She says, “i love you.” i always say, “i love you more.”
as she and her cousin continuously climbed over fences instead of using the gates, i realized how this simple act of climbing was part of my childhood on a regular basis because both my dad and granddad lived on small farms. but for her this was a special treat, something she hasn’t gotten to do much of at all. kentucky, thank you for your wide open spaces. we couldn’t have asked for a cooler place to spend part of our trip than in a historic tobacco barn converted into a horse barn with an apartment over the barn. for this horse crazy girl it was a dream come true. read more about lexington at ‘7 southern trips to take this fall’ at myscoop link in profile - swipe for more photos #wanderlustwednesday#visitlex#kentucky
After being away from this handsome thang for a week, we had a fantastic parents night out in nashville this weekend. hockey, dinner, and conversations with people over the age of 10, that counts as self care right;) if you haven’t been to a predators game- you should. #gopreds#nashville
We spent 99% of our waking fall break hours outdoors. we climbed fences, ran through fields and mazes, hiked, biked, played make believe, watched butterflies, picked wildflowers, got to pet what seemed like 100 horses, and had picnics on blankets under oak trees. perhaps one of the greatest gifts of motherhood having your childhood spirit re-ignited. grateful for these priceless memories and ready for a long nap. read more about kentucky at ‘7 southern trips to take this fall’ link in profile #fallbreak#kentucky#visitlex
Do you ever just watch your child play listening to the laughter and giggling and feel a surge of happiness so great it brings tears of joy to your eyes and makes your heart feel as if it may burst right out of your chest? it is at these moments that i wish time could stand still so i could relish every grin, every giggle, every imaginative word and movement. there are no rollercoasters, no high tech interactive games, no fancy frills, no standing in lines, no hurrying from place to place at shaker village of kentucky, but there are 3,000 acres of wide open spaces full of discovery and adventure. time doesn’t stand still here but it slows down enough so you can savor these fleeting childhood moments. every hike we saw deer, there are mazes carved in meadows, farm animals to meet, bikes to ride, hay bails to dance on, river boats to ride, monarchs to tag, hayrides, star gazing, and so much more. you can read more about this special place at ‘7 southern trips to take this fall’ at myscoop link in profile @shakervillageky#fallbreak#kentucky#visitlex
Running into this fall weekend and grinning ear to ear over this weather. it’s been nonstop outdoor play on these fall break days in kentucky - hiking, biking, riverboat riding, hay bail dancing, fence climbing, and more @shakervillageky . read about this storybook place at ‘7 southern trips to take this fall’ at myscoop link in profile. #sweaterweather#shakervillage#kentucky
Sights like this truly make you wonder why we would ever spend so much time on screens. outdoor play quite possibly the most important part of childhood and adulthood. longing for a life that is simple yet filled with beauty. read 7 southern trips to take this fall at myscoop link in profile #getoutdoors#thursdaythoughts#visitlex
Things i wish i had learned when i was younger👉🏻getting up before sunrise is well worth it. if there is a stirring in your soul to explore and to see the sunrise painted across the sky, you will find beauty around every corner in lexington, kentucky. read 7 southern trips to take this fall at myscoop link in profile. #sunrise#traveltuesday#visitlex
How ‘bout them apples🍎? if you’re searching for fall like @myscoop is, there is a stirring in the soul to explore, to feel the crunch of the leaves beneath your soles and see the sunset painted across the sky in all shades of fall. from the mississippi delta where hospitality and humor run through the veins to apple picking in north carolina to hiking in chattanooga, 7 places to travel this fall are on the blog that capture the essence of the season across the south. where are your favorite places to travel in the fall? #fallweather#southern#weekendwanderer
Hello october, nice to see ya. this #meatlessmonday chili was a crowd pleaser. the first question, “what meat is in this?” the answer none, just a puréed blend of tomatoes, carrots, onions and cilantro using the @vitamix to give it a more meaty texture. but my secret to a great chili is soaking dry beans instead of using canned beans. we’ve been doing this, just like my grandmother used to, for over a year now and the taste and flavor is well worth the simple step of soaking them overnight in water. get the recipe at myscoop link in profile. #plantbased#octoberfest
Southern grandmothers, an endangered species - “now add the sugar,” my grandmother would say to me as i sat in my favorite spot in her house - on the kitchen counter next to the mixer. i would watch the tea cake batter begin to form swirling around and around my grandmother pushing the sides down. what a wonderful place to be and how wonderful it felt, from being picked up and sat on the counter to the ultimate treat of licking the beaters.
every visit to my grandmother’s house held something to learn, something to discover. one visit might be making tea cakes, another might be sewing, another might be canning tomatoes, another might be going on a nature walk, another might be picking blackberries. my grandmother’s house was an endless unstructured class on how to create. traditions and basic know hows she had learned from the matriarchs in her family.
the way i saw it she could do everything my grandfather could do, plus more. she could hunt, fish, cook from scratch, bake anything, sew, knit, embroider, crochet, quilt, can and preserve, garden, raise chickens, play cards, tell the funniest bedtime stories, identify every tree, plant, snake, and flower in a forest, and she wrote letters. she was the epitome of the southern grandmother. when she left this earth i didn’t just grieve her, i grieved the talents that went with her that i never took the time to really learn.
do you ever think about what you would do with one more day? one more day with someone you lost. one more day to hold each other. one more day to say i love you. i think about it. and although i would probably just hold her as tight as i could with a tear stained face, i would like to think that i could muster up enough strength to ask her to teach me. teach me how to quilt, teach me how to embroider, teach me these wonderful things she knew how to do because i want to be able to teach my daughter. i do not want these lost arts of the southern grandmother to go extinct. there is too much beauty and wisdom in them to let them die. there is also something soulfully satisfying about creating with your hands. read more at myscoop link in profile. #thursdaythoughts#tbt#southern
Happy fall friday - ahhhh the power of fresh flowers! with cattails and wildflowers from my family’s land and a big bouquet of dahlias from @brosemerfarm at @greene_street_market i did a little flower arranging with our leopard gecko king amal. oh the things you do for love - if you had told me we would have a lizard as a pet i would have laughed and laughed and laughed some more. but i have to say this guy has been the most low maintenance pet and our daughter takes care of him everyday without mom and dad ever having to think about it. these years will pass and one day king amal (which means hope in arabic) will not be here and our daughter will not be interested in having a lizard as a pet, so we will enjoy this time while it lasts. #happyfriday#flowerfriday#flowerpower