Date Night in the Hill Country

Date Night? What's that? I've got too much to do with the kids and all their activities......blah, blah, blah. Let me tell you a little secret. If you don't carve out a little space for each other, you will regret it. And you will be in a better frame of mind and less stressed out! Marriage is hard. You must get away every now and then. Do you really want to wake up one day after the last kid is going off to college and realize you don't even know that person you married  anymore?  If not, you need to get to work and figure out a way to get together! I've been thinking about … [Read more...]

The Mercantile

I took a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago. I went with my boy to tour the campus of University of Tulsa.  It was on his final list of colleges to attend in the fall. I was looking forward to seeing Tulsa again.  It had probably been about twenty years since I'd been there. And this was going to be my son's first foray into the place with the scissor-tailed flycatcher as their state bird!  Even though he's a senior in high school, I can still teach him so important things like state birds! Anyway, not only did I want to check out the city and the campus, I wanted to … [Read more...]

Resolutions

In 2016: I didn't send out Christmas cards. I didn't lose weight or participate in another half marathon. I didn't organize my home office. I didn't sign up tons of new clients. I didn't blog more. I didn't stop procrastinating. And that's OK because: I did spend more time with family. I did learn to let the worry go. I did new things out of my comfort zone. I did work on being a better partner. I did pray a lot. My resolution for 2017 is much of the same. I want to be kinder and more patient. I want to be available to my family and friends. And … [Read more...]

We’re Playing Basketball

Our kids are in all kinds of sports. As parents, we feel like it keeps them busy and out of trouble, or at least we hope so! My daughter just finished volleyball and less than two weeks later was scheduled her first basketball game. She’s played it since she was in first grade. I think it’s because she watched her big brother play so much. Her daddy coached her team for about five years until she hit middle school this year. He always emphasized the importance of playing defense. It was hard at times because most little kids just want to shoot the ball. It’s so much more exciting to … [Read more...]

Let’s Dust This Thing Off

Is this thing on? Hi y'all. It's me, Sassy. It's been awhile. Remember me?  I'm the one with the big hair! I took a break from blogging and most of social media over the summer. I wanted to spend some time in East Texas with family. And I did. It was wonderful. I couldn't remember the last time my sisters and I got together to hang out. Sure, we see each other at all our family gatherings but not just us girls. It makes such a difference when you don't feel the tug of kids and responsibilities. What crazy things did we get into? Well, we went estate sale shopping a … [Read more...]

De Rigueur of Kilgore

Style. Are you born with it? Do you acquire it over time? Who inspired your sense of style? For me, I know that I was influenced by my mother. She would never go out of the house without her lipstick. When she wasn't wearing nursing scrubs at my dad's office, she loved to wear suits and dresses. I very rarely saw her in a pair of pants. I also remember being mesmerized by Judy McCracken and  Chris Dukes .  I would see Judy at my friend  Melissa's house. She would have clothes delivered to her by The Toggery which was a local ladies apparel store. She would try on the outfits for us … [Read more...]

There’s No Place Like Home

I just got back from a trip to my hometown of Kilgore, Texas. I was there for a little work and a lot of visiting with my family. It rained most of the week. And I'll never complain about rain after suffering through years of drought but it does put a damper on some things. My sister Kathryn and I spent a lot of the week driving around the back roads and reminiscing about growing up. We had the oldie station blaring on the radio which caused us to bust out in random singing to our favorite tunes. What's not to love about a little Delta Dawn and anything ever recorded by Willie … [Read more...]

This thing called Motherhood

  It was exactly two weeks ago that I stood up on stage and read my story of motherhood. I wrote it four years ago on a Saturday night after I couldn't sleep. I was tossing and turning and these words kept racing in my mind. I finally decided to get up and do something with all my thoughts.  It was 3 am in the morning and I turned on my computer in my office and wrote the words down. My words came pouring out, all 1625 of them. It took about two hours to compose a story that life had written for me 7 years before. When my husband woke up, I shared it with him. With tears in his … [Read more...]

Golfing in the Hill Country

When  I was growing up, our family spent time together sailing on Lake Tyler. And then when our daddy bought a little airplane, we spent weekends out at the airport. We affectionately referred to it as, "the Kilgore International Airport." It was so little that I used the runways for driving practice when I was learning how to drive. My daddy gave me the keys to his Datsun pickup and instructed me to, "Keep an eye out for a plane that might want to land and just pull over!" Oh, the perks of small town life! Now many years later, my family of five is enjoying the game of golf together. … [Read more...]

The Story Behind The Picture

In am reposting this in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. I am honored to know these two amazing families and share their incredible story of faith and love.  This picture has been circulating around the Internet for quite awhile. It went viral after it was posted on the International Down Syndrome Coalition's Facebook page. It was part of a campaign to promote awareness of those with DS. It was a collaboration between the local Down Syndrome Association of San Antonio and the IDSC. I can think of a couple of reasons why it touched so many people's hearts. The little girl in the … [Read more...]

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