• fall,  home life,  kids,  school,  the fam,  Throwback Thursday

    It’s that time of year again {Throwback Thursday}

    I was at Wal-Mart a week or so ago and saw that they had changed out the seasonal area in the front from patriotic July the 4th stuff…to school supplies. I have one child who will be excited for new binders and pencils and such, ready to get back to a routine that allows her to see her friends everyday. I have another child who, well, would just as soon go to work with me. The one bright spot for him is that it is time for a bigger backpack, and the camo one he wanted should arrive any day. I don’t think my children appreciate the arduous task that…

  • fall,  football,  Ole Miss,  Oxford,  Simple on Sunday

    Finally feeling Fall {Simple on Sunday}

    Today, we returned home from Oxford after a great visit with family and friends, and some of the best football I’ve ever watched. (Looks like Bo Wallace’s arm is doing better, my son says. See “When it’s ok to pray about football” in case you missed it.) The Double Decker bus: this kid (the one with his mouth wide open) hollered down to every single LSU fan the bus passed and shouted, “Corndog!” I caught him mid-shout.  I love having a buddy to shop the Oxford Square with me.  It’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday, perfect for a drive. And we got home with some daylight left and enough time to…

  • faith,  fall,  Throwback Thursday

    Throwback Thursday

    Occasionally, for “Throwback Thursday”, I post a column from my newspaper days. As a cool front finally pushed its way through our area today, I thought of this one. Sorta cheesy, but there’s a little nugget in there… A cool breeze, a reminder of a promise As I was headed out the door, I opened the back door this morning to let the dog back in from his morning airing and a cool gush of air hit my face. I thought to myself, I’m going to need  a jacket, at least for this morning.  Then it hit me again.  “I’m going to need a jacket! And it’s still August! Hallelujah!”…

  • fall,  kids,  school,  thankful

    Here comes fall…

    Well, here we are, starting another school year. It gets real this year, folks…our younger child is starting first grade. Meaning real homework. I also have an upcoming fourth grader, which makes me feel old. (Yeah, I know, that’s only going to get worse year after year.)  Obligatory first day of school picture.  Smiling or gritting teeth?  The start of school also brings with it the resumption of all things extracurricular: violin, sports, ballet, church programs, etc. Our life gets a little nuts about this time every year. Fortunately, this year, I managed to pull off some back to school preparations ahead of time. The school supplies were purchased weeks…