A Little Perspective

My father was born in 1917, during a time when the first World War was taking a toll on many people in our nation. He survived the Spanish Flu, the world’s most deadly global health pandemic. He lived his teenage years in the midst of the Great Depression. He was drafted into the U.S. ArmyContinue reading “A Little Perspective”

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”

Blue Ridge Mountain Adventures

The Virginia Creeper Trail I’ve been “chomping at the bit” to experience the Creeper Trail ever since I learned about it several years ago.¬† I finally got the opportunity, recently, when my husband and I went on a little adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Our experience began in Damascus, Virginia, where weContinue reading “Blue Ridge Mountain Adventures”

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”

Doing Florida, Old-Style

I have many wonderful memories of visiting the Daytona Beach area during my younger years. It saddens me to see that many of the old hotels have been torn down and replaced with condos. If you look close enough, however, you can still find many historic buildings and storefronts that reflect the flavor and styleContinue reading “Doing Florida, Old-Style”

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”

Police Officer Birthday Party

This police officer birthday party was a fun way to celebrate a special Birthday Boy while also teaching kids about true super heroes! The Decorations Many party supply stores offer police party decorations, including adorable cardboard police cars that are super easy to assemble. The flashing blue light, purchased at Oriental Trading Company, was aContinue reading “Police Officer Birthday Party”

Simple Things Matter

Most of us tend to measure life’s journey in milestones – weddings, births, graduations, job promotions, retirements. We invest a great deal of time and planning¬†into celebrating these things, as it should be, for they are, indeed, joyous occasions. There are, however, many ordinary days in between those special occasions. Sometimes, if we aren’t careful,Continue reading “Simple Things Matter”

October, A Harvest of Fun

I’ve always loved this time of year. I love the vivid shades of the leaves turning on the trees, the smell of firewood burning, and the crunch under my feet as the leaves fall to the ground. I must have driven my kids nuts over the years, always reminding them to take time to noticeContinue reading “October, A Harvest of Fun”

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”