• Adventures

    The Evolution of Media

    This past weekend we took a little excursion to Bozeman, Montana where we visited the American Computer Museum. Lyle was geeking out over advances in computer technology which is, of course, the whole point of the museum. I was more interested in the displays of pre-computer technology, starting with handwriting… Lyle held his finger up to the original page from…

  • Heritage

    Back-to-School Nostalgia

    Even though I’m no longer a student, nor are my children, I can’t stay out of the school supplies aisles at Wal-Mart this time of year. There’s just something about fresh notebooks and pencils and crayons that evoke a lot of fond memories for me. This month’s “this or that” questions have to do with back-to-school memories. Here are the…

  • Adventures

    Camping with Kids

    In this week's camping series I've been featuring pages from a fun vintage Little Golden Book, Smokey Bear and the Campers, that I found at a thrift store last summer. The story is about Ernest Swift and his sister, Mary. Yes, those are the children's names. The book was first published in 1961.

  • Adventures

    How to Plan Your First Camping Trip

    It’s official. Our vintage camper has been retired. We ended getting a newer one a couple of weeks ago. We are excited. It will definitely make camping a little more comfortable as well as give us the option for traveling with it if we want. As we are getting it set up and loaded with our equipment I pulled out…

  • Heritage

    Mother’s Day is Not About Me

    As a preacher’s kid, it seems like the focus of Mother’s Day when I was growing up had to do with the Sunday morning service. I don’t remember specifically doing anything for my own mother, though I’m sure we did. Rather, my memories are of Dad having all the mothers assemble at the front of the sanctuary to be presented…

  • Heritage

    Winter Road Trip: In Arkansas

    After two-and-a-half days on the road, we arrived at my parents’ home in northwestern Arkansas early in the afternoon on December 28. We only got to be there two-and-a-half days before heading home again, but we sure packed a lot in. My parents live in the house my grandparents and their younger children built some 40-odd years ago, way back…

  • Pecan Pie

    Uncle Lawton’s Pecan Pie

    My dad has an unusual hobby. If it’s a good year for pecans, he likes to buy a 50-pound bag or two of them in the shell, and then he sits and shells them by the hour. You might wonder what he does with all the pecans he shells. Why, he gives them to his kids, of course! Seriously. How…

  • Heritage

    My Thanksgiving Birthday

    A number of years ago this happy little family “enjoyed” Thanksgiving dinner in the hospital… because the dimpled little darlin’ had just been born the day before. (The day before Thanksgiving, that is. Not the day before this picture was taken!) Thanksgiving doesn’t always fall on November 24. You might think it would happen every 7 years, but no. With…

  • Adventures

    A California Story

    Day 26 of our virtual road trip takes us west from Nevada to California. Lyle and I lived in California for about 15 months in 1988 and 1989, but rather than tell about that, I decided to interview the California boy I married. Lyle grew up in Vallejo which is in the San Francisco Bay area. “Would now be a good time…

  • Heritage

    An Indiana Story

    Day 14 of our virtual road trip takes us south from Michigan to Indiana. Some of my earliest memories take place in Indiana, where we moved the summer I was two-and-a-half. There are a couple of memories I have from that fall that tie in with pictures we have. I think I actually do remember the incidents but probably having…