Last night we attended Victoria’s winter concert. As usual, it was a wonderful mix of on-the-radio favorites and traditional choruses, the stage and aisles abuzz with color and movement.  I’d share a picture but honestly found myself so enthralled watching the kids present all they’d worked on that I never even thought to pull my phone out to capture it! Turning down one cold, busy street after another, my husband and I hunted down a parking spot in downtown Denver… Read more »

‘TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS Twas the week after Christmas, and all through the house Were piles of paper, and toy “hotspots” called out for a douse! The bathrooms had not been right-cleaned for four days And the kitchen was messy, causing dinner delays. The children were happy, playing with their new toys But mama was not, fearing that girls and boys Had become pretty lazy ‘midst Christmas treats and joys. So she picked up some paper, with a pen made… Read more »

December Finding Beauty Calendar2

In the quest for beauty, planning may not be everything–many beautiful things happen through simple serendipity. However, I’m a firm believer in the power of planning to make beauty a bigger part of our lives!  For many years, I’ve had great intentions to share more art and music with my children.  Now, that’s not to say we haven’t shared music–there’s pretty much a constant stream of classical or holiday music happening around here!  But I’ve always wanted to focus with… Read more »

I'll never be just a mom

I’ve been a mom for more than two decades now. What an amazing journey it’s been!  From the oh-my-goodness-they’re-letting-us-leave-the-hospital-don’t-they-know-we-don’t-know-what-we’re-doing? panic, to watching my daughter-in-law walk down the aisle, twenty-two years has brought more lessons and emotions than I could ever have imagined. When asked the loaded question, “What do you do?” I’ve proudly answered, “I’m a mom, and have eight children at home!” for many of those years. People have for the most part been wise enough to say, “Well!… Read more »

reflecting on blessings galore

What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had! The table, just before we all sat down! Note this year’s addition to the seldom-trifled-with menu: a Charlie Brown-style plateful of popcorn, pretzel sticks and jelly beans! We began preparations for the day on Monday of Thanksgiving week, ironing napkins and counting glasses to make sure we’d have enough–anyone else’s family seem to break glasses on an annoyingly consistent basis?!  Tuesday was dedicated to cranberry sauce and pie crusts. On Wednesday we baked the… Read more »

Christmas giveaway

We are Christmas fanatics around here. I realize it’s not quite Thanksgiving, but the truth is, there has already been carol singing, surreptitious eggnog swigging, present wrapping, and list-writing galore around here.  I blame it on the fact that my son’s sweet friend brought me a coffee at church a few weeks ago, and I gratefully took a sip … not realizing it was a Peppermint Mocha, upon which sip-plus-realization my eyes grew wide knowing I’d just broken one of… Read more »