In the photo above, I'm standing in front of a friend's amazing painting which hangs in the TVG Marketing Services office. In addition to loving the colors in this striking piece of art, I like that there's also a hidden scripture in the painting. The artist who painted this also happens to be of the most generous individuals I know. In fact, one year, she decided not to purchase any new clothes. Instead, she donated the money she'd normally spend on her wardrobe to charity.
Because most everyone is scaling back their holiday plans this year to adhere to the "stop the spread" recommendations from the CDC, there's no doubt Thanksgiving 2020 will look much different than past celebrations. This got me thinking back to the very first Thanksgiving gathering I attended with my husband's side of the family in the small town of Elmore City, Oklahoma. For those of you who don't know me, I'll share that I'm an outspoken Texas gal raised alongside three si
I don't know about you, but I'm happy to have August (or, as I sometimes refer to it: Blah-Gust) in the rearview mirror. Now, don't get me wrong. I believe each day is a gift from God (that's why it's called "the present" —ha! I stole this from a sign I saw in front of a church years ago), but for me, August just seems to drag on . . . and on . . . and well, you get it! Having lived most of my life in Texas, I can tell you that August is the most miserable month of the year.
Most people think I'm pretty strait-laced and that's perfectly fine with me. But when I started writing this blog, I knew there'd be some things about myself I'd end up sharing. So, here's something you may not know about me: I'm totally addicted to sriracha sauce! The photo above is me holding up some to-go packets of this Thai-inspired chili sauce. My friend Brandon shipped this bag to me a few months ago and I'm eternally grateful. Although Brandon's not a pepper lover (he
People used to describe someone who was extremely enthusiastic or fixated on something as "having a bee in their bonnet". An interesting turn of phrase that's seldom used these days—probably since there aren't a lot of people walkin' around sporting bonnets. Perhaps it's been replaced with words like compulsive obsessive or worrywart. Regardless, it is a rather disturbing notion. While I've never had a bee trapped in my hat, I once experienced having a wasp inside my shirt. I
I'm gonna jump out there and say this, it's not easy growing up a tall, skinny, albino-ish white girl with a last name like Bone. Trust me, there's nothing you can say with the word bone in it that I haven't heard before. Those of you who've been blessed with, how shall I say it? Normal last names . . . like Smith, Johnson, and Williams, count yourselves fortunate! I grew up hating my maiden name, even though I had some victorious moments. Case in point, one afternoon, on the
I debated with myself about the subject line for this blog. I almost went with: And They Call It Puppy Love, but instead, chose the stress-coping angle. The reason being is that everyone loves a puppy. I mean, what's not to like? There's the puppy-breath, the adorable grunts and whines, and mostly just the overall cuteness factor! There's just something about a puppy that melts people's hearts. Babies do the same for most people (sans the puppy-breath) but I'm going to go out
I consider myself a pretty happy person. I love to laugh and can find humor in almost every situation. That being said, with everything going on in this crazy world right now, I sometimes have to remind myself what the Bible tells us in Nehemiah 8:10: Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. And, though not Biblical, there are a couple of other things I keep in mind: "I don't sing because I'm happy, I'm happy because I sing." William James, Philosopher And, fr
From silly puns to sarcastic spins on life's most ridiculous curves, I'm the queen of a quick quip. This being said, I have to give some cred to my youngest son, Nick. He's actually a pretty funny guy. Nick's always trying to out-pun me with his clever play on words. Recently, after informing him that I'd actually received an award for my sense of humor, he challenged me to prove it. (As you'll recall, Nick is also the one who gave me the idea for Closet ClotheSure 2020 when
There's an old saying: You can never be too rich or too thin? (coined by Wallis Simpson, an American debutante (June 1896 - April 1986) who is famously remembered as the temptress who lured a leader (the Duke of Windsor) away from his throne. I've been thinking about this the past few days, especially since I'm in the middle of week 20 of my Closet ClotheSure Challenge 2020. If this exercise has revealed anything, it's that I've been a bit of a clothes hoarder! For those of y
As much as I hate to admit it, I've been guilty of telling someone I'd put them on my prayer list and then forgotten to include their need when I prayed. It's not that I didn't mean it when I said I would, it's just sometimes life gets a little crazy and . . . okay, there's really no great excuse for it. My friend Lisa has a sure-fire way of making sure she won't forget. If you're talking with her and express concern about something in your life, Lisa will stop whatever she's
As much as I hate to admit it, I'm guilty of worrying about pretty much everything! People who know me well, know this—it's actually a little mortifying. (I like to think of myself as being a "Let Go & Let God" kind of person!) I realized this a few years ago during a gathering of family and friends for one of my birthdays. This is no joke—at that party, I received two copies of Don't Sweat The Small Stuff and one copy of Don't Sweat The Small Stuff With Your Family. (Great b
My beautiful friend and colleague, Kathy Gibbs (aka Camo Kathy) has informed me that if we can't celebrate her birthday together tomorrow, she doesn't have to count it. In other words, Kathy will continue to be thirty-nine. (Full disclosure, Kathy's been thirty-nine for as long as I can remember!) "Hold on," I told her this morning. "You know my birthday was last month. Even though a "shelter-in-place-birthday" is nowhere near as much fun as our usual celebrations, it's still
Spring is definitely my favorite time of year! I love everything about it—okay perhaps not all the pollen, but overall spring has a lot going for it! Since my birthday is in late March, Easter celebrations were never far behind. As a kid, sometimes my parties would have Easter-related themes (this might explain my love of rabbits and jelly beans!). I have fond memories of my three sisters and me in matching Easter dresses (sometimes handmade by our mom, Franny), church servic
Okay. I admit it. I may be a bit of a diva (as evidenced in the photo above taken in Cancun a couple of years ago) Truthfully, I thought the golden chairs were a wee bit gaudy, but when James insisted I pose in one of them, I jumped at the chance! (diva!) Today marks the fourth day we've worked from home. Nick, our youngest, has come by daily and we're working on the new TVG Marketing Services website. An amiable young man, Nick and I normally get along just great. I love his