God · Hope · Uncategorized

Some Thoughts on Hope

Reading Time: 4 minutesI used to think that hope was based on circumstances. One day the tide will turn. My prince will come. My luck will change. Superman will arrive. I’ll win the golden ticket. It’s all in the luck of the draw. But this mentality puts you in a passive, codependent role, helplessly waiting for your moment… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Hope

Family · God · Grief · Uncategorized

It’s Been a Year

Reading Time: 3 minutesDear Lauren, It’s been a year since you left this world, and we miss you still the same. Our hearts ache when we long to pick up the phone and hear your voice on the other end. It’s been a year of holidays, birthdays, and special days without you to celebrate them. Life has proven… Continue reading It’s Been a Year

Holidays · Kids · seasons · Uncategorized

The 10 Most Overrated Things About Fall

Reading Time: 9 minutesWell, it’s that time of year again, folks. When all of social media is abuzz with the passing of summer and the approaching autumn equinox. I wish I could join in the excitement, but I am a summer gal – give me perpetual summer break, beach vacations, swimming pools, sun tans, flip flops, peaches, blueberries,… Continue reading The 10 Most Overrated Things About Fall

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The Dregs of Summer

Reading Time: 1 minuteAround this time of year, I always feel a little sad with the passing of summer. Summer is my favorite season. Yes, even in the Georgia heat. Beaches, peaches, blueberries, vacations, sandals, swimming pools, sun tans, summer dresses, and freckles make me happy. I love the sun, and really do hate winter time. Winter is… Continue reading The Dregs of Summer

Curly girl · Family · malta · Uncategorized

Growing Up Maltese: The Football Edition

Reading Time: 4 minutesMy father is Maltese. Yes, Maltese like the cross. Yes, like the dog. And no, it is NOT where malt beverages were invented. I get asked that more than you would believe. My dad was born in Hamrun, Malta on June 18th, 1950. He immigrated with his family, to Ellis Island, on December 5th, 1952,… Continue reading Growing Up Maltese: The Football Edition

Homeschool · Kids · Music · Uncategorized

Observations from a Piano Bench

Reading Time: 1 minute

My daughter, Josephine, age 9, sat at her piano, practicing. She called to me from her seat, “Hey Mom! Did you know that a flat is sharp and a sharp is a flat?”

“Say what?”

“The black keys are both sharps AND flats! It just depends on what note you’re playing!”

“That’s neat. So, based on your perspective, the same key can have two totally different names.”

“That’s right! To A, the black note, or the sharp, is a big brother. But to B, the SAME black key is a flat. It’s a little sister.”

Two things: 1. Having your kids learn a musical instrument is an education all by itself. 2. Kids are naturally brilliant and I highly recommend hanging out with some on a regular basis.

Family · Uncategorized

The Kind Gentleman

Reading Time: 5 minutesMy husband’s father, Lauren Oliver Buckland, Sr., passed away on July 28th, 2014. There was a memorial service held yesterday in Atlanta at Church of the Apostles, a church they attended for many years. It was a beautiful service and a wonderful tribute to a man we loved dearly and who will be greatly missed.… Continue reading The Kind Gentleman

Christianity · Kids · Parenting · Pop Culture · Uncategorized

Let’s Ban #BanBossy

Reading Time: 5 minutesSheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, and a bunch of other important people, are on a mission to ban the word “bossy.” They argue that the word is too often used as a negative label describing girls with natural leadership qualities. Really? I thought I was using it to describe someone,… Continue reading Let’s Ban #BanBossy

Marriage · Pop Culture · Uncategorized

For the Level of Humanity!

Reading Time: 3 minutesUnless you have no internet connection, no television, never go to the grocery store, or aren’t on speaking terms with your mother, you have probably already heard the news:  George Clooney is getting married!  The internet is abuzz with THE woman who finally captured George’s heart.  Her name is Amal Alamuddin, and her resume is… Continue reading For the Level of Humanity!

Books · Kids · Uncategorized · Unschooling

Unschooled by Stuart Little

Reading Time: 2 minutes
“Everyone will now take his or her seat!” commanded Stuart. The pupils filed obediently down the aisles and dropped into their seats and in a moment there was silence in the classroom. Stuart cleared his throat. Seizing a coat lapel in either hand, to make himself look like a professor, Stuart began:
“Anybody absent?”

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