The Gift I Never Expected

As I sat in my comfy chair, late in the evening, pondering the events of this Mother’s Day, it occurred to me that I received the most amazing gift from my children today, and I’m pretty sure they don’t even realize that they gave it to me. Let me explain. I love exploring history, especiallyContinue reading “The Gift I Never Expected”

Pete the Cat Birthday Party

My grandson loves Pete the Cat, and that was the theme he chose for his 4th birthday party.¬† Pete the Cat books are so much fun to read, and more and more people are finding that out. There will, no doubt, be endless options for buying Pete the Cat party supplies before too long, butContinue reading “Pete the Cat Birthday Party”

Birthday Spa Party Fun for Little Ones

Of the many birthday parties I’ve planned for kids, I think this Spa Party was the one the little guests enjoyed most of all. We had a blast planning it, as well! The Decorations Rather than the traditional birthday balloons, we went with a flower and pink lemonade theme for the party. We used assortedContinue reading “Birthday Spa Party Fun for Little Ones”

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Birthday Party

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a birthday boy looking at me! We had so much fun turning one of our favorite books into a special party to celebrate this little guy’s first birthday! White table coverings allowed us to present the decorations in a manner that coincides with the book.Continue reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear Birthday Party”

Shenanigans

My husband and I started a family tradition, 30 years ago, of hosting a Shenanigans Party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our Murphy relatives. We served Irish stew along with a variety of green foods. We drew names to exchange gag gifts – I remember my sister-in-law giving me a copy of Cowsmopolitan MagazineContinue reading “Shenanigans”

The Delights of December

December; the most wonderful time of the year! My list of things for which I am grateful during this month runs rich and deep, with many celebrations, traditions, and so much love. My family started the month with our tradition of building Gingerbread Houses. My daughter, husband, and I helped the grandkids decorate their veryContinue reading “The Delights of December”

The Freedoms of July

Any list of gratitude for the month of July must begin with being grateful to live in a free nation. Not everyone in the world enjoys that freedom, and we must never take it for granted. I’m grateful for our Founding Fathers; those who came before us and risked their lives and the lives ofContinue reading “The Freedoms of July”

Milestones in May

All of the events and activities of spring are winding down to make room for the fast-approaching relaxing days of summer. It’s a time for celebrating many milestones for my family, and I’m grateful for each and every one of them. Another Kentucky Derby in the Books The state of Kentucky gets many visitors thisContinue reading “Milestones in May”

The Secret Garden

Located just off the beaten path in Commiskey, Indiana, walking into Stream Cliff Herb Farm is like stepping into a Secret Garden. Wildflowers and lush landscaping line brick pathways which lead from one beautiful discovery to another, from reflecting ponds to serene¬†gardens to an old wooden chapel. My daughter and I spent an afternoon thereContinue reading “The Secret Garden”

Awesome April

Springtime is in full gear and the celebrations are non-stop for my family during the month of April. Here are some of the things for which I’m grateful during this sweet time of year: BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS We kick off the month of every April by celebrating my husband’s birthday. The grand kids have the bestContinue reading “Awesome April”