Happy Birthday TATUM


8 years ago today…. I was given a LUCKY CHARM.

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What a gift, and what a SPECIAL GIRL for this world!

She is funny, smart, goofy, creative, and all those things together that make a LUCKY CHARM, LUCKY…with her in by my side each day the sun rises and the moon takes over I find my breathing, in and out, soft controlled and metered.  She brings me soft seas, and calm winds every time I look into her beautiful blue eyes.  I had two beautiful boys who bring me the joy of only two boys can, and I have a daughter, who brings me a vision of a better version of myself.

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LUCKY CHARM, thank you for all you do for me each day by being YOURSELF…I learn EVERYDAY to be my “best self” because of you….



Happy Birthday……MOM


A Month to Remember

This is why I have not posted in almost a month

I have never read so much in my life

Conducting research is like conducting a symphony

There are so many instruments that make the whole

So many hours of practice and only one time to perform

I finished this class with a crick in my neck and butt loads of copies of abstracts and other people’s opinions

I posted my literature review and am moving on to yet another class–#5

I have mangaed to juggle my time this month and enjoy the Autumn season, hang with my adorable, sassy, messy, yet productive, creative, smarty pants kids…and their neighborhood friends.

October flew by as fast as an autumn leaf falling from the tree as I realized looking around this morning on my way to morning coffee that it’s November, the leaves are mostly on the ground and isles and isles of Christmas items are loaded in the stores while the withces and Frankenstein’s are tossed in the back for next year.  The day after Halloween Logan demanded all the decorations to be taken down…”it’s not Halloween anymore Mom, Thanksgiving in next!”  These kids–they are so ontop of celebrating the NEXT big event!

Birthday’s, holidays, anniversary’s

It’s been a big month!

Matt and I had our 10 year anniversary!!!

We made our way up to a cabin in the woods in North Carolina and hung out together just the two of us for over 24 hours!  It was lovely.  He surprised me with the trip–planning the whole thing all by himself.

I love him

I am in love with him

I say “I do” everytime I look into his eyes

He is my best friend

As far as the rest of the month….it went day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, to seconds to now

I am writing this in my “spare” time

Between everything from reading, laundary, feeding dogs., telling kids to “be careful”, and at the same time “pick that up”

I am writing this with tired eyes from a very long month

Long from the inside

Outside it flew by like the birds outside my window

I heard it

I even watched it at times

But October is gone

November is…..

Well, before I get there here are the memories of one of my favorite months of the year

Here we go……….



There are so mnay pictures

So little time

I will




Happy Fall Y’all!

I am finding I have not as much time to post thes past couple of months.  My studies are taking every inch of “individual time” away!

Setting myself for obtaining a masters in a year is quite the undertaking……

I need all the crossed fingers I can get!

Life is a beauty outside, the rain soft clouds hover over our heads taunting us with a shower or two.

I drove down the back roads of Knoxville yesterday with yellow leaves falling from each side of the tree lined curvy roads, hitting the black pavement just in time for me to roll by.

The rain has certainly colored the trees.

We went to a mountain get away, my husband and I and two friends, KIDS FREE!  Asheville is a beauty. Builtmore is so spectatular that I rather not put into words.  Here are some pictures of the grounds.  There is no photography allowed inside.


I would move to Asheville in  heart beat if hubby and I could find work. Liberal, comforting, classy, mountain, thoughtful town.


We stayed in a Bed and Breakfast.  LOVELY little house that reminded me of Winston-Salem, NC where we both lived in a house during school.  An old craftman, beautifully set back among trees and mist.

I slept like a baby.

We wanted at least two more days to roam around the town, eat, shop and just hang.  Maybe next year.  Our tenth year anniversary is at the end of the month.  Maybe….

Right now I am under pressure to get through this “research for education” class.  It is a thorn in my side.  I am not a left brain person and so conducting tedious research and analization is new to my brain and to my heart.  I have been clicking pictures and painting my hearts desire for the past three yearss! LOL

It’s good for the soul.  I need something to sink my “brain” into.  Not that clicking pictures and painting art doesn’t require that, we all know, but it a preferred activity, research and analyzing how motivation effects students tests scores has little glitter and glam.

As far as all this  I will take it a day at a time, class by class, enjoy the season and click and paint inbetween the craveses of the day.  There is always time to pick up my camera, Geddy Man, and see the world from my favorite view!

Leaf season is reving up it’s engine!

I find stillness in the chaos of falling leaves, halloween masks, pumkin light, and beef stew simming on the stove inside my house with a fire roaring and kids roasting marshmellows.

Still I stand, in the corner of the room, watching, the action, the movement of others before me.

Taking it all in I try to enhale aleast one new sound, new smell, new vision of the life before me–