My nephew: Little Mr B
Mr B: Aunt Becky, do you have any kids?
Aunt Becky: No.
Mr B: Why not?
Aunt Becky: Well, because I’m not married.
Mr B: Oh. Are you gonna get married?
Aunt Becky: I hope so.
Mr B: Who are you gonna pick to marry?
When babies are born to my family or friends, I like to give stuffed animals. Of course, I’m not trying to just give any stuffed animal. I’m really trying to give the stuffed animal…the one that baby will never want to let go of. The one that might drive his or her parents just a [...]
The Carson sisters – photo by the fabulous Danelle Empey
My three sisters and I are like a lot of sisters: we spent many of our growing up years in conflict. We were often told, “you just wait – when you’re grown you’ll be the best of friends.” We didn’t believe it.
My parents’ house sits on small rise in their property. The house is a good-sized house – it once would have been considered large but doesn’t compare to today’s McMansions. The property sloping away from the house is big enough that it resembles a park more than a backyard. At one end sits the garden. [...]
In our church the speaking, preaching, and teaching work is shared among the members of each congregation. Children are trained from a young age to get up in front of their peers to recite scripture, pray or give talks. In this way it is hoped that as they grow to be adults they will be [...]
Mom with grandchildren number nineteen and twenty
Every once in a while, usually when some family is in from out of town, my grandfather hosts a pancake breakfast. He cooks them up on the ancient griddle, a pan of bacon going beside. When a batch is done, he yells “HOTcake!” though there is generally [...]
progress – stitch by stitch
I have some amazingly prolific friends who post newly completed creations to their blogs just about every week. Often multiple times per week. Me? I have to content myself with posting progress on my work. Luckily for me, I get a kick out of the progress almost as much [...]
When I was little I got to know three of my great-grandparents. There were Nana and Granddad Larsen, as well as Grandmother Fike. Nana and Grandmother Fike were known by the kids as ‘the short great-grandmother’ and the ‘tall great-grandmother’ respectively. Grandmother Fike was probably of average height but regal bearing. But Nana didn’t even [...]
There are things my friends mention doing for their nieces and nephews that I envy just a little. Trips and adventures and over the top gifts. With 13 nephews and 7 nieces and a family impulse to turn everything into tradition, I have to be careful what I do. I have to consider whether I [...]
This was from an failed attempt to shoot a portrait of my parents over the Christmas break. It was way too cold to continue, but I did kind of like this shot.
mom and dad
One thing you should know about my parents: at Christmas time their house is boobytrapped with mistletoe. Some people [...]