Another sneak peek at The Cabin in the Woods.

She arrived at the Hately’s realty office and sat for a moment to take it all in.  What was this she was feeling all of a sudden?  She was a city girl now.  She liked to travel and see new places now.  What was she doing here?  Something nudged her from inside her heart.  She slowly emerged from the vehicle and was flooded with warm sunlight streaming through the towering Evergreens.

As she walked in the door she was greeted by the warm outdoor décor that surrounded her.  She looked left to find a monstrous set of deer antlers hanging on the wall.  She looked right to find numerous water fowl stuffed and preserved forever in a state of happy flight.  Behind the desk a black bear spread across the entire wall.  Red and green plaid seemed to have exploded over the rest of the office.  It was fitting she thought, if you like that sort of thing.  Her guard seemed to pop up at the oddest of times.  What a weird thing to think.

On the other side of that enormous mahogany desk sat a handsome young man.

Benjamin looked up and smiled.

“I’ll call you back this afternoon,” he said as he hung up the phone.

“Wow this looks like a picture right out of a wilderness magazine.  Ah, not that I read wilderness magazines.  But I would assume this is what they look like.”  She smacked her head with her right hand and said, “Hi, I’m a little early.”

“No problem.  I’m glad.  Have you had lunch?”

“Nope.”  She smiled.

“Ok then.  Let’s have lunch first to discuss the plan and then we can head out to the cabin.”.”  He said with an air of confidence.

“Sounds good to me.”  She replied trying to hide her excitement.

The scene before them as they walked out the door made the pair burst into a laugh.  There sat two Jeep Cherokee’s, one white and one blue.

“That is not much of a city vehicle,” Benjamin made the first comment.

“Are you kidding?  This is my dream!  I bought it after college,” she replied.  “I can’t believe you drive the same thing!  I didn’t even notice when I pulled up.  I must have been distracted.”  She said wishing she could stop rambling.

He smiled at her and said with a laugh, “Should we take yours or mine?”


Boy I just logged into my Yahoo account and there staring back at me, 5 devastatingly sad headlines. Can’t we find anything happy to report or do people not want happy anymore?  I made a pledge to think happy thoughts today.  Here I go!


We have been dealing with a moody pre-teen lately.  I would have thought it’s too early to call him that, but apparently that is what he is.  Yikes!  Anyway.  I have made an apt for him, because he is moody and has no energy and bursts out into tantrums at the drop of a hat, I just haven’t known what to do.  Today we had our WIC appointment and the lady that was helping me mentioned that her son had sensitivity to certain foods with additives.  She described the symptoms her son had and I know I was starring at her with my mouth wide open, because they were the same symptoms that Ben has been exhibiting for a while.  So I asked her some questions and now have been researching online about additives.  It’s amazing when you start looking at your labels.  I guess that is what they have been saying for a long time, but who has time for that.  I just wanted to get supper made and on the table as fast as I could – I wasn’t checking labels and I certainly wasn’t making much from scratch.  OUCH!  We will try the whole foods approach for a couple of weeks and see if we can get him all cleaned out.  Of course it won’t hurt the rest of us to be clensed either!  Maybe this is the turn for our family.  Many days and nights we are spread out on the couch with no energy.  This has definately been a wake up call that is a long time coming.  It proves that God has his hand in it too.  I have been praying about Ben and God brought me to this lady today.  She opened my eyes to something I had not thought of.  Which of course makes me want to slap my head,  I should have thought of it.

Let me know if your kids suffer from alergies or sensitivity to food.  I would love some insight.

A little sneak peek. The Cabin in the Woods.

This story has been a long time coming.  I don’t have that much time to work on it with three kids, but I am making progress.  Let me know what you think of the scenes I post.  Thanks!


Jane sighed as she sipped her coffee from an oversized mug.  Some of the whipped crème sat on her top lip like a white mustache.

Suzy giggled when she looked up and noticed her friend’s predicament.

“Oh so this makes you come out of your trance?  I have been swooning over my date last night and you haven’t heard a word I said.”  Jane complained, irritated.

“I am so sorry, Jane!  I don’t know what is with me.  I have been so stressed about telling Jo
Anne that I am quitting and then there are the dreams at night.  I can’t sleep with all of this going on.”  Suzy tried to defend her behavior.

“What dreams?”  Asked Jane, suddenly concerned about her friend.

“I am not sure exactly,” Suzy admitted.  “They start out fast passed in a woods.  Then there is loud pounding and screaming.  Then I usually wake up so confused.  I just don’t know where it is leading to or coming from.”


We can so easily forget what the meaning of Christmas is. Do we really know? Read Luke 2 and find out! It is now that we need to instill the knowledge of Jesus birth in our children. We can’t let them live the fairy tail for a few years and then let them decide what to believe. With Christmas programs in full swing I pray that your church teaches the story as it happened and doesn’t glamorize the night that Christ came to this earth. Be joyful and thankful and loving everyday, because Christ came to this earth to bring that to YOU! Accept it and live it.

I need to take my own advice. With our Christmas program and everything else going on the last couple of weeks I have not been full of joy. Full of anxiety and stress, yes, full of joy, no. I pray that your family will take the time to sit and enjoy one another this Christmas season. Leave the fighting and bickering outside in the cold where it belongs.