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My Come Back Post

Leigh —  April 13, 2015 — 1 Comment

So…it’s been a while. A long while. Whenever I take a break from blogging, I always feel like I need to explain myself, some sort of excuse for my absence, but the truth is I just didn’t feel like writing. I needed a break. It wasn’t intentional or planned. One day, I just decided to stop.

See, I had kind of lost the hang of it, and blogging began to feel like another chore I had to complete. I was no longer writing because I enjoyed it or was inspired by something. In some weird way, I felt like it was expected of me and that I was letting myself down when a week or two passed between posts. I know it was pressure I was completely putting on myself, but that’s what I do.

So when I realized that my creative outlet had started to feel demanding, I revolted and said, “Nuts to this!”

For several months, I never looked back. I quit thinking about ideas for future posts, and my camera just set there in the closet, gathering dust between uses.

Then about a month ago, I stumbled onto the blog and started reading some of my old posts, and for the first time in months, I realized that I really did miss it. I love that my kids have an extended journal of their childhood, complete with pictures and funny quotes. I like that I am to recall memories better because I’ve written about them.  And when I don’t remember the details exactly, I just enter a quick search, and I can read exactly what we were feeling and doing in those moments. I know if I stop blogging for good, I am going to regret it.

So I’m back, for no reason in particular. I just decided it was finally time.

A zillion things have happened since I was last here, but here are some of the highlights: Continue Reading…

My Favorite Love Story

Leigh —  November 25, 2014 — 1 Comment

I wrote the following post a little over five years ago to commemorate the anniversary of US.

Ken and I had a rocky relationship in the beginning, and this is the story of when it all finally clicked and we got it together.

While I’ve never reposted one of my blog entries before, this really is too good a love story not to share more than once, and since today is our fourteenth anniversary, I thought a retelling was warranted.

Plus a lot of you guys are new here and haven’t been reading for five years, so this will be a new story to you. (Also it might be handy to know that this was originally posted on November 1, 2009 and that I used to go by the nickname “Lei-Lei” in my younger days.)

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War on Drugs

Leigh —  October 17, 2014 — Leave a comment


This kid makes me laugh out loud at least once a day. Most of the time, it’s when he’s not even trying to be a ham.

While riding in the car the other day, I randomly asked him, “Roarkie, what are you going to say if someone ever asks you if you want to smoke a cigarette?”

I do this from time to time. It’s how I choose to fight the War on Drugs. Little, one-on-one battles, starting about the time they can talk. Sometimes instead of using the phrase “smoke a cigarette,” I might shake it up and ask about drugs or shoplifting or anything I can think of that could possibly ruin their lives forever, but on this given day, the topic was smoking.

“What?” he asked, as he looked up from his Lego sticker book.

“What are you going to say if someone ever asks you if you want to smoke?” I repeated.

“That’s easy.He shrugged like it was a no brainer.I’m just going to tell them ‘No way!’ and then, I’m going to kick them in their private spot.”

Mission accomplished.


Ken recently found an old Edie Brickell CD tucked away on some random shelf in his office, and we have been listening to it in the car for the past couple of weeks.

When you live in the country, you spend a fair amount of time in a car even just to get the basics. Most of our main staples come from either Wal-mart or Home Depot, which is about a thirty minute drive any way you shake it. So, a great deal of our Friday nights are spent making a run to Home Depot to pick up whatever supplies we might need for the upcoming project that weekend.

On our way home from buying a hose and a sack full of bulbs to plant, Ken popped in the newly discovered CD, rolled the windows down, and let the music blare as we cruised down the country roads, winding in between farms and pastures.

That CD has been with us a long time. I mean, a looonnnggg time, as in over twenty years. Man, if it could talk! Actually, it’s probably best that it can’t because then it would blab to everyone about all the heart-broken nights I sang along, tears streaming, cursing love, Ken, and my heart for wanting only him. Continue Reading…

The Field Trip Bug

Leigh —  October 3, 2014 — 1 Comment

What’s this? Two posts in one week! Somebody’s feeling on top of things.

I can only blame it on the break. I definitely have other things I should be doing right now such as packing for this weekend’s camp-out, but there comes a point when your to-do list gets so long that you just chunk it out the window and start flying by the seat of your pants.

That’s what I’m doing here. I’m flying, folks!

In the spirit of our different kind of school week last week, I decided to end it with a killer field trip.

I got word that the Tennessee Aquarium was offering half price tickets to homeschoolers last Monday, and I got hit with the field trip bug.

So I passed out permission slips to all my students, and then I signed them. And just like that, it was decided that we were going on a field trip.DSCN9740 Continue Reading…