Irish Blessings

She loved St. Patrick’s Day.  Over the years, I would receive sweet treasures around mid-March…bundled packages she’d send via UPS. One year, it was shamrock napkins and “Irish potatoes” …not real potatoes, but the coconut-covered-in-cinnamon Irish treat. Another year, the package contained General Foods International Coffee…Irish Creme flavor of course. That was my favorite at the time. She knew that because for a year and a half I went to college outside of Philadelphia and was about an hour fromRead more

time well spent

So the cold snap has hit. Our weatherman said, “so the pattern is crazy cold for awhile.”  But it didn’t keep  Chase and I away from our walk at the river. Correction. It almost did. But we bundled up and braved the cold.  As we neared the river’s edge, it was cool to see how light danced and sparkled like stars on the water. The cold didn’t change that. The berries seemed even more red against the background of all ofRead more

Be brave

Be Brave. and Courageous. and Innovative. Risk. Marvel at the world around you. Take it all in. Pour yourself out. …and see what you can do to impact, make it better, move the mountains, and widen paths so that others might just be inspired to  …be brave. Courageous. And innovative. And take risks. Marvel and wonder. And take it all in as they pour themselves out. And in the midst of your being brave, be sure, to take some timeRead more

a few thoughts on girl time…

Here’s a snapshot of a little “Girl time” for two of my “girls”…my mom and my daughter. Thankful that they appreciate the girl time and all that means that’s different from guy time and brother time and boyfriend or husband time.  Yep, “girl time” is connection and conversations, agreements and different perspectives mixed with opinions and advice and “have you tried this?”s and sweet, sweet wisdom. It’s intuitive sharing and laughter and tears and encouragement and inspiration sometimes that allRead more

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for …Reunions. Reunions of siblings who happen to be my children. Surprises of seeing a son who has been in California for 8 months who, with the help of his sister, surprised us with a sweet, sweet visit. (Heard banging at 6 something in the morning and came down to see them both in the kitchen waiting 🙂  Hope had gone to the airport at 4 to get Aus…  Sooo good to have him home for a time…Thankful thatRead more

…a few thoughts on front row seats…

My son called a few weeks ago with some exciting news and all I kept thinking as I sat there smiling on the other end of the phone was that I was thankful for the front row seat to so many cool things. And I told him so.  But as soon as I said it, I thought, well, that sounds pretty presumptuous.  But he agreed and was like “yeah, me too Mom…” And as I thought about wanting that frontRead more

…a few thoughts on Last Firsts …

So yesterday as Tanner and I were talking about the start of school, he said, “Yeah, Mom…it’ll be your  ‘last first’ day of school…”  Now I had expected him to say HIS last first day of school…but not mine.  And yep, I had a little difficulty seeing through the sudden pool that welled up in these eyes of mine…and all I could see as I looked at my senior in high school was the little boy with the blond hair andRead more

t i m e w e l l s p e n t

So, I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I’ve been blogging a bit (LOT) more than usual. The reason?  A blissful three week break. Yep three whole weeks. Teaching year round school has its advantages for sure. But it’s Sunday night, actually, Monday morning (12:03) a.m. and I’m sitting here kind of wired-tired.(Just got back from picking up Tan in SC)  I can usually drink coffee late at night, but it wasn’t a good idea tonight asRead more

…a few thoughts on ‘go-to’s…

Was sweet to be able to spend time with Chase a few weeks back. We walked and talked on the beach and then he started throwing shells as I took some beach shots with my camera.  He didn’t realize that he was the subject of the photos a lot of the time… And as I looked through the lens and watched him skip shells, well, it brought a huge smile to my face. I don’t even think he realized whatRead more