The Icing on the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

The Icing on the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

 
Christmas card projects jolly house

I cannot tell you how full my heart is right now.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks here with surgeries and long recovery times and let’s wait and see doctor’s appointments and I haven’t wanted to worry all of you because I know everyone else has so much going on in their own lives.

But I’ve been scared.

And nervous.

And trying to decorate for Christmas and drink hot chocolate and sing carols at the top of my lungs and act like everything is fine.  I’m good at that actually.  Acting like everything is fine.

But it wasn’t.

Until yesterday.  Until we went to the doctor’s expecting not-so-great-news-and-we’ll-have-to-wait-some-more news.

But instead?  It was the BEST OF THE BEST NEWS.  The kind of news that makes you want to celebrate and dance and laugh and guffaw out loud.

So in honor of today.

In honor of the news that we are officially on the road to an amazing recovery.

I’m sharing one of my favorite stories EVER.  I hope it makes you laugh as much reading it….

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Sign on the Dotted Line

Sign on the Dotted Line

 
How to Thanksgiving Table Ideas

No one warns you.

You’re just curling your hair and drinking coffee and trying to figure out if spaghetti squash is a thing when suddenly life lifts you up and spins you around and makes your heart flip because you discover that your kids are teenagers…

…and you haven’t buckled your seat belt.

Who knew?

You’re still filling sippy cups and replacing binkies and washing spit up out of your shirt.

And then one day you blink….

…and someone asks you for mascara.

I found this story in the archives when I was working on a project and I literally laughed out loud.

This one’s for the teenager in all of us. 🙂Continue reading

The Day Superman Came to Town

The Day Superman Came to Town

 

stackable-platforms

Tomorrow I’ll be at Chapel Market.

If you are coming, I can’t wait to meet you.

If you live in a land far far away, please know that you will be missed.

 

I know this year will even better than last year.

And so much easier.

Because this year I’m bringing an assistant who is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive and who can leap tall buildings with a single bound….

….my oldest son Denton.

To celebrate him, here’s one of my favorite stories ever about the day that Superman came to Chapel Market.

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What Would Emily Post Do?

What Would Emily Post Do?

 
Back Porch Pumpkin

We spent this weekend shopping for pumpkins.

You wouldn’t believe the pumpkins we found.

Seriously.

Warty ones and rainbow ones and textured ones and shiny ones and pumpkins that looked like they might have been Cinderella’s carriage once upon a time.

Had I been asleep?  Have I been under a rock?  When did pumpkins go all 2016?

And as I stood in the middle of the pumpkin aisle in the middle of pumpkin heaven pondering the mysteries of the universe, suddenly, out of the corner of my ear…

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The Pride That Went Before the Fall

The Pride That Went Before the Fall

 
front room rug

If you are new here, let me introduce you.

This is my living room.

It’s showing off right now.  It’s been clean for about five minutes and it got a new rug and some new pillows and it kind of thinks it’s all that.

But you know what they say about pride.

It goeth before a fall.

Because this weekend I walked into this room and found this….Continue reading

Love and Milestones

Love and Milestones

 
Twins

In orthodontic news, last week the twins got braces.

It’s kind of one of those milestones in life.  You know.  Like taking your first step or losing your first tooth or the first day of kindergarten or memorizing the multiplication tables or learning how to ride a bike.

Except maybe not as fun.

They were so excited about the new adventure.  They counted down the days and talked to their friends about rubber band colors and grinned at themselves in the mirror and tried to imagine what they would look like with braces on.

And then early one morning they arrived at the orthodontist’s office….

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One Day They’ll Tell the Story

One Day They’ll Tell the Story

 
centerpiece for Thanksgiving

One day my children’s children’s children will tell stories about me.

I can’t wait.

Truly.

I’ll be perched on a rocking chair with glasses and a gray messy bun still wearing yoga pants and red lipstick…..

….listening to every word.

This one will say this and that one will say that and they’ll laugh and giggle and roll their eyes and wonder if the stories are true.  They’ll talk about the time I brought the roast to garden club and the day I wore Lee Press On Nails and how I almost cried in a newspaper publisher’s office.

But the story they’ll tell over and over again?

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How to Tackle It Like Macaroni

How to Tackle It Like Macaroni

 
farmhouse dining table

The other day I found a trail of macaroni and cheese stuck to the kitchen table.

I’m not sure exactly how it unfolded or what the events were that led up to it….

…but Lewis and Clark would have been proud.

The trail started at one end with a few lone pieces and dripped and drabbed bits of cheese and noodle remnants from one side of the table to the other.

And then?

It looked like the macaroni eater discovered the trail and in a valiant attempt to clean it up….

….smeared giant cheese swirls all over the table.

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