Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Memories that Live in the Mess

Snapping the handmade afghan, a gift from our wedding, up in the air, bits of stale popcorn flew up like confetti. There were eight blankets spread on the living room floor, their smell a combination of dribbled milk, kettle corn, cracker crumbs,┬áLabrador, house cat and…my family. Here is where we made our bed two nightsRead More

2013: The Year I Ate My Way Through a Blizzard

2013: The Year I Ate My Way Through a Blizzard

They say this year was one for the record books. Our neck of the woods got 12+ inches of snow in two days, the second highest amount in recent record keeping. I can remember one other time, from deep in my childhood, when we got a comparable amount. Now that I have my own children,Read More

The Day I Met God in Front of the County Jail

The Day I Met God in Front of the County Jail

Two years ago, in a Wal-Mart parking lot, I failed God. I passed by a dejected man, standing in the sweltering middle-of-July Kansas heat. I only looked at him long enough to see his sign reading “Will Work For Food.” In my passenger seat were 20 or so ice-cold Powerades, just purchased inside, condensation beadingRead More

I Love This Dirt Road Life

I Love This Dirt Road Life

Puffs of fine dust swirl where our feet meet with dry Kansas farm ground. “Mom, it’s like we’re living in the desert.” She’s right. This drought has left our land crackly, where it was once lush. I shake my head in amazement, that such a young child would make such an observation. Then again, theRead More

I’m a Big Baller Jewelry Lady and I’m Not Ashamed.

I’m a Big Baller Jewelry Lady and I’m Not Ashamed.

A curious thing has happened during the last several weeks. I’ve started a new job. One that I didn’t intend to begin (until a talented aunt encouraged and mentored me), but one that I’m growing more and more excited about as time passes by. I’m one of THOSE ladies. You know, the ones who goRead More