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...]

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...]

Amy is Getting Married

My niece Amy is getting married in a couple of months. It's hard to believe that she's all grown up. She was the cutest toddler. She had these curly blonde ringlets and beautiful blue-green eyes. And the sunniest personality, just like her momma Deb Deb! Oh my gosh, everyone loves this young lady. She was the school mascot for all four years of high school. She cheered for those Bulldogs with pride and all the while in that big, heavy costume.  Our girl has some grit! I am pretty sure she gets a lot of her sense of humor from her daddy. My brother Jimmy is going to have a hard … [Read more...]

Moms and Sons

Do y'all remember Theresa and Monica? They've been on the blog several times modeling clothes for our Sassy Mom Model series. Weren't those fun? We are about to start doing those again! Anyway, I went to a mom and son luncheon at my son's school this morning. It's where the senior boys stand up and tell their moms how much they love and appreciate them. Theresa's son Isaac and Monica's son Marshall are both seniors this year. I wanted to go and support them as well as see what those handsome boys had to say about their mommas. To say there wasn't a dry eye in the house would be an … [Read more...]

A Little Sassy Update

I wanted to give y'all a little update about what's been going on in my personal life. It seems like I've been blogging here and there and not really letting my readers know what I've been up to lately. No one really prepares you for the grief you feel when you lose your momma.  It's gut wrenching, lonely, and no one really wants to talk about it that much. At first, I wanted to gloss it over like everything was just fine; always the pollyanna.  It didn't help much. You can't run away from grief, trust me, Lord knows I tried. You have to take it like a big girl. And one day, if you are … [Read more...]

What’s Old is New at Hotel Emma

For the past twenty three years, I have booked a room for my husband's birthday. I try to keep it a surprise until it is time to pack our bags. Of course, I think it adds to the excitement and adventure of his special day. And most years, I have succeeded in keeping it to myself. But this year's location was hard to keep a secret.               We have stayed all over Texas in this time span. Since his birthday is around the holidays, we tend to stay close to home. From a bed and breakfast in Jefferson, the Four Seasons in … [Read more...]

Getting Sassy at Holiday Ole’ Market

The Junior League of San Antonio's  Holiday Ole' Market is right around the corner. In the 22nd year, this one of kind shopping experience is taking on a Parisian flair.  Ooh, La La! The title of this year's event is "Joyeux Noel" and is set to begin on Thursday, October 15th and end on Sunday, October 18th at Freeman Coliseum's Expo Hall. I am a current sustainer and long time member of the JLSA. I also served on the Ole' Market Committee and have first hand knowledge of how many hours it takes to host such a spectacular event. These ladies have already spent countless hours away from … [Read more...]

Malinalli Bakery and Bistro

Malinalli Bakery and Bistro  has been on my list of places to try ever since a friend recommended it to me back in the spring.  When my husband texted me the other day to meet him for lunch, I told him that this might be the perfect spot for our little rendezvous. After 21 years of marriage, a surprise hour alone together is always welcome and necessary to keep that spark alive! The restaurant is located at the corner of NW Military and West Ave. in Castle Hills. It's in the shopping center across the street from Castle Hills Baptist Church. The atmosphere is casual,warm and inviting … [Read more...]

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