‘A’ only matters with ‘B’

October 22, 2013

We moved into a new home mid-August.  It's a dream place for us, and as soon as we sell our old house - yes, we're those people - we'll be able to celebrate even more. We're probably 80% moved in with the other 20% being primarily the piles of art and pictures that either need to be declared an ultra-mod house-maze or actually put on the walls and my new, fabulous, amazing, dreamy office / sewing room / crafting spot that needs to realize its full potential since, at the moment, it looks like the 'before' picture from some hoarding show ...

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FRIDAY LIGHT: Baseball RULES

October 22, 2013

August 19, 2011 With all due respect to Robert Fulghum, you can keep your copy of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten … and just give me some baseball.  After all, there are baseball rules, there’s baseball wisdom, there’s baseball folklore, and there’s the fact that – and yes, it’s a fact – baseball RULES. Here are 10 things about life I have learned from baseball: 1. Perspective is everything. A strikeout to end the inning when the bases are loaded and the go-ahead run is at the plate is awesome.  Unless you’re the batter. 2. It isn’t over until...

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Paul’s Galleria

October 22, 2013

August 18, 2011 Paris has its Eiffel Tower, NYC has its Times Square, and Dallas, where I live, has its shopping. Not being much of a shopper myself and being a proud native Dallasite who loves her city for many, many attractions other than the shopping, I actually find it a bit amusing how people travel to Dallas expressly for the shopping, sometimes from several states away. Arguably the most popular shopping mecca here is the Galleria, a four-story mall with an ice rink and restaurants on the bottom level and an impressive variety of stores.  At Christmas, there’s even an eye-popping four-story Christmas...

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Noah’s Walk

October 22, 2013

August 10, 2011 Two verses.  Just twenty-seven words between them.  But they say so much … about God, about one of the pillars of our faith, about how I want to live. And to think I’ve glossed over them on every previous reading.  Shame on me. My daily Bible reading schedule runs roughly concurrent with the school year, starting August 1 and finishing July 31.  The one I choose to follow – one of many options on Bibleyear.com – gives Old and New Testament readings each day, each one building on the prior day. The other day I was following along and ended up...

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That Spare Polaris!

October 22, 2013

August 8, 2011 “Mommy, why do we have a Polaris?” Brent asked with his characteristic inquisitiveness. He asked it approximately 13 times in a row in the span of two breaths with his characteristic Rapid-fire Questioning Urgency. I was having an out-of-body experience.  The pool sweep that runs on a timer and does its best to keep our pool clean is called a Polaris, yes.  And because the littles have only recently conquered their fear of it, Brian and I hear about the Polaris quite a bit, answering questions about it almost daily while we take a family dip in the pool. But we...

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Parched, Part One

October 22, 2013

August 3, 2011 The cracks ran so deep that it looked like we were trying to win a Grand Canyon Replica contest in our front yard. Some time while we were in France, our sprinkler system went AWOL, and although we have plans for its court-martial, it remains on the lam.  And so the deep crevasses, the ones that I envision slugs scaling daily for exercise, remain prevalent in our front lawn. But the front yard does not get my attention – or my time – nearly like the backyard.  While in France we had a talented, budding young landscape architect (who just...

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SOUL FOOD: Dave and Brownlee

October 22, 2013

August 2, 2011 His name was David, but his family and friends knew him as Dave. A man’s man, his physical strength was matched by the strength of his character, and he took naturally to the role of protector and guardian that so often befalls the oldest child in a large family, even though he wasn’t. The second son of seven children, Dave and his siblings lived what was, by all accounts, a loving and happy life with their parents in a small town in Pennsylvania. And then World War II broke out.  All over the United States, men enlisted and women sought...

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Follow That Car!

October 22, 2013

August 1, 2011 Spring in Texas will always have my undying devotion as the greatest time of the year for many reasons – baseball starting up again, the hyacinth poking through the ground offering its intoxicating fragrance, cool mornings that slowly turn into mild afternoons, and did I mention baseball starting up again?! But summer is a close second – yes, even in Texas where the temperatures rival those on the surface of the sun and the bugs grow to be the size of Hummers. For me, summer is fabulous for many, many reasons … but what makes summer most amazing is the...

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Jonah, Jonah, Jonah

October 22, 2013

July 19, 2011 In the car on Tuesday, Brent and Mariana asked me why the cars from the other side of the street had been re-routed to one of the lanes that we would usually be driving in.  I explained it in detail, and then they promptly asked me exactly the same question again. Apparently, I had mistakenly answered them in Chinese.  And based on the number of times this scenario repeats itself every day, I must be wearing out my Mandarin. Eventually, I just answered with, “There is work being done and they had to give the drivers another way to get...

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Things That Go Bump In the Night

October 22, 2013

July 17, 2011 “Would you open my cwoset dohz, Mommy?  I’m afwaid of ghosts.” After a two-week trip during which our four-year-old Brent shared a bed with someone every night, he returned to sleeping in his own double bed in his own room, which just happens to have three closets, the doors of which, in his mind, now somehow look like ghosts … but not if I open them. I smiled a little – without his seeing, of course – as I did what he asked of me and then tucked him in for the night because I so loved it that in...

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