My Son and His Dog

This is my oldest son and his dog. Photo cred belongs to my youngest son.

I don’t know what it is, I just love this picture. I think it captures that special relationship that boys have with their dogs.

Boy and his dog

Happy Thursday,


Blogs I’m Loving Now

I love blogs! I love the art of the word and the image! And I’m always excited to come across new ones!

It’s almost like looking into someone’s medicine cabinet, but they know that you’re looking and leave really cool stuff for you to check out.

Here are a few blogs that I’m loving right now:

Cedar Hill

Cedar Hill Ranch – Anita says that “Cedar Hill Ranch is about Texas Living with a French Accent.” Who wouldn’t love that? And being a transplanted Texan with a love of Europe, this site is right up my alley. So many great posts! I love Anita’s “On the Back Porch” series with other bloggers! You really should check it out.

French Country

My French Country Home – Sharon is a Brit who has lived in France a long time. Her photography is to die for! I can only aspire to take photos like hers. I thoroughly enjoyed her series on her stylish French girlfriends. Take a quick peek into her French world.


Naptime Decorator – Such a great blog! I love her humour and how she mixes in decorating, mothering, and life. Super cute, cost-efficient ideas for home decor! And she is the reason I found the color that I’m going to paint the upstairs hallway and downstairs foyer. Thanks, Liz!

What are your favourite blogs right now? Leave them in the comments section. I would love to check them out!

Lots of blog love,



How I Met My Husband

May 1985 Two Proms in One Night

May 1985
Two Proms in One Night

I was invited to participate in a Flashback Friday link party by a lovely woman from Australia, Melissa Baker. You should check out her blog at “Forgetting Mess, Pausing Time“. I thought it would be a good idea to start off with sharing a picture of me and my husband, Keith.

I met Keith in 6th grade. My family had moved to a suburb of Tulsa in 1978, and being the new kid in school always made me a bit uneasy. And wouldn’t you know that in my new school they had the entire 6th grade line up in alphabetical order to go to lunch. My last name began with “F” and I guess it would have caused havoc with the line to try to insert me into it so I was sent to the back to keep it simple. Since my husband’s last name starts with “W”, I usually ended up standing next to him. We became friends, and before I knew it, we started “going together”. What does that really mean? Does anyone know? Did you ever “go” with anyone? And when you’re in 6th grade, you don’t really go anywhere with this person. Am I the only one who has thought this??

A year later, my dad was transferred to Houston with his company. We spent 18 months down there until we were transferred back to the Tulsa area. My parents bought a house in a different school district so I didn’t go back to where Keith was going to school. I didn’t really think about it much. Life had gone on.

Life went on until I was a senior in high school. Roughly six years after we had met, Keith called me, one night, out of the blue. He asked me to come to one of his swim meets. I did. I drug my best friend at the time, April, to it. Things quickly progressed and we started dating exclusively.

We dated six months. I knew during that time that I was going to marry him. However, he didn’t get the same memo. He broke up with me on the night of my high school graduation. Via a letter and roses he left in my mailbox. Cool, huh?

I tried staying friends with him for two years while we went to different colleges and lived our own lives. The last time I saw him was in 1987. He asked me if I knew the girl he was dating since she went to the same university I did. That would be “no.” There were over 22,000 students at the university. We exchanged some unpleasant words and I drove off. Life went on.

Fast forward about 22 years, and life had us back in the same city, and both with marriages that had ended. We emailed for about 6 months before we decided to start dating. Once we decided that we were ready to date, things progressed quickly. This time we both got the memo, and things progressed into marriage. We’ve been married2 1/2 years, and it’s the absolute best!

Lots of blended love,


The Blog is Blooming Again

It’s funny how life’s seasons follow our Earth’s seasons. With everything going on in our family, I decided to take a little break from blogging. And with the plants and the trees, I went dormant in the autumn. With all of the signs of spring springing up all around our house, I decided that it was time to bring the blog back.


I really hadn’t gotten many posts up before life sort of took over. Work, marriage, and a blending family sort of have a way of doing that to you.

Highlights of the past 6 months:

  • Launched two websites at work. I swear it feels like giving birth each time. Always has, always will.
  • Birthdays – husband’s, mine, stepson’s, stepdaughter’s
  • My ex stopped paying child support
  • Husband expanded our company responsibilities beyond his 9-to-5 job to help cover expenses
  • Holidays
  • My mom had surgery
  • My husband’s mom had surgery
  • Stepson wrecked and totaled his truck
  • My oldest son’s swim season
  • Started volunteering at our church’s new campus
  • My husband and his ex sold their house

It is never dull in our family, but that’s okay. We focus on keeping the wheels on, and to keep moving forward. It’s been great to look back and see all of the blessings in the middle of all of the cray-cray.

  • Work has leveled out. I am blessed to work at a company that is flexible with my family schedule.
  • My husband and I worked to make ends meet when my ex stopped paying child support. I am blessed that he thinks of my sons as his own and doesn’t think twice about working harder to support our family.
  • Our mothers surgeries were successful and they are recovering, becoming whole once again.
  • My stepson walked away from the accident with a sore knee and a scratch. Angels were with him, we are sure of it after seeing the state of the truck.
  • My oldest son was blessed to qualify for state through all of the hard work he put in this season.
  • Our church opened a satellite campus closer to our home which is a huge blessing in so many ways.
  • We no longer have to contribute to the mortgage of my husband’s former house. There have been many weekends that my husband had to go work at the house to get it ready for inspection, but it was all worth it.
  • My ex was granted unemployment benefits, and I have begun to receive child support again.

 We are getting ready to begin our summer soon, with a view to graduating another one of our kiddos this time next year. It’s going to fly by!

I hope you’ve been well. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to lately.

Lots of blended love,




A Bit of Whimsy

I drive by this house on the mornings I take my stepson to school. At first, I wasn’t a big fan, but it’s grown on me so much that now, I absolutely LUH UHV it!

Now, I couldn’t never paint my house this color, but I so admire the woman who lives in this house and seemingly puts love and passion out there for the world to see. It’s just so whimsical!

Happy Friday!

Lots of blended love,