Anyone who knows my Nate knows he’s always thinking about something. His wonderful brain never stops planning, pondering, or picturing his next “thing.” For weeks he’s been following me around the kitchen; scribbling ingredients on a piece of notebook paper and making them read like recipes. Monday morning, his alarm went off at 6:30am. He … More Nathan’s Diner
Every year I do it–I pick just one, small word. I call it my Focus Word, mostly because I’m not creative enough to come up with a fancy name for it. It’s one word that sums up all my intentions for each new year. I use the word to keep me grounded, challenge myself to … More One Word
A sweet, hunched-over old lady pushed her cart slowly and deliberately through the aisles of the commissary. I had been stuck behind her in several aisles and I confess I was getting slightly annoyed at the fact that she appeared to be in no particular hurry. Rolling my eyes and searching for the perfect moment … More United.
Every military spouse I know has one. It’s some sort of marked box or storage bin; usually shoved in the back corner of a closet. Sometimes the lid closes nicely. Sometimes it’s crammed so full that we have to stack other boxes on top to keep it closed. This box is filled with curtains. And … More The Secret Life of Curtains
I know all about sisters. As a matter of fact, I have a bunch of them. One full, biological sister, and a grand total of 6 that are half-sisters and step-sisters. Some I am very close to and share countless memories with because we’ve spent a ton of time together, and some (I confess) … More A New Kind of Sister
It was just supposed to be your ordinary, run-of-the-mill errand day–a trip to Target and then to Costco. My lists were made and I was on a mission to get in, get out, and get home. My Target list was simple: purchase our remaining items for Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse It’s something we look … More Answers
I was minding my own business…wiping counters and sweeping crumbs. Words swirled around in my brain as though they were begging me to sit down with my laptop and let them all spill out. I was anxious to get the younger kids settled for the night when Ella, our youngest, issued her request: “Mommy? Will you … More Day 26: The Beauty of Monopoly Jr.
It was one of “those” weeks in the Crabb Shack. The kind of week where you start off Monday morning with every activity written neatly in color-coded pen in your planner…and by Friday the pages are covered in scribbles and wite-out and things left undone. All the “unexpecteds” hit like a ton of bricks and … More Day 25: Soul Food
This post is part of my Write 31 Days challenge and also the Five-Minute Friday online community that I participate in each Friday. A one-word prompt is given every Friday and we are encouraged to just free-write for 5 minutes and post it to our blogs without over-thinking or editing. If you’d like to participate, … More Day 23: I Choose Joy: Five-Minute Friday
I have an incredibly special friend. I met her almost 20 years ago while working at a summer camp. Her name is Kathleen, but she’s notorious as “Kaster-woman” or “Kaster,” for short. It wasn’t hard for us to get to know each other because she asked me exactly one million questions. Sometimes they were trivial … More Day 21: “Kaster”