Having exchange students has been an adventure, to say the least. Learning new cultures, integrating them into my family, as well as parenting foreign strangers has had its ups and downs.
As we start 2018, we have a clean slate in our life and our marriage.
A lot of people get their thrills from fast cars, motorcycles, hang gliding, parachute jumping and everything else that starts fast and gets faster.
The reality snuck up on me within the past few years, but hit home recently when I noticed “old lady” traits/habits impossible to ignore and deny.
The internet. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? I’d have to answer both.
Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the entire season of decorating and admire how those lights twinkle.
Christmas is filled with yummy treats, beautiful gifts and Christmas carols.
As usual, my November column covers some aspect of the Houston International Quilt Festival.
When I was a little girl, I found a love for cooking.
Marriage can be the most wonderful relationship we have on Earth. Yet, when there is a betrayal, it can also be the most painful.
As a journalist, I approach some assignments with a sense of anticipation, awe and wonder. There’s not a steady flow of these — or at least there wasn’t until about a decade ago.
Christmas is just around the corner. One aspect of the holiday I dread is when I’m asked “What do you want for Christmas?” That question will start to come out any time now.
I have been thinking about being intentional a lot lately in my daily life.
The friends I have in this town and other places tell me that I bring them a smile, make them laugh and spread joy and encouragement whenever I get the opportunity.
It has been said “teamwork makes the dream work.” I want to say, we have great teams in CCISD.
There’s a new “gadget” I’ve been considering for a long time. There are quite a few different makes and models to choose from including Accuquilt, Sizzix, Cicut, Gemini, Spellbinders and Brother’s ScanNcut (which does exactly what the name implies).
My family has grown by two in the last month. My husband and I have four children and our nephew is living with us while he prepares for college — and then we decided to add two more children who are foreign exchange students.
One of my favorite things to do with my husband is make a bucket list of the experiences we want to share together. We have done everything from zip lining across the jungle to taking paper Valentine hearts to nursing home residents.
Where has the summer gone? Classes have already begun in the Killeen Independent School District.
It’s August in Texas, and it’s hot! But the heat doesn’t seem to phase quilters.
Ah, the dog days of summer are here. Last-minute vacations, sweating while shopping in the brutal Texas heat, and purging your house to get rid of the old, making room for the new and reorganizing everything to get ready for the school year.
“You don’t use Twitter?”
It’s July — vacation time. When packing up for your vacation, make sure you pack your camera.
Well, I might as well let the cat out of the bag. Yes, I did turn 65 on July 3.
I often hear the following refrain from many well-meaning folks who are under the impression that once students graduate, the school year ends for educators: “I bet you are glad school is out and your summer vacation has begun.”
Summertime — and it’s too hot to quilt. Or is it?
When my kids are home during the summer, they act like ravenous little beasts wanting to eat more than the Incredible Hulk. However, in order to keep my sanity and my money, I have a few tricks up my sleeves.
June means summertime is here. I remember being a child and each summer was an opportunity for adventures. I knew time was limited yet the lazy days of sleeping in made me somehow feel summer would last forever.
This Saturday is yet another opportunity to exercise our right to vote in an election.
Early quilters didn’t have time-saving gadgets to help them make their quilts. They cut individual pieces out of scraps with scissors and used a needle and thread to sew them together. They would piece their quilts by candle or oil lamp light. When it came time for quilting, they again used …
When I was a child, maybe 9 years old, my little sister came home from visiting family (we have different dads) with a story that got both of us wondering. Is there a teeny, tiny fork and knife inside a peach seed?
Sometimes we have marriage questions we are embarrassed to ask others. Sometimes we just don’t know who to ask.
Three of my best friends and I are in Fort Worth this weekend.
For some time now, the adult coloring books have been the big rage. At first they were hard to find, but now you see them everywhere — Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, dollar stores and even H-E-B.
Spring is my favorite time of year because of the cool morning breezes, the stunningly beautiful days, and dusk that whispers the promise of a bright, starry night. However, dusk during spring always takes me back to a memory I will not soon forget.
All marriages have moments and seasons where marriage is tough. When we are walking through these seasons we must remember, it is just a season, and seasons change.
I am the chief of all procrastinators. If I ever get half a chance to put something off, I’ll do it without thinking twice. If there was a contest to find who was the best procrastinator, I’m sure I’d win but then I’d wait too long and not ever get registered.
Our students have undertaken the STAAR test this past week designed to evaluate the knowledge they have gained over this school year. And, we are confident as in past years, that our students have done very well because they were well-prepared.
During one of my Bee meetings in January, a member suggested that the Bee girls write down all of our UFOs (UnFinished Objects).
Spring break is a time when families pack up and head out to the various beaches or large cities for springtime fun and activities.
I think one of the hardest things in marriage is learning to forgive each other.
Not many of us get the chance to make our living sitting in front of an audio control board, speaking into a microphone and playing music over the radio to thousands of people.
Spring is quilt show time in Texas.
My oldest son is a real-life Dennis the Menace. He is sweet and caring about others with a deep yearning for adventure that tends to be a tad mischievous.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The store shelves are lined with chocolates and stuffed animals. There’s a wide array of cards to choose from in the card aisle. Year after year, we tend to purchase the same things.
You’re going to think this is a quirky column, and I honestly agree, but I thought it would be interesting to share with you some of the famous people I’ve been privileged to meet, shaken hands with and interviewed while I was a radio station news director — or came in fairly close contact w…
Happy New Year! Thank goodness the holidays are over and we can settle into our daily routines.
One Sunday after church, we went a different way home. The day was wet and cold, the kind of cold that chills you to the bone, as Texas weather can do.
A new year frequently ushers in New Year’s resolutions. We resolve to lose weight or pay off debt, but how many of our resolutions are geared toward one of the most important relationships in our lives — our marriage?
By Rick Kirkpatrick