Journal



Sweet Olives and Helen

Sweet Olives and Helen

We planted the sweet olive branch tree beside the porch when we bought our house, planning on dinners outside in the fall and spring where the scent of its sweet, rosey, citrusy blooms would be strongest.  Read More



Tales from my Momma's Table

Tales from my Momma's Table

I haven’t eaten a meal cooked by my mother in probably twenty years. She passed away in 2006, but she divorced her kitchen long before that. Maybe she forgot how to cook or maybe she figured out that if she didn’t do it, somebody else would.  Either way, her days in the kitchen were finished. She probably wasn’t one of the best cooks in the world, but she was the best cook in the world I knew.  Read More



Father's Day

Father's Day

Father’s Day in a house full of boys is pretty special. We all wanted to be him and wanted to be his favorite. Now, at the ages of 38, 34, 32, and ... Read More



Birthday Sunday

Birthday Sunday

"When Leroy met Mary at the Snuff Dippers Ball.”  I sing this chorus in my head from a folky little song written by my uncle about the night my... Read More



New in a Small Town

New in a Small Town

You’ve heard the saying “big fish in a small pond,” but I believe there should be one that says “new fish in an old pond.” I grew up in a small tow... Read More



Mother's Day

Mother's Day

As many of you know, Mother’s Day is never quite the same after your mother passes away. Just as my own mother did, I do not make a big deal of the... Read More



Creating a Kid-Friendly and Well-Designed Home

Creating a Kid-Friendly and Well-Designed Home

We move frequently. In our short seven years of marriage we’ve moved a total of nine times. I wouldn't say it’s an ideal situation but, for us, it’... Read More



Helen's First Easter

Helen's First Easter

After 3 months spent with Helen, I'm finally easing back into journaling here. I've been working on her baby photo book from Artifact Uprising sinc... Read More



Legacy

Legacy

Our family tree is largely populated with average people. They were mostly poor, tough, Scotch-Irish frontier people on my side. We just missed som... Read More



Daddy

I am going to announce something that will be pertinent only to people who have never met me: I am an only child. Though there were probably a ... Read More