- 4:31 pm Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer
I don’t get out much these days. I find being on the farm a solid foundation to my tumultuous emotions and fragile heart, but last week was an exception.
I had committed, months back, to going to NYC in order to meet a man I had something in common with, and to do a podcast interview with him.
The man was Steven Twining, the tenth generation leader of a favorite sponsor, Twining’s Tea. I found him to be the exact opposite of what you might think a jacket wearing, tea sipping, Britt would be (whatever that is)… He was kind and charming [More]
- 11:22 am Friday, November 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer
This note was sent to me by the choir teacher at our local high school, Mr Allen. He was so influential in my daughter Shay’s life and obviously had a huge impact on Zachariah as well. I asked if I could share this as I celebrate all the things I’m thankful for:
“I’ve struggled to put my thoughts into words. Zach was one of the most unique kids I’ve ever known. He was strangely confident yet needing assurance all the time. He came to me as a creative and excited kid with some limited skills but a ton of energy and [More]
- 1:29 pm Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer
Can it be November already? I’ve been in such a fog, it does not seem possible that so much time has passed me by.
Never have I seen the farm so vivid with color. Every tree, bush, and blade of grass seem to be in some sort of autumnal beauty contest, all vying for my attention. “Look at ME!” “Notice Me” they scream, pulling me begrudgingly from my sober thoughts.
In truth, I’ve resented it. How can the sun shine, the ducks quack, and world be so beautiful when my son is no longer in it? Does it not feel my pain? [More]
- 12:54 pm Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer
Your continued prayers, and warm, caring messages sustain me. I am taking life breath by breath, moment by moment, and day by day. I know that Zack is in the arms of Our Saviour, but my arms ache to hold him.
A friend shared this with me; I don’t know the author but it has circulated on many social media platforms. I suspect it to be true, though I’m still floating amidst the wreckage.
“I’ve lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can’t imagine [More]
- 1:16 pm Thursday, October 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Thank you, my dear friends, for embracing me during this time.
I’ve felt your thoughts, prayers, and the outpouring of love so strongly for me and my family as we grieve for our Zacky.
Your generosity, kindness, and patience are so very, very, appreciated!
Zack’s dad, Doug Ortega, put together a beautiful video of our precious boy. You may view it HERE.
Normal Day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let [More]
- 2:23 pm Friday, October 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Fall arrived officially a few weeks back, but for me it does not arrive authentically until October is upon us!
Even though temps may still be high in many areas of the country, I bet most of you are sensing change. The subtle smell and crispness in the morning, the earlier sunsets, and in many areas the leaves are certainly starting to color.
I love the changing of the seasons and the hope and promise that each cycle brings!
I wish that I could revel in it more this year without the distractions of the devastation that storms and the tortured human spirit [More]
- 11:59 am Thursday, September 28th, 2017 by Staff Writer
It’s been a jarring few months for America and though I always say my show, my platform, is not about politics or rhetoric, I too felt myself being caught up in the swollen rushing river of frustration.
Have you found yourself feeling a lot of angst lately?
Let’s hit the reset button friends. Let’s take a deep breath and love someone.
“Love Someone,” it’s not just a sappy jingle for the show, it’s my mantra and mission in life; something I believe in heart and soul.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed by things out of your control, the easiest, most humble thing you can do [More]
- 4:54 pm Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Has everyone accepted that summer is coming to an end? It’s difficult for me to face this reality, but with all the kiddo’s back in school, and our morning and afternoon routines beginning to take shape, it’s pretty hard to deny.
Having the kids away does give me more time in the middle of the day to focus on other things, and even though I’ve got a little man tied to my back or nestled in my arms these days, I still have some freedoms I didn’t when everyone was home and underfoot.
One of the things I do around this time [More]
- 5:57 pm Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer
When brainstorming for this month’s newsletters, I thought wrapping the month around a “Clean Slate” theme would be fun.
As I wrote in the Monthly, kids are headed back to school, summer is winding down, and now is a really, really, great time to take stock, and start the autumn months with a clean slate. I planned on writing of many ways that you could do this, and showcase some good ideas and fun projects, but…
Life, and in this case, nature, often make other plans for us while we aren’t paying attention. Like hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes… So much devastation these [More]
- 5:27 pm Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer
September has arrived and as our kids return to their slates, I’m cleaning mine!
The beginning of a new school year is my signal to change things up. I scoop the detritus from the high-tide line; the ring around the perimeter of the house and further inward. The flotsam and jetsam of flip flops in ever corner, water bottles and to-go cups, beach bags, bathing suits, bikes and helmets…
I sweep out the dust and gravel and sand from every nook and crevice, a sign of all the ins and outs, comings and goings, of kids and dogs and guests through the [More]