In 2005 two things happened to change the entire course of our family. Our son was born and we became a military family. Both of those experiences have shaped me into who I am. My faith in God the Father, and thankfulness for the sacrifice of Jesus has exploded exponentially in that time. Without Him, I would not be here today.

It's hard to define myself here in black and white. I love to cook and hate to clean. I'm always moving, always changing. Hopefully, I'm growing closer to God's image as I go. But to be honest, some days are more like I'm  running backwards. And inevitably I trip and come crashing down on my, er, um, rear.

More about why I adore my kitchen...

I've been cooking since before I can remember. Preparing food for family and church fellowships was a huge part of our life and I stood on the chair and watched everything that went on in the kitchen. One thing that I never learned (even though I watched her many times) was how to make my Mamaw's chicken and dumplings. Mamaw was my great-grandmother. She made the best dumplings around. She forgot how to make them long before anyone was able to master the technique. But they will live forever in our memories of family get-togethers and church potlucks.

I use my kitchen to remember those times. Nothing brings me closer to the people that I miss than dragging out my community cookbooks and trying old recipes. I border on an unhealthy obsession with vintage cookware and cookbooks. I love trying out old recipes from brittle supermarket pamphlets. I may or may not pretend that I'm a 1960's housewife when I'm cooking.

I hope you enjoy your visit with our family. I hope you enjoy the good food. But most of all, from the tiny sliver of our lives, you see that weird is the new normal and that you aren't alone because there is a family out there who is more messed up than yours.

Welcome and thanks for stopping by!

Oh yeah, and in case it didn't come through with all the talk about supper and visiting, I'm a born and bred Southern girl who loves her  some football and just about anything else outdoors!

"I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe." Ephesians 1:18-19 NIV