The Story of an Often-Flooded Basement

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time. – David Allan Coe About three years ago, when my family and I moved into our current house after living four years in Prague, Czech Republic, we were very excitedContinue reading “The Story of an Often-Flooded Basement”

The Importance of Home: 9 Favorite Quotes and Photos

The longer I circle the sun, the more I realize the importance of home. I’ve written about home here before, but to me there is no more important thing than to have a peaceful place to call home. As always, I collect quotes. When I read, I jot one down, or I keep them inContinue reading “The Importance of Home: 9 Favorite Quotes and Photos”

4 Things I Love This February

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell Winter is an enchanted time for me. I love the cold, dark nights and days of frost and snow (though theContinue reading “4 Things I Love This February”

Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation

Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. – Hans Christian Anderson   When my family and I moved into our house last spring, we moved into a brick house with literally nothing outside but very sparse grass and a neglected deck. Although the emptiness in the backyardContinue reading “Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation”

The Importance of Free Time, Especially While Juggling a Busy Schedule

Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating. – from Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and TimeContinue reading “The Importance of Free Time, Especially While Juggling a Busy Schedule”

America: Land of the Free

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In GodContinue reading “America: Land of the Free”

Finding A Place of Tranquility

“The heart has its special places, quiet retreats, fragrant with the sweet perfume of flowers.” -Thomas Kinkade Sometimes I stop to catch my breath in the whirl that is life as a wife and mom to three boys–in between the frequent grocery runs and the ball games and practices, in the midst of media hypeContinue reading “Finding A Place of Tranquility”

Which Flowers to Plant this Spring?

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.  ~Claude Monet It’s no secret that I love flowers … and every year at this time, I get excited about Spring and the possibilities to grow in the garden. Photos of my all-time favorite flowers dance through my head. Delphinium, Echinacea (pictured), Daylilies, Roses, Clematis, LavenderContinue reading “Which Flowers to Plant this Spring?”

The View Heading East

A surreal experience: driving Sunday evening from the West to the East. Across the Iron Curtain border. Since we hiked the Austrian Alps this past weekend, we drove back to Prague through Germany on Sunday. We passed through the flatlands around Munich to the rolling hills of hops fields in Eastern Germany, past the GermanContinue reading “The View Heading East”

Departure and Arrival

Not more than three months ago, our family decided to seize the day, take the large risk, and embark on a great new opportunity called moving to Prague, for an expat assignment there with my husband’s job. Weeks of careful planning and work, by our family and with professional assistance, has gone into the process.Continue reading “Departure and Arrival”