Back Home Again

Back Home Again

My glorious vacation and family time in Minnesota was finished off on Monday night with a late dinner at the Blarney Stone Irish Pub with Vicki. It was definitely a place I would visit again, as were Spitfire Bar and Grill – Dinner with Doug, Sarah, Vicki, Lauren, Mom and Jeff Doolittles Woodfire Grill – with Vicki, Lauren and Mom(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 5

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 5

Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity to attend mass with my brother and his family at their home parish, the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo. What a blessing, my heart was so full because it was the very first time I’d been able to attend mass with them since we all became Catholic. Afterward, we came(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 4

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 4

Saturday morning Vicki and I were treated to a mini-concert, when Lauren, who had brought her baritone with her from Montana, brought it out and played for us. I couldn’t be more proud of her for picking up a brand new instrument and learning to play — and well! — and take so much joy from(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 3

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 3

Thursday appears to have disappeared from my memory — at least, I have no photos of that day.  I dimly recall Doug and Sarah coming over to Vicki’s house that evening to have a “Waiting For Lauren” party that ended pretty early since Sarah was coming down with a cold. Vicki and I held on till Lauren,(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 2

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 2

One of the most delightful serendipities of changing the dates of this trip up north was the fact that we were in town during the annual Concordia College Cobber Corn Feed!  It’s been a regular tradition for our family since Jeff started college there 30-some years ago (and yes, that makes me feel tremendously old, but(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 1

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 1

I am finally able to sit down to my blog and write a little about my reflections at the end of an unusual summer.  Our family has traditionally made a point of visiting our ranch at least once a month during the summer, when everyone has time off of school; this year, circumstances intervened to(…)

Gifts

Gifts

Before I up and leave town, I want to say some things about today.   Thing One: This is a heart-full of lovely people. Each one is a gift for which I am so grateful!   Thing Two: Joann brought these for us today, and they could not be more perfect for our home. I(…)

Accomplishments a la bullet points

Accomplishments a la bullet points

A proper list of things I accomplished this week might include the following: Some school with my high schoolers; Lots of reading to the toddler; Managing my life from the Kindle while my PC was out of commission (again); Went to see a doctor; Took various kids to various appointments; Went back to the doctor(…)

The heart of man disposeth his way:

The heart of man disposeth his way:

…  but the Lord must direct his steps. – Psalm 16:9 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)   It was Saturday morning. For the last 5 weeks, that has meant an early rise and drive across the valley with my honey (stopping at the QT before we hit the freeway to pick up bag lunches), for a five(…)

Audition Portraits

Audition Portraits

… or, “Any Excuse To Take Photos of my Kiddos!”     My lovely Laurent was on her way to an audition this evening, and I needed to try to capture a smidgen of her beauty. And then, wouldn’t you know, when I set the camera down, Megan came along and took better pictures than(…)