Archive | June, 2012

Madeline Grace

Measuring Coffee, Sin, and Tomatoes

Yesterday I made Iced Mocha Frappes. Around here they are affectionately know as Mocha Frappe Dingos—Eric’s descriptive name of a froufrou coffee drink. However, he really likes this one, especially on a hot afternoon. Today I read this post, Irrevocable, by Sibi at Pearls and Grace. I think you should read it, too. I love…

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Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy. But this requires a profound inner shift in our reality. Many of us unconsciously create dramas in our minds, expecting the worst from a situation only to have our expectations become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Inadvertently, we become authors of our own…

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Screened porch 2

A Summer Treasure

“May the sun bring you new energies by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, and may the rain wash away any worries you may have. May gentle breezes refresh your soul and all the days of your life, may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty.” Unkown The Gift…

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Caleb's T-shirt Quilt

My First T-Shirt Quilt

I finally finished my first t-shirt quilt. The directions that a friend gave me have been in my “to do” file for several years I think. Included in the directions she sent a photo of one of the quilts she had made for her son. I really wanted to make one. But I waited. From…

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DIY art

Dream House

In 1987, we both turned 20 and became husband and wife. I was a student at Samford University and Eric worked full-time at a sheet metal business. We lived in a trailer that my grandmother owned then we moved into the old house next door. We lived there for a year before moving to New…

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Drawn by Maddie

Image Maintenance

In April I went to my dermatologist and she confirmed that there were three places on my nose that were pre-cancerous and in need of treatment. I chose the new three-day treatment that would result in about 2 weeks of redness, burning, and peeling. She said it would be pretty severe so I waited until…

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Cades Cove Grist Mill

That Thing You Do

Why do you do what you do? You job, volunteer projects, mission trips, cooking for your family, decorating your house, helping in VBS, —why do you do it? Is it because you feel you have to? Is it because you think no one else will do it if you don’t? Is it because you think…

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Eric at Cades Cove


I like him. I love him, of course. But I really like him. He makes me laugh and cry (happy tears). I like to hang out with him—a lot. We like to do the same things but mostly we just like to be together and talk—or not. Today was one of those hangin’ out days….

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Great Smokey Mountains

Friday Morning Worship

Our first morning in the mountains I stood on the deck of our cabin and watched the sunrise. I was speechless. So I grabbed my iPhone and listened to this. Words for my worship….

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Great Smokey Mountains


Money spent for a trip to the Great Smokey Mountains—- $$$ Walking on the trail to Clingmans Dome—– Too far and too steep (almost) Hearing this 18 year old say, “This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen” And hearing this 72 year old say, “I’ve never seen anything like it”. Priceless.    

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