A Kindness Filter

#nofilter I’m sure you’ve seen this hashtag, right? It’s commonly used on social media, accompanying what the poster is claiming to be an untouched, unedited photograph. Sometimes the photo is of a beautiful sunset, or of someone being him/herself. I don’t know for sure – and didn’t even try to look this up – but […]

And the winner is ….

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Book Birthday 2018 Swag Bag Giveaway celebrating the 1st birthday (or 1-year anniversary of the publication of my book, How to Be a Good Mom (Or at Least Not an Epic Failure). The winner, selected at random through Rafflecopter, is … a Rafflecopter giveaway Kathy wins a paperback […]

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DC-Area Monuments, Memorials & Other Historical Sites #dcchristmas

Our trip to DC was filled with awe-inspiring history. Just walking down the streets felt almost sacred in parts. It made me wonder how much people, particularly those who live and/or work in the area daily, become immune to it. We spent an afternoon at the National Mall and could have easily spent days: Lincoln […]

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Throwing Holiday Traditions Out the Window? #dcchristmas

The holiday season that ends one year and ushers in another is often a time of tradition. I think most people would say they have some sort of Christmas tradition, whether it be a big feast and fellowship with family and friends or something smaller, like marathon watching A Christmas Story or It’s a Wonderful […]


Out with the Old, In with the New

May is a time of endings and new beginnings; this truth is never more evident than with high school and college graduations. But even without a current graduate* in the house, we’ve had our own share of endings and beginnings this month.  (Technically, Bryan graduates in July with his Doctorate of Nursing Practice!)  Truth be […]

Faith Required

Remember that saying about best laid plans? I feel like this is the story of my life. I recently made a decision (much like flipping a coin but it took a lot of debating in my head) as to which writing project I was going to focus on. See, my problem isn’t lack of ideas […]

A House Divided

A lot of noteworthy stuff happened this weekend: It was Valentine’s Day. The 13yo attended his first school dance (and actually had fun). We went to a local restaurant’s grand opening (and wine tasting, ftw!). Justice Scalia died. I won a door prize at a health fair (seriously, I never win anything). We saw Deadpool […]

Our Next Adventure

For the last couple of months or so, hubs has been commuting to Hot Springs (about an hour and half drive from us one way) to work at in an interim position at a hospital there. He’s been staying there some nights and driving back others, mainly to not miss kid-related events. Yesterday, he accepted […]

Mother’s Day 2014

This Mother’s Day post is dedicated to the teenager in the house, who remains the sweetest child of mine. Now, don’t get me wrong. The boys have their sweet moments. The way hubs tells it, Wonder Boy (the almost 7yo) took extra special care in picking just the right Mother’s Day card for me yesterday, […]

Giving up on rabbits?

Who knew keeping rabbits could be so hard? This weekend I was making jokes about finally getting to breed our two Dutch rabbits and today they both died.  This sucks.  The Girl’s first rabbit, Boots, which she got at the state fair last year, died suddenly and mysteriously just as we were about to get […]

Our First Rabbit Show

On Saturday, we attended our first rabbit workshop and “fun” show hosted by the Conway High School Ag Department. One of the Ag teachers, along with the Arkansas State Fair Rabbit Superintendent, led a workshop on rabbit care, disease recognition and nutrition. Then they let the kids practice tattooing (like many show animals, rabbits ears […]


When the Girl got Boots, a tort Dutch rabbit, back in the Fall, the plan was to get a second one, a Dutch doe, as soon as we could find one, so that we could breed them.  Yes, I know, and have rabbits everywhere.  We didn’t know the wait would be so long, thinking that […]

State Fair Shows and Shenanigans

State Fair Week is officially over and we are exhausted from all the fun!  We took our vacations from work to prepare for the fair and get a lot done on the farm.  We had our first homesteading poultry slaughter day and ate chicken-n-dumplings for dinner that night. I’ll have to share more on this […]

How we faired at the fair

Lonoke County Fair 2010 Dairy Goat Show, September 22nd The Girl competed for showmanship in the Junior Show, but neither of the boys were old enough this year. The Girl got lots of show experience this year, showing Milky, Mariah, Ladyhawk, Rogue and Kitty Pryde. Boy Genius competed for PeeWee showmanship and showed in the […]