2019 Off to China…A Magical Wish Comes True

Happy New Year! A Brand New Year and a Wish Granted. Together as a Family We Traveled to China…Beijing to the North and Guangzhou to the South. A Trip we had done two times before for China Adoptions. But Now as a Family with Teen Girls, We Will Experience China through Their Eyes. A Trip […]

A Make A Wish Send Off…

Four Little Words…Your Wish is Granted. Miss Doodle’s Wish. To Dance on the Great Wall of China. Her Wish is Coming True.  This is Really Happening.  And Soon. We are in Awe.  And So Thankful that We Can Share This Together. Thank You Parnall Law Firm and Make A Wish New Mexico Foundation. Thank You. […]

Fairy Lights…Only Batteries Required

Sometimes Simple is Fun. A Mantle Garland of Twine and Paper Coffee Filters. A Gaggle of Nutcrackers all at attention on the banco. Wreaths with pine cones, berries and dried citrus oranges and grapefruit. All tied together with Fairy Lights. Thinnest wires speckled with LED lights and a slim battery pack. 3 AAA batteries do […]

Living Up to Being a “Champion Family”

I received a call…We would Like to Honor You as the Champion Family. I’m not sure what to do with all this. The hospital nominated us for this Title. We were to be honored at the basketball game.  We are the Half Time Show. I knew We had to be Gracious and Humbled and very […]

A Native American Blessing

A Purification Healing Dance for the World. The Mescalero Apache Dancers. Prayers for Peace and Harmony.  Good Health and Happiness. Chanting.  Beating of a Drum.  Dancing Around a Bonfire of Pinon, Cedar and Sage. All are invited to participate.    Bundled Up against the Cold.  Under a Star-filled Sky. Hands are extended.  Palms up.   Receiving […]

Teens and Coats. Battle Lines are Drawn.

Put on a Coat!  It’s Freezing Outside! No Thanks.  I’m Good.  I’m Not Cold. Every morning, the same battle with Miss Doodle 2…Put on a Coat.  Or some variation on the theme.    You Need a Coat!   You’re Going to Freeze.  Hoodies aren’t Warm Enough. Then the Final Stand Off Happened This Week… OK, at […]

Make Way for a Kinder, Gentler Elf

Elf on the Shelf has been bashed, knocked around and rebelled against by many parents. Admittedly, the premise of Elf on the Shelf is a tad creepy. In Theory, Here’s How it Works:  The elf comes boxed in a fancy gift box  with a storybook of how the elf came to be.  Additional elf outfits […]

Why Send Christmas Cards???

You follow Friends and Family and People You Hardly Know on Social Media…Right?   Facebook, Instagram, Email.  You’ve seen it All. Heard it All.  Chatted in cryptic phrases and emoji images. Whether across the street, town, city or universe…You’re Connected. All True. So why take on the Archaic Task of sending Christmas Cards? For me, […]

Simple Trick to Keep Cats Out of the Christmas Tree…And It’s Working!

We have a Naughty Cat.   And this Cat is Smart.     Naughty and Smart…a Disastrous Combination Anytime…but Especially at Christmas. Enter This Year’s Tree.     Sparkly and Glittery.  Gloriously Dressed In Silver.   Graced with Heirloom Ornaments.  Lovely.     But No Matter Live or Fake…     With a Christmas Tree […]

Thanksgiving Dinner…and to All a Good Night!

Thanksgiving Day Upon Us, Our Elf Found Her Way, We’re All Up Before the Sun, For the Cookers’ Biggest Cooking Day.   An Electric Roaster for the Bird,   We Hatch a Brilliant Plan, 16 pounds fit Snugly and Tucked Away to Cook Without a Helping Hand.   Hot from the Oven Sweet Rolls, A […]