Time flies!

Tom and I were married on this date nine years ago. With lots of life and a combination of seven children under our belts, we had what is termed “baggage”. Still, we were in love and determind that we would make a life together. Here we are, after nine years full of bumps, tears, triumphs […]


Today is the first day of summer break. It is also the day Graham and I embark on an adventure- a “project” of sorts. Our plan is to research, explore and chronicle our home state of Louisiana. We’ve only been back here for a few months. Graham hasn’t lived here for the last 9 or […]

The day arrived

I knew it would happen… eventually. Every kid goes through this rite of passage. And then, so does every mother. As we approached Graham’s school this morning, he said “Mom, could you say you love me BEFORE I open the door to get out?”. I feel a little sting to my heart. And I remembered […]

No fooling!

It’s April 1st- the universal day of practical jokes. Keeping my ears and eyes open, lest my imaginative husband tries to prank me.


I rushed into the local bookstore this morning for a Christmas gift I had to get into the mail today. My search was fruitful, but still I felt anxious, knowing I had a full list of things left to accomplish. My mind rushing, I approached the check-out. The young lady behind the register smiled and […]

“Into” Louisiana

I’ve been here about three months now. It’s beginning to feel like home, again. Having been away for 30 years, I’d forgotten much about the area, the people and the history of my home state. But in the time I’ve been back, I’ve been sweetly reminded of what could make any of us proud to […]

Kenneth R. Brown December 9, 1959-August 24, 1998

Life changed forever on this date eleven years ago. My husband, Kenneth, was killed in an accident. He was 38 years young. In those first days and weeks, I thought I, too, would die. I knew I had to go on, to live for my three children. They needed me. And, I, them- more than […]

In memory of Momma

Perhaps my earliest memories of childhood are singing along with my Momma and the other congregants in a little country church called Oak Grove Baptist. I loved the words of those songs and the sound of what seemed in my young mind to be angels singing.  The years passed and on occasion Momma, my sister Debbie and I […]

A click of the heels…

going back home. My home state, at least. It’s been 29 years since I’ve lived there. And unlike most folks, I’ve never had a hankering to move “back home”, to Louisiana. I enjoyed my adopted home, Texas. I lived in Wichita Falls, San Antonio, Pleasanton, Kingsville and Carrollton. Other than Wichita Falls, I understand the pride of […]

Staying afloat

It’s been raining here for about four straight days and nights. No let-up. We needed the rain, so I’m not complaining. There’s a tropical storm hovering off the coast of Florida. Extended forecast calls for more rain.  The pool is over-flowing and the ground is soggy. Our kitchen is still out of order, some of […]