Category Celebrating Loveliness

In My Life

The talent show at my middle school was the main event of the school year. I remember watching teenage grunge bands, gymnasts, and dancers. The cheerleaders acted out short skits and sister trios sang Going to the Chapel. Most talent shows ended with a finale by an amazing tap soloist, who has since performed on […]

Lovely Thing ~ Children in the Park

Summertime brings free concerts in the park near our home. As the only empty-nesters on our cul-de-sac, my husband and I often ride bikes there with our neighbors and their children. We settle on our blankets and enjoy the music, but I have the most fun watching the kids flitting around us like beautiful butterflies. […]

Ten More Lessons From My Dad

Last Father’s Day, when I wrote Ten Lessons from My Dad, my father had passed away just a couple weeks before. If you’ve lost someone very dear, you know it takes some time getting used to it. For months, every time I thought of him, my breath caught and my stomach dropped as if taking an unexpected […]

Finishing Touches

We are hard at work finishing and editing the manuscript for our book, Lessons in Loveliness ~ available for purchase this summer. We hope the weather where you are is beautiful and breezy. Wishing you a blissful day ~ Alicia and Natalie

Family Vacations

It was the summer of 1997 and my parents’ white Dodge Grand Caravan was packed to the gills with more suitcases than my dad thought was reasonable. My mom sat up front, prepared for the drive with a bag of magazines the height of a step stool. I rolled my eyes to the top of […]

Lovely Thing ~ Spring Serenade

I caught the shadows and sunlight playing this magical masterpiece early one spring morning. Isn’t it Lovely! ~ Alicia

Lovely Thing ~ “Midsummer Eve” by Edward Robert Hughes

Maybe it is the medieval Pre-Raphaelite glow of the woman, or perhaps it is the innocent joy of the fairies, but for whatever reason, this 1908 painting by Edward Robert Hughes has always fascinated me.  It reminds me of the bedtime stories that my dad used to tell my sisters and me.  It reminds me […]