18 Oct

Aslan (2000-2011)

“He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me… whenever… wherever – in case I need him. And I expect I will – as I always have. He is just my dog.”

– Gene Hill

May Flowers

16 May

Ashlyn and Olivia came down to visit last weekend, and the girls had so much fun! She actually had a double dose of cousins, as on Mother’s Day she got to play with Taylor, Will and Nick at Aunt Valla’s house. Aunt Valla even had an extra bike for Alice and Taylor pushed her around and around.

lovely daffodils

At Grandma Toots' house

playing on the old bridge

Speedy April

16 May

Work has kept us busy this past month – Alice has been busy too!

Babies galore

1 Apr


Alice’s favorite toys are her dolls, babies we call them. Each doll/baby was given the same name as the person who gave her the doll. So there’s Audrey, Diane, Katie, Wanda, Scott, and the list goes on. Several of her babies were my dolls when I was little, so they don’t necessarily have names – though one Cabbage Patch doll, a cowgirl, came with the name Alice!

Tonight, before she could go to bed herself, Alice lined up all her babies and tucked them into bed, then proceeded to tuck herself in along side them as well.


25 Mar

Alice: Where’s my stool, mommy? Where’s my stool?

Me: (silence, reading email)


Me: Did you even look for it? Didn’t you have it in the kitchen?

Alice: (pensive look) I tink I did…I tink I did. I DID! Dere it is!

Equestrian in training

21 Mar

Little Alice, little Dallas.

We took Dallas out for a short bareback ride tonight, and Alice is starting to understand how to hang on! Afterward, like a good cowgirl always does, she brushed her pony before putting him away.

After we came inside, I asked her to put her helmet away next to mine, and she got very concerned and said, “You didn’t ride Sam tonight. Maybe later, right? Sam’s at the stable, right?”

What sticks in that little head amazes me sometimes. It’s been about a year now, that Sam died.