Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Willie Says

Willie says
Here's a story that you may not comprehend
But the forest here will rise and bloom again
There's a world beneath the pavement, that will never end
The seeds are lying dormant, it will never end
Listen to their love song that will never end
Its a dream that keeps returning that will never end
~Dana Lyons~ 
~Willie Says~

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Water Balloon War 2011

Our 4th annual Water Balloon Fight was yesterday.  We had such a great time!  It astounds me how lucky I am to have these people in my life.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Sunday Smile

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
~Phyllis Diller~

Saturday, August 27, 2011


 Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?  
~Maurice Maeterlinck~

Friday, August 26, 2011


You have succeeded in life
when all you really want
is only what you really need.

~Vernon Howard

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Shannon's face is so expressive.  
She is fun to watch enjoy things, and just between you and I, she's fun to watch when she's mad too!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Wow time goes so fast.
It is hard to believe the transformation
of my little monsters.
I wonder if I can get them to do this in another five years?

Time is the coin of your life.
It is the only coin you have,
and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
~Carl Sandburg

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Civil War

Kim and Sarah studied the Civil War at the end of last year's History curriculum.  We took the girls and Shannon to the Civil War reenactment in Ferndale a few weeks ago.  Kim borrowed Sarah's hat for the trip and Becca got this great picture of war and peace. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man

if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature

and more time tasting her sweetness

and respecting her seniority.

E.B. White

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011


I find artichokes to be, not only tasty, but a very interesting vegetable.  
The way they grow is very fascinating and makes me happy.

Friday, August 19, 2011


Learn to pause ...
or nothing worthwhile will
catch up to you.

~Doug King~

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hand in Hand

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.
~Frederick L. Knowles

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

One Year

Becca and I were playing the one year game last night.
One year ago we were sitting in Elizabeth Park listening to Dana Lyons.

Monday, August 15, 2011


Laughter is a pleasant sound,
it spreads joy all around
Whether you're young or old,
laughter can be like
Magic to our souls,
whenever we're feeling sad
Laughter can sustain us so that things don't seem
Quite so bad,
if we give into laughter,
it can be like
A cure for something that seems impossible to endure
So any time your spirits need a lift
fill yourself With laughter and you will find,
a much happier
Person with a peaceful frame of mind

~Bonnie Ruth Shaulis~

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Feel Better Baby

Sarah, my wonderful Sarah.
I love you so much and hope that you feel better soon!
Big huge hugs my sweet girl.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Perfect Summer Day

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining,
the breeze is blowing,
the birds are singing,
and the lawn mower is broken.
~James Dent~

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Passionately Curious

I have no special talents.
I am only passionately curious.
~Albert Einstein

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Step Back

When it all looks dark and confusing,
take a step back.
You'll see that the forest was really only a tree.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Wise Man

America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
~Abraham Lincoln

Monday, August 8, 2011


Potential is bottled up inside, waiting to burst forth and become truth.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Silent Unspeakable Memories

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life -
to be with each other in
silent unspeakable memories.
~George Eliot~

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Nature's Friend

"Spend the day bein' lazy, just bein' Nature's friend"
~Alabama: Mountain Music~

Friday, August 5, 2011


Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do it with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
~Og Mandino

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Deep Thoughts

The boy ponders the complexities of life.
He could also just be posing for this picture.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I have come to terms with the future.
From this day onward I will
walk easy on the earth.
Plant trees.
Kill no living things.
Live in harmony with all creatures.
I will restore the earth where I am.
Use no more of its resources than I need.
And listen,
listen to
what it is telling me.
- M. J. Slim Hooey

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Strength and Patience

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.  
~Hal Borland~

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Little Things

Enjoy the little things,
for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
~Robert Brault