On October 23, 2010, under a full moon and surrounded by friends and family, Cooper Barghols took his last dose of chemo. It was a night of rejoicing! We don’t publicly celebrate many of the milestones these days, but we do recognize them among ourselves. The anniversary of his diagnosis. The cancer-free day that coincides… Continue reading Best Celebration EVER!
Strange times are these days/weeks/months of COVID. In our home, we have mourned the loss of senior year, graduation, and the milestones that come with all of that. But, I know our family is going to look back and wish we had done a better job of acknowledging the highlights and achievements. For posterity’s sake,… Continue reading Celebrating Cooper
Key Concept #1: ‘Lifelong learner’ is a term I’ve referenced in previous blog posts. I claim that character trait as my own. I’ve always read parenting magazines and books – from the time my kids were babies, on to toddlers, pre-teens, teens, college, and now young adults. Yes, there are some innate aspects to parenting,… Continue reading Do You Potter?
West side of guest house Guest House Our property naturally slopes. In some places, the slope has been exaggerated. One such place is on the west side of our guest house. The hill is rather dramatic. It’s a difficult area to cut with a lawnmower. And at the bottom of the hill resides Brad’s salsa garden. We decided… Continue reading Planning For A Few Pops of Color
Do you remember being 25 years old? I remember my 25th birthday vividly, as well as the year that followed. Birthday-to-Birthday, it was an eventful year. It started by celebrating my 25th birthday with Brad. We were dating at the time. We traveled from Tulsa to visit with his parents as they wintered in South… Continue reading Taking Stock at 25
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in my life. I can readily recognize that navigating manhood is a difficult task. As a woman, I support my husband as a wife – but also as the father of my children. I know that my kids are watching his every move. Based on Brad’s actions, my… Continue reading My Man Got His Mojo Back
Last year when I told my mother that I was planting a strawberry patch, she sent me an article and said I should consider intermingling the strawberries with asparagus. Well, asparagus really wasn’t on my to-do list and I didn’t want to spend the time researching it. I was already down the road three steps… Continue reading Asparagus
Brad loves a fireplace, and prefers wood-burning to gas. Our house has that. The previous owners left a disheveled stack of wood which we haphazardly added to when we had a few trees taken down two years ago. The area was just a mess but didn’t seem to warrant my attention until this summer. Mainly,… Continue reading Side Project: Firewood
In a recent blog, I reviewed a couple of books and commented that I was inspired by the long-term garden cultivating efforts of these authors. Inspired? Yes. But in hindsight, these authors are not what spurred me to action. I was already on that path. Their life journeys were just a reminder of what I… Continue reading Planting Tea
When you look at my life, I want you to readily recognize that God is important to me. Daily, I take time to observe the way He is working in my life and I count my blessings. I have the privilege of being surrounded by people who pray for me and my family. They have… Continue reading Life update … with a medical focus