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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bunny Time

Little Leighton (LL) -- Easter Sunday 2013

Of course, LL has no clue what Easter is all about. She's not even sure what a bunny is -- I don't think. But here is her official photo to help us remember this day. 

My Hubby, LL and I celebrated with my Mom and Dad this weekend at their country casa. Where real, live, little Cottontails are everywhere. (You just have to catch them out and about early in the morning -- or lateish in the evening -- taking care of their wabbit business.)

We're all looking forward to an actual Easter Egg Hunt next year. We think LL will understand -- enough. ELC and I also plan to teach her the significance of this Christian holiday. How it fills us with love, gratitude, peace, hope and JOY.

Dearest Lord God Almighty,
Thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Who Needs A Cup?

March "Inspirationess" has come to an end (try to move on) with this FUNNY...

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We sincerely hope you've been inspired. That you've paused to think. Quietly considered the wisdom. Or, at the very least, SMILED!

Watch for "Little Things We Love." They're coming in April...


Monday, March 25, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013


we've made two steps forward and one step back so many thousands of times in our collective 88ish years, we're pretty sure we could compete in the cha-cha on dancing with the stars. it's all in the attitude. and it's perspective.

have a WONDERFUL weekend, friends...

ta-ta for now...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Trust Yourself

Being a still-newish Mom, I'm racked with the fear of making mistakes daily. If I'm being completely honest and realistic, it's probably more like hourly. As Little Leighton has grown the past almost eight months, my fears, though still present, have changed. What started out as:

Is she breathing?

Is she getting enough to eat?

Why is she randomly crying?

Am I'm putting this diaper on correctly?

Has become:

Is she developing on track?

Why won't she sleep consistently?

Should I have her in some type of educational class?

Should she be talking by now?

I'm a worrier. Plain and simple. In the early days of navigating this motherhood journey, ELC emailed me this quote from Real Simple. I hope someday LL knows I have enough faith in her for the both of us. Just like I know my incredible Mom has faith in and for me. Thank you, ELC, for lifting me up -- picking me up -- believing in me -- encouraging me -- and helping me trust myself. I love you!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Don't Ask Why...

We love us some Hallmark cards! Always have. Always will. We wish we could go sit, for a week or two, with the cRaZy/FUN peeps who cleverly design them. Especially the Shoebox and Fresh Ink creators/writers. Over the years, we’ve even been unable to part with a few cards we’ve purchased—because they touched our hearts or tickled our funny bones. Yes. Yes, we know that sounds ridiculous.

Here’s a silly from a Fresh Ink card many, many moons ago (and ELC did make a sacrifice by sending it off to a deserving/understanding/college friend):

This guy in college
      used to say,
“Maybe ‘Why’ isn’t the
Maybe ‘Why’ is the
Looking at it now,
      I realize he was probably drunk.

      And please don’t ask why.

It was a birthday card. So it actually said: “Have a Happy Birthday…” We took our poetic license and made it applicable to our post today. However, if this is not only Friday in your Little Corner of the World, but also YOUR birthday, then PLEASE make it applicable to YOU, okay?


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

People Who Need People

GOD doesn’t give you
the people you want.
He gives you the
people you need…
To help you, to hurt you,
to leave you, to love you,
and to make you
the person
you were meant to be.

I think I rather like those who help me and love me the most! Don't you? Sigh. I do believe every person comes into your life for a reason. Sometimes it’s just downright hard to figure out what that reason is/was.

It’s heavenly right now in North Central Texas. Not too much wind for a nice change! We must remember these incredibly beautiful days as Tornado Season approaches…and it is fast approaching...

smooches from ELC… 

Friday, March 8, 2013


Here is our second March Inspirationess (You know…like March Madness? Only Inspirationess? Ha? No? Never mind.) quote:

No matter how many
mistakes you make
or how slow
your progress,
you’re still way ahead
of everyone
who isn’t trying.

I’ve been a counselor/therapist for over twelve years. Started on my Masters’ degree when TLC was in the 7th grade and finished it at the end of her 10th grade year. I went back to school after battling breast cancer and being determined she would learn that you don’t give up. Ever. I wanted her to believe you should never be afraid to start something challenging just because you’ve had some setbacks. Some discouragements.

I’m mostly retired (having started kind of late…at that particular job/career choice) but still work with some adolescents a few hours each week. We work on building self-esteem and choosing healthier ways to handle anger. We discuss bad choices made and how to make better ones today. And tomorrow. I always admit to them what my shortcomings have been/are. If I don’t, how can I expect them to be completely honest with me—and themselves? I tell them I don’t remember a time in my life when I believed I was perfect. Better or smarter than anyone else. In fact, I work on building my own self-esteem. Even now. At 59. I tell them I fail. Every day. At something. Sometimes many things. That I try to forgive myself and get up the next day ready to start over. Hopeful to do better.

That’s why I love this quote. (Wish I knew the author. I’ll bet she or he has lots of other profound wisdom to share.)

Here’s to Friday! To Gratitude! To Determination and Perseverance!

Hope y’all have a Wonderful Weekend…wherever in the World you are…

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Inspiration and Laughter

TLC and I often need a lot of both. Mostly laughter, I think. We’ve decided it could be fun to devote the month of March to quotes that inspire us. Or make us laugh. Or both! Perhaps you'll have seen a few of these on Facebook. We’re not going to lie: We think some of the posts our friends find and share are priceless. One of the best things about Facebook. (My past year of experience with Facebook has been sketchy—at best. TLC has to put my pictures of Little Leighton on my page. I rarely ever post anything. And something has to touch my heart and/or soul and/or funnybone for me to “Share” it. Oh, well.)

One of my sweet friends posted this quote the other day and it made me giggle. I can’t think of a better way to describe this kind of frustration:

Trying to understand
the behaviour of some people
is like trying to smell the
color 9.

Yes. Yes, it is.


I have no clue who the clever person was that penned this. It wasn’t listed on the post. I do so adore how they spelled “behaviour,” though. You know this about me and TLC, right? We love our extra “u”s.

Hope y’all have had a simply spectacular and lovely weekend—and that your upcoming week is full of razzle and dazzle!!!