On the subject of killing someone

I’ve spent the last week trying to formulate someone’s death and so far nothing feels right. Need some context? There’s a character in my novel who must die and I’ve been trying to construct the… Continue reading

Big Bugs and Ear Plugs

First of all, look at the little monster that showed up on our front porch the other day. I tried to make R2-D2 ride him (or is this R3-S6?), but the bug’s shell was… Continue reading

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe is a mashing of three recipes I have for gluten free cookies. Since eliminating flour from my diet in November 2009, I’ve baked very little on account of how hard it is… Continue reading

Easy Homemade Salsa

If you’re growing your own tomatoes or have access to buy some really great ones, you can make your own salsa all summer long. Start with about 20 ripe medium tomatoes and two clean… Continue reading

Video: Jack and I interview each other

I really hope we’re raising a film maker because his interest in television and movies isn’t waning one bit. Jackson’s interest goes far beyond the zombie-like state of zoning out in front of… Continue reading

Mid-Summer Garden Update

This has been another season of trial and error for me as I attempted to grow strawberries, lettuce, and eggplant. The strawberries were a total fail since I planted them too close together and… Continue reading

Approaching grad school burnout

The thought of graduating in December has me excited for a couple of reasons. First, I’ll be able to throw all my creative energy into the novel. Second, I can go back to reading… Continue reading

My weird, unsocialized homeschool kids

Here are the top three questions and comments I get as a homeschooling mom: “Oh my goodness, I could never homeschool my kids!” “Do you ever get them tested?” “Aren’t you worried about… Continue reading

Photo shoot: McCormick Family

A sweet family from Michigan contacted me via Craigslist and asked that I take a new portrait of them during their vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains. There were 15 people total (grandparents, kids, and… Continue reading

New phone for Memaw

When Chuck and I finally upgraded to smart phones last year (as in, 2013), I explicitly did not want a simple touch-screen phone. If was going to go “smart,” I still needed a qwerty… Continue reading

Room 1519

If we’re friends on Facebook, then you know we were all sorts of crazy over being upgraded to the Presidential Suite at the W Hotel in Atlanta Saturday night. The pictures are amazing,… Continue reading

Weekend Recovery

T’was an amazing weekend in Atlanta with my BFF for her Bachelorette Party. Many thanks to the W Hotel who over-booked our standard corner room and had no choice but to upgrade us to… Continue reading

From now on, call me Gary.

On our way home from the grocery store last night, Jackson announced that he’d like to change his name. No, that’s not accurate. He had already changed his name and decided to inform… Continue reading

Your New Bedroom Door Sign

When my sister was here the other night she commented on my bedroom door sign, saying she needed something similar. It is brilliant, if I may say so. As an introvert, there are… Continue reading

The Church and [Gay] Marriage

Y’all, I rarely, rarely talk about heavy stuff here, and don’t worry – it won’t become a trend. This site is always going to be about creating memories and stories and posting pictures… Continue reading

I should be reading Dune, but…

I’m making videos with my dog instead. I filmed him the other day when I was off for a run. We’re about to wrap up science fiction in my genre class and all… Continue reading

Watkins Family photo shoot

I am so pleased to share with you the Watkins family. Like us, Todd and Ashley built their family through adoption. It was a joy to spend an hour with them at a… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Lil’ Major

Oh the cuteness. Y’all, I really love this dog. THANK THE SWEET LORD he has calmed down.

Time to Train

It’s hard to believe I went a full year without running a race. Even though I participated in an 8K in 2013, I did not earn a medal, and I’ve been grappling with… Continue reading

Sherrod family photo shoot

Last week I drove to Lake Junaluska to take photos of one of my favorite families. Jimmy was ordained in the United Methodist Church and, though I didn’t go to the ceremony, I… Continue reading

Jackson’s loot and totally awesome cupcakes

Jackson’s birthDAY ended up spreading out to a week-long celebration on account of cards and packages arriving on Thursday and Friday. There’s still another package on its way (he spent a Barnes &… Continue reading

Jackson is eight!

Here he is on the last night of being seven. This child has talked about his birthday every day, nearly all day, for the last two weeks. If you’ve seen him in that… Continue reading