Category Archives: Ruminating, Reminiscing, & Rambling

Making a Small Town of a Big City

I used to live in a town so small that Daddy was once reprimanded by one of the elders at church for mowing the yard on Sunday (not kidding). Later, we moved to an even smaller town — this one … Continue reading

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My Thrift Store Soapbox, or Why My Stuff Just Went to a Thrift Store 70 Miles Away

When my brother and sister and I were little, our family was quite poor.  When Julian was born, and people at church asked where I got this cute little brother, I, two-year-old Charity, proudly gave my standard reply: “Atta yard … Continue reading

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Life Is Too Short to Eat “Cheap Candy”

When my brother and sister and I were little, Daddy used to tell us that there were just two kinds of candy:  There’s chocolate, and there’s “cheap candy.”  This lesson caused a small family uproar when Lauren, at age three, … Continue reading

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Because Sometimes You Need to Stop and Think

I’m Martha; my little sister is Mary. Sometimes, like Mary, we have to stop cleaning, stop cooking, and listen to Jesus. So here’s my sister’s latest blog post: https://roadtothecross.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/so-i-had-this-dream/

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I Haven’t Dropped Off the Face of the Earth, I Promise

So, I wanted to let all my patient readers (if any of you are still with me by this point) know why I’ve been quiet lately.  I’ve been working on a book about antique hardware (up to 38 pages now, … Continue reading

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A Letter to Santa: Christmas with Three Families

Dear Santa: This year, can I just have a happy and calm Christmas? Maybe just ONE Christmas? Even two would be a picnic. We had four Christmases last year. The recent Reese Witherspoon movie may make it look funny, but it’s … Continue reading

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How (Not) to Enter a Photo Contest, or Life Lessons from Cat Pictures

There’s this website from which I’m constantly coveting vintage-inspired dresses. I can’t afford them reasonably (not when I can sew the same thing for less than half the cost). And so, when they announced on their Facebook page that they … Continue reading

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