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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Halloween 2014

Leigh —  November 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

IMG_9879So last week I had it all planned out. We were going to take it a little easy school wise and throw in a some fun since it was Halloween and all.

My great idea was to spend a couple of hours each morning working on a writing lesson, and then fill the rest of the week with play dates and crafts, and then go out with a bang with some Halloween trick-or-treating on Friday night.

That was the plan anyway. My intentions were good.

But then children are unpredictable at times, and our light school load ended up being quite heavier than I anticipated. I won’t go into the details, but let’s just say, it was a hard homeschooling week at McKibben Elementary. That still happens from time to time. When the children are learning lessons about their character along with their studies, it makes for a difficult week.

Thank goodness, we finally got ourselves together, our attitudes in check, and enough of the work done so that by Friday afternoon, we were ready for some trick-or-treating.

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This is Edie’s third year to be involved in American Heritage Girls. She started when she was six. AHG is an organization similar to Girl Scouts in that the girls earn badges and go to regular troop meetings.

My girl has always loved earning some badges, but lately, she’s been out of control. She’s got badges on the brain. Every time I turn around she is asking either Ken or me to explain weird stuff like the basic components of a computer and how it works (for the Computer Fun badge) or if I could arrange for her to have a tour of our local library (the Book Adventurer badge).

This past week, she earned her Cinematography badge (definitely one for Ken to be involved with and not me). One of the final requirements for this badge was for her to make a 30-second video about why she loves AHG. She wrote the script, picked out the background music, learned how to use a teleprompter, and got her first taste of video editing.

The only thing left to do now is to show her video to her troop, but I thought you guys might enjoy seeing the finished product as well.

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…