NaPoWriMo Day 2

Family Poem and Portrait

Steadfast Determination

Purely authentic, individually unique, collectively talented. 

Loyalty steadfast, determination unmatched, ready for a challenge

Appreciation growing, hard working, idea driven.  

Trusting, honest to a fault, possibly too naive. 

All at home, family unit, savoring the days…

NaPoWriMo Day 4

I’m afraid these may show up out of order. Sometimes I can’t force out a poem, or it may take more than one day for me to write it!

Day 4 NaPoWriMo 

The Cruelest Month

Glorious sunshine
Thermometer bright
Boots in the box and coats out of sight. 

Children outdoors now 
Sunglasses we need
The warmth hugs and holds us, our hopes it exceeds. 

Spring break begins now
For April has come
Projects outdoors, and then hours of fun. 

But weather surprise us
A fire we need
Inside the air’s chilly, we just can’t believe

We wake to find white
No sign of the sun
Vacation is tarnished, what happened to fun?

Dear April why now 
Does snow grace our land?
Spring weather expected and now we demand. 

Sunshine come back now
And warm our bare skin
And let the vacation now finally begin. 

NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 1

It’s April and national poetry month!  I am joining the challenge to write one poem a day in April. I am following the prompts from the NaPoWriMo blog, and today’s poem is…

Poetic form: Lune
American Haiku 5-3-5
No other rules

Love never forgets
And hearts yearn
For memories vivid

The Painter

I’m going to brag on my daughter for a few minutes. She is a teenager with no formal training. 

Let me say that again…no formal art training. 

She has taken on this project for her bible teacher to paint a scene depicting portions of the book of Revelation. 

For the first time, I have had to joy of seeing her work because the project is home right now, in our formal dining room, during spring break. 

She still has a LOT to do, but I am blown away daily at her ability. 

She has been working on the four horses, the shield, and last night she penciled in the face of the horseman on the gray horse of death. 

This morning I woke up to this. 

I don’t even know how she does this. I can’t even imagine how incredible this will be when she is finished!

I’m beginning to get a little salty that we will not be keeping this project!


The horses are bursting out of an open scroll, the 7 seals are split, there’s an angry sky and the earth is on the bottom left as well.  And there is a lot of white space which will reveal more surprises as she keeps painting.  
I’m just so proud of how hard she’s working on this and I can’t help but wonder if we should be researching art colleges. 

She would rather I don’t interrupt her for pictures, but these are memories that must be preserved!!

PS, this is her first experience with oil paints!

Hi Again!

I think about blogging often. I imagine a vibrant blog full of words that create pictures and imaginations and possibly tears. It requires action…action on my part, to get the writing on the page. 

It’s spring break. I’m home and have time to write. I plan to write more, especially during April. 

April is NaPoRiMo, National Poetry Writimg Month. The idea is to write a poem a day for every day in April. 

I’m going to do this again. I attempted this a few years ago and wrote some of my favorite poems. I love the challenge of rhymes and words and verse and rhythm and cadence!

I was looking through my phone (as I often scribble down thoughts on my “yellow pad”), and found this Haiku. It will probably sneak in as a poem on a day I’m short on time. I’m pretty sure I wrote it, but I don’t remember when!


Brightness falling dim
Many colors coming one
Sundown turning night

This was a recent sunset after a busy week.  Enjoy!



I blogged 5 times last year in this blog.  I plan to step it up this year!  It’s even one of my 3 goals for the year. 

The goals are simple…financial, mental, physical. 

#1. We’ve been working fairly diligently toward goal #1, and I think this could be the year we get to do the  debt free scream!  This is my financial goal for 2016. 

#2. Blogging makes me happy. I love sharing ideas and letting things spill of my tongue, through my fingers, and into blog land.  Seeing what we accomplish each year and documenting it gives me a sense of satisfaction, and I think that is good for my mental health. 

#3. And finally, food. It’s not my favorite thing…cooking and feeding my family. But it must be done, so my goal this year is to be more consistent about this process and to actually eat meals, instead of just snacks throughout the day. 

Happy 2016!  Happy New Year!

💗 Kristy

Salsa on a Saturday Night

Our life is very exciting!

We made salsa tonight. 

I’m going to show you pictures. These are not staged. I use my iPhone. I don’t have the time, energy, or desire to present an edited version of our life. I’m a regular person, in an outdated kitchen, and this is our real life.

My son just walked through the kitchen while I was typing and said, 

“Salsa smells good!  Its a bubbling!”


These are the last of the tomatoes from our garden. 


Sliced for the handy chopper. 


This is the best chopper ever. It’s called a Vidalia Chopper. 


Let’s be real. This is a messy job. 

Chopped tomatoes. We needed 17 lbs of tomatoes for the recipe.


I am not a super cook. I use this…


And this…


And all mixed together it looks like this. 


Right now it’s simmering for 10 minutes. Then we plan to process it in the steam canner in pint jars. 

Tonight I will feel like I accomished something, and there is a sense of relief that the tomatoes didn’t go to waste and rot on the counter!

Because it’s real life here, and stuff rots sometimes!!