September 17, 2021

Tea Party, Puppy Pics, And More

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! It was indeed a lovely day. The day after my birthday, my girls surprised me with a luncheon at our favorite tea room! Madison, Peyton, Flynn, Kyrstin, and I enjoyed delicious food and beverages in the most quaint setting. I was so touched by their thoughtfulness.

My little Mocha is leash trained, meaning I take her out on a leash at all times. We live in an area with lots of wildlife, and I don't like to leave her on her own. Yesterday, Flynn and I were in the backyard while doing a sketch for her nature journal during her art lesson. Mocha was on my lap, and I set her down for a minute to grab some art supplies to carry inside. Mocha was uncertain of what to do at first, but when I told her to go ahead and run around, she tentatively started out, and they suddenly she realized she could run around and literally pranced around so happily! It was so cute. She kept looking back at me to be sure she was still ok, and when she was done, she ran to the steps and waited by the gate to go up to the deck. I was able to snap a few phone pictures while she was taking a break. 

I received some happy mail this week from a dear, have -yet-to-meet-in-person, fellow fall-loving blog friend who is beyond talented in every area I can think of! Leslie, who blogs HERE and also has a youtube channel HERE, created this fantastic magazine herself! I have been enjoying it with my soft autumn blanket and my pumpkin spice coffee! 

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.
Any plans?

Billie Jo

September 15, 2021


 Yesterday I turned 52! I celebrated in my cozy autumn home with my very favorite people, a couple buckets of KFC, some very thoughtful gifts, and a delicious ice cream dessert made by Peyton.  As each year passes and another birthday comes around, I am reminded how quickly our lives move through different phases with different circumstances, yet we ourselves remain the same. The key, I believe, is to transition gracefully and optimistically through each phase with hope and joy for what is yet to come while keeping the memories of the people and times we loved in the past close in our hearts where we can revisit them whenever we choose. 

Madison adds the Danish flag to our celebrations, and we also sing a special Danish birthday song that Nicolas taught us!

Have a cozy Wednesday, my friends!

Billie Jo

September 13, 2021

Monday Morning Coffee And A Touch Of Fall In Our Home


Good Monday morning, my friends. Somehow we find ourselves in the middle of September. Note to self: Slow down and make a conscious effort to focus on the sights, scents, sounds, and feelings of your favorite season. Ok. Moving on. My coffee today is Starbucks Pumpkin Spice ground with Duncan Sweet Creamer. And a store-bought bakery sweet roll on the side. Just because.

Recently, I finished adding some cozy touches of fall around our home. As the warm summer evenings fade into cooler autumn ones, we find ourselves gathering inside earlier. These little touches of fall make it cozy. And that makes me happy.

Have a wonderful day, my friends!
Thanks for visiting!

Billie Jo


September 10, 2021

Back To School And A Birthday

 After a fun-filled summer, Flynn and I officially began our homeschool year on Tuesday! And yes. My baby is in sixth grade! She is excited to be in Middle School, and I am excited for her. And to be completely honest, I am finding it necessary to prepare myself a bit more, especially in math and science!

In other news, Steve turned 51 on Wednesday! We celebrated him with dinner and cake and lots of laughter and love.

Have a nice weekend, my friends. I plan on joining Mocha in doing a bit of this...

...Along with some laundry, phone calls, and school prep.
Unfortunately, our area has seen an uptake in Covid cases, and my mom's personal care home has discontinued visits for two weeks. Thankfully we still have some wonderful phone visits daily.

Thanks for visiting and for your comments. I am always happy to hear from you!

Billie Jo

September 8, 2021

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Not that I am worthy of bestowing words of wisdom, but for what it is worth, I was thinking about all sadness and heartache happening in our world the other day. I felt helpless and guilty for going about my day while others were suffering so. And suddenly, I realized that I could do something after all. I could care for myself and my family. I could make our lives comfortable and calm. Only then, without anxiety and discouragement, could we find it within ourselves to help those who need it. Perhaps the best way? Through prayer. And understanding. Empathy. And prayer.

Have a cozy day, my friends.

Billie Jo


September 6, 2021

Monday Morning Coffee~Labor Day Edition

Good Monday morning, my friends! And Happy Labor Day! I hope today finds you enjoying this last long weekend of summer. Mocha and I enjoyed a few sips of coffee on the front porch before coming back in because it is a tiny bit chilly out there! Yay! Our weekend thus far has been a mix of productiveness and relaxation. 

Thank you for your kind and supportive comments on my previous post. Madison and I had a wonderful visit with my mom Saturday evening. We took her a dish of butter pecan ice cream and enjoyed talking and laughing with her and spending time with the most amazing woman I will ever know.

When we arrived, we saw the turkeys right outside her window. She said they come and visit her at the same time every day! Other happenings included Steve and Flynn enjoying some lake time while I worked on her lesson plans and received messages from all my older children sharing their days with me.

Jetskis on a busy lake for Flynn~

Decorating her home for her first fall as a married woman for Peyton~

Attending a wedding with his girlfriend for Rhett~

And relaxing with her hubby, puppy, and some cheese and crackers after a busy day at her bridal boutique for Madison~

Have a cozy day, my friends.

Thanks for visiting!

Billie Jo