(F)eeding my addiction

24 01 2011

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s cold in South Carolina.  Yes, I know it’s winter and it’s supposed to be cold, but not like this.  Snow and ice aren’t high on the list of things I admire, so while they are beautiful and even magical for a moment, they lose their sparkle quite quickly for me.

Throughout this winter of extremes, I’ve found the only thing that makes me feel really warm is hot tea…in fact I need to go ahead and admit that I’ve become a teaaholic!  Not only that, I seem to have encouraged this same behavior in Clair.  We both have been downing several cups a day,  so we believe we are now qualified to recommend the two best teas currently available for normal folks like us who don’t turn up our noses to tea bags.

My recommendation is Yogi Chai Green.  It’s organic, which is important to me, and has a great blend of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger – just enough to give it a little kick and add to the warming.

Clair is raving about Tazo Honeybush tea.  She calls its deliciousness indescribable, so I’ll take her word for it until I taste it. So there you have it winter – we’ll suffer through you by drinking tea and dreaming of daffodils.



19 01 2011

 Love never gives up. 
 Love cares more for others than for self. 
 Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. 
 Love doesn’t strut, 
 Doesn’t have a swelled head, 
 Doesn’t force itself on others, 
 Isn’t always “me first,” 
 Doesn’t fly off the handle, 
 Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, 
 Doesn’t revel when others grovel, 
 Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, 
 Puts up with anything, 
 Trusts God always, 
 Always looks for the best, 
 Never looks back, 
 But keeps going to the end.  ~I Corinthians 13: 4-7  The Message

My parents have been married 53 years today!  Happy Anniversary to the sweetest couple and greatest parents I know. 

(F)aith Heritage~part 1

16 01 2011

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.   ~2 Timothy 3:14-15

Shortly after Ethel Irene McKinney was born, her mother died. She was the youngest of four children.  Tonette Woody agreed to marry Ethel Irene’s father and taught her children that Jesus loved them and took them to church every Sunday. 

Ethel Irene McKinney Dunn was my grandmother.  She taught her children that Jesus loved them and took them to church every Sunday.  She demonstrated strength of faith when her husband left her with four young children. (They remarried 30 years later, but that will have to wait for another post!)

Josephine Elizabeth Dunn Hollis is my mother.  She taught me that Jesus loved me from the time I was born and took me to church every Sunday.  She is a living picture of  servanthood.

While at some point in all our lives, we must wrestle with questions, doubt, skepticism and more to own our faith and believe it with everything in us, it is important to look back and thank those who have come before us and taught Truth and thank them.

So,  thank you

Tonette Woody McKinney

Ethel Irene McKinney Dunn

Josephine Elizabeth Dunn Hollis


for my faith heritage.  What a debt of gratitude I owe you for giving me the greatest gift of my life!

The (F) word

15 01 2011

Don’t panic Mom…it’s not what you think!  The theme of my blog will be around (F) words that mean the most to me: Faith, Family, Friends, Fun, Fitness, and sometimes Food.  There will be some (F) words that make cameo appearances and perhaps some non (F) words that make guest appearances from time to time.  So, be on the lookout for the first (F) word coming soon.

(F)irst Post!

14 01 2011

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens      ~Ecclesiastes 3:1

Over a year ago I decided I wanted to begin a blog.  It was a time of transition in my life with two children recently married and one beginning her senior year of high school.  I began thinking about the seasons in our lives and how we often wish we could slow time down to sweetly savor that season.  Thinking through that, Ecclesiastes 3 came to mind as did Jim Croce’s song Time in a Bottle and a blog was born…sort of!  My goal was to have my first post up by Jan 1, 2010.  Clearly that didn’t happen, but believing it’s rarely too late to start something, here I am on Jan 14, 2011!  I’m hoping to post at least once a week and would love for you to join me on my journey.