december 19, 2018

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently… As if it is the axis on which the earth revolves. Slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hahn      Charlene and Tony celebrated their one year anniversary back in July. So, naturally, I got them a substantial enlargement for Christmas to celebrate. They were thrilled, and it gave me great

december 18, 2018

“Sometimes we look for those thunderous things to happen in our life for our lives to change or go in the other direction. We seek the miracle. We seek the parting of the seas, the moving of the mountains. But no, it’s a quiet thing. At least for me it was.” ~ Ben Vereen     Aunt Charlene and Uncle Tony invited us Lexington Terry transplants over for a pre-Christmas meatloaf

october 14, 2018

“Sometimes on the way to a dream you get lost and find a better one.” ~ Unknown     We all had such a good time yesterday that I caught not one, not two, but three smiles from Tony Adkins. He’s the sweetest man ever was, but he rarely smiles even when he’s super happy. So, when I caught the first smile I thought it was an anomaly. It wasn’t.

october 13, 2018

“Never underestimate the power of kind words” ~ Unknown     We had our fall family gathering today at Uncle Harold and Aunt Phyllis’ farm in Morgan County (that’s Eastern Kentucky for those unfamiliar). Fall’s brisk weather finally swooped in and made the day crisp and overcast. Perfection. We ate hearty foods, drank hot coffee, had our annual hay ride, shared birthday cake for Dad and Aunt Linda, and told

october 1, 2018

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” ~ Gilda Radner     Tonight we celebrated dad’s 80th birthday. Sixteen of us were able to gather at Ramsey’s for a Monday night dinner and he was just as tickled as he could be to see everyone. Before dinner he got a call from his

july 2, 2018

“Everything comes to you at the right time. Be patient.” ~ Unknown     Tony and Charlene are having a large yard sale tomorrow in West Liberty. At the last minute, not wanting to miss out on the upcoming holiday extravaganza, they threw a summer dinner for the family who could get to them in Lexington. It was a great way to spend a Monday evening, and the food was,

march 27, 2018

“Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love.” ~ TinyBuddha     We tried to have a surprise birthday party for Charlene this evening. I say tried because she was seated at a table for ten…before anyone else arrived. So much for the surprise in “surprise party.” Nevertheless, she was happy

november 23, 2017

“Continue to choose hope over despair, love over hatred, and action over apathy — every single time.” ~ Kamala Harris     Soon after we returned home from Thanksgiving dinner at Aunt Lois’, dad turned to me and said, “That was a wonderful day with the family.” “Yes, it was,” I replied. “It was the best Thanksgiving since Mamaw and Papaw died.” (they died 10 days apart in April 2009)

october 1, 2017

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt     Today was an especially important day. Today, our Hero turned 79 years old. We learned just how bad his heart condition was after his heart attack last year. That, coupled with other significant maladies, pretty much ensured he had very limited time. I can’t tell you how pleasantly surprised, and overwhelmingly grateful, I am that

july 19, 2017

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ~ Carl Bard     I came home to continue processing wedding photos only to realize the picture I posted last night was actually Crystal’s, which explains why I didn’t remember the barn being in my shots…because it wasn’t! I laughed out loud. This time I’m making