Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Dressed up by granddaughters,
a.k.a. "sisters"
 Ta da . . .
We are happy to announce that the second book, I AM DACHSHUND, is now in the publication process.  This doxie is absolutely thrilled about its impending release!  Also, the cover design has been completed and approved--readers and dachshund lovers are gonna love it.

Stay tuned for further publication updates on I AM DACHSHUND . . . it won't be long now!  And once released, it will be available on Amazon (and Kindle format), Christianbooks, Family Audio Library (no Kindle or Nook needed), Barnes and Noble, plus many other websites.

Check back often for further updates!

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Granddaughters in "bamboo

We don't have snow that often here in North Carolina, so it is a real treat when we get it.  This year, we had a white  Christmas, and the snow is my favorite kind:  fluffy, moist enough to make snowballs, and deep enough to turn our world into a winter wonderland.  I enjoyed watching the children play from my perch in the sunroom.  Their mom took the pictures:

Monday, December 20, 2010


Yes, today is our fortieth wedding anniversary!  It has been quite a ride along the way, chock full of blessings and joys, notably our daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, siblings & their families, my mom--well, you get the idea!

Whatever possessed us to marry so close to Christmas?  This definitely dates us, but Clark was in the U.S. Army "way back then," and his tour of duty in Vietnam was over in November 1970.  I had the entire year to plan the wedding while he was away, so we set the date of December 20, giving us a few weeks to finalize details after his return in November of that year.

In this age of technology (and we thought we had technology back then), I'd like to announce that we did not speak to each other that entire year, surviving on letters (handwritten) and photos!  Oh, some wives and fiancees recorded cassettes for their guys, and we thought that was a big step! 

In any case, much has changed over the past forty years, but some things remain the same:  our love for each other and for our wonderful family.  In the midst of a sometimes topsy-turvy world, some things are priceless (to borrow a phrase from a television commercial).  Being with our loved ones, sharing laughter and conversation with them, and watching the grandchildren blossom before us simply cannot be taken for granted.  The Lord has given us so much, and we are thankful to Him daily.  Our daughters are endearing, our sons-in-law are like sons, and our little grandchildren bring such joy to our lives.  My mom is the only parent still with us, and we celebrated her 83rd birthday Saturday.

Our 40th anniversary with our
"baby" Duke

Enjoy your family.  We share some wonderful times and memories, and those are so much better than anything else out there!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la la la la la. That, my dear friends, is not all there is to Christmas!  Political correctness notwithstanding, "Jesus IS the REASON for the SEASON." 

While this post is bordering on a rant, I stand my ground:  Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Period.  If folks don't like the fact that it is Christmas, then they should just clam up and get out of the way when we celebrate it!  And, why spend lots of money on Christmas presents and decorations, celebrating the secular side of this holiday, but object to its raison d'etre, or its basis for being a holiday in the first place??

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