s defense, it is too often mistaken for a fleeting emotion. The word “love” is used far too much. As love is not the lustful, pitter-patter experience of a new fling, or the preoccupation with designer accessories, or even […]

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Vegetable Beef Soup

This week’s blog post, Sowing Seeds in Winter, left me wanting Nan’s hearty soup.  She always said she liked cool, cloudy days… that it was God’s way of telling us and the animals to slow down, and that those days paired perfectly with homemade soup.  Some people are really good at slowing down and being […]

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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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