Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Breezy Sundresses

Ah summer! It's coming to an end. Fall is right around the corner. But, before we close up shop for the coming cooler weather I thought I'd share a little story with you.

My step-cousins (is there such a thing?) and their families were visiting a quaint Florida city one weekend...I believe she said it was St. Augusting (I love that place!). One of them, I shall call her N, wore a cute little sundress. It was the perfect weather for it.

St. Augustine's shops and streets were full of life and busy with tourists and locals. My other cousin, S, was struggling somewhat with the diaper bag, her purse, the stroller for her adorable little boy, R, the camera, and various other things. So, being the helpful sister she is, N offered to carry the diaper bag. She flung it over her shoulder and the shopping continued.

Several shops later, N kept feeling a breeze behind her. Thinking nothing of it, she swatted behind her, but found nothing amiss. More shopping ensued. A little later, and a few more swats behind her - that darn breeze was still there! - she discovered that as she had swung the diaper bag on her shoulder, the skirt of her cute sundress got caught in the strap and was slung up around her shoulder.

I apologize that there are no photos to share with you!

Love you, N! ;)

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Today I am thankful for:

1. A new Ladies Life Group at church

2. Meeting new ladies

3. A nap in the afternoon

4. Fresh cut grass

5. Good friends

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Teens and Cars

Ah, driving! I remember when I first got my license. (Hey - it wasn't THAT long ago. Really.) The freedom, the prestige, the coolness! If you weren't driving to school by your sophomore or junior year, you just weren't "it".

My best friend and I cruised around in her little orange Fiat. She would pick me up in the mornings and we'd head to school. After, we'd drive around town just to be seen. The coolest part - it was convertable! Oh, yeah!

Fast forward twenty years or so...or so...and now it's my kids' turn at the wheel. We've already sent two (BOYS) off into the world, both with their driver's licenses...scared to death (us, not them). The oldest one taught us things we never considered when WE were kids - ok, ok, my husband probably did but would never admit to me - like racing...in an Expedition (the son...as far as I know, not the husband). Yes, he did that! Of course, we only found out later when it was too late for punishment.

And now...the next two (GIRLS) have their permits and will get their regular driver's license in February 2010. I'm of two minds about this. One of them is very unsure about her ability to drive and would much rather turn the keys over to her sister...who is only too eager to oblige! That sister is really the one that worries me.

So, we have decided that in light of our knowledge of past experiences with the BOYS and the fact that one sister is so overly eager to begin driving on her own... we must set some very strict rules and guidelines.

1. The car belongs to us - the parents (Side note: have you noticed these days that we are THE parents and not MY parents or THEIR parents?)

2. The keys belong to us - the parents

3. There will be no spontaneous driving to the store - this will be planned out at least two weeks ahead of time.

4. No driving other people, especially those of the opposite sex.

5. There will be a GPS locator placed in an unknown location somewhere inside the car.

6. There will be a governor - no going over 45mph. - which, of course, means no highway driving!

7. The parents are considering a strategically placed camera...

Ok, so maybe these are just a little overboard. But, how do you protect your most precious and cherished loved ones? It's getting to the time to let them go...and let me tell you, it does not get any easier, no matter how many have gone before.

How have you coped with your teen driving?

....I know there's wine around here somewhere....
I guess I shouldn't worry too much. Their dad is a cop and he knows cops who know cops....we live in a pretty close community.....now that I think about it....they won't be able to get away with anything! There are eyes on every corner...
I feel a little better.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Today I am thankful for....

1. Great daughters who drive me everywhere.

2. Kids who make me laugh.

3. A pretty sunset.

4. Time with my family.

5. Getting a 100% on a test. ;)

Monday, August 3, 2009

365 Days of Grace

I started this some months ago, but fell off shortly after when I decided to take a break from blogging. I thought I would start back up again with this.

Today, I am thankful for:

1. A great church family

2. A wonderful, loving husband

3. The smell of a pot roast simmering in the slow cooker.

4. Grits with cheese - YUM!

5. Another day of recovery under my belt! ;) (Had a major surgery about two weeks ago)
I hope there is something in your life that you can be thankful for too!

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Hi everyone. I know, it's been a long, long time since I've posted anything. Lots of changes around my house and I hope to be able to get back in the swing of things. I miss blogging and reading the blogs of my cyber-friends. I hope you'll bear with me and help me out a bit.

Today, I wanted to introduce you to a new product that I recently came across.

The company is called Thirty-One. It was founded by a Christian woman, Cindy Monroe, about six years ago. It has grown to nearly 10,000 consultants!

The products are very good quality and great looking! And they offer monogramming for almost all of their items.

And the other thing I love about this company, they have a line for teens and a line for children. Talk about some cute things!

So, here's the link if you want to check it out!