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 […]

Today’s Lovely Thoughts ~ Love and knowledge…can’t get enough of that can we? Take just thirty seconds to let it sink in and inspire you today. Think on These Things ~ Alicia

Growing up, my little sisters and I had an adored babysitter we called Mabry. Mrs. Janelle Mabry was a lovely widow who holds a regular seat at the table of my childhood memories. Mabry made the best scrambled eggs in the world. (The secret, I’m afraid, was bacon lard.) She played gin rummy with me […]

Let me make something perfectly clear–I am no parenting expert.  I’ve had my fair share of two o’clock breakdowns, my emotional collapse when the kids refuse to nap.  I’ll admit that I sometimes swing through a drive-thru when I haven’t had time to go grocery shopping. And I’m proud to proclaim that I bribe, barter, […]

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

When my father died, I was given a gift certificate to a garden center to purchase something special in his memory. My husband and I are both drawn to the peaceful sound of water, so we decided to get a decorative fountain for our backyard. Standing between two fountains at the garden store, we were […]

It is finally May. The school year has almost concluded, my oldest daughter will be going into kindergarten next year, and I’m about to watch my eighth grade students graduate. Maybe I’m being sentimental, but I think we all wish that we could hold on to youth and innocence.  Although I am looking forward to […]