Gold Rush

Have you ever had a moment of inspiration fill your heart like a sudden rush? It’s a reaction to an instinct so strong you can physically feel it come over you-providing clarity, strength and direction. The Wonder Woman effect-you know the one-the moment you realize the mission. You’re ON-its GO time-whether you like it or not. You have heard from that yet small voice. I can pinpoint the very few times in my life when I have had this feeling-Crucial, decisive moments.

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Treasure Hunters

I saw it written that we should be “treasure hunters”, searching for the gold in ourselves and others. I love it. How could a goldenthread girl pass up this treasure of a metaphor:)
Having just returned from a trip to the British Virgin Islands with two little boys in tow, you can imagine I’ve got a few treasure hunting pirate stories fresh on the brain. In all seriousness, the Odyssey of the Caribbean intrigues. I think about early explorers, the discovery history of ancient islands and the legends and lore surrounding treasure. I marvel amount of time invested in these searches. Discovery quests spanned lifetimes, through dynasties, and changes of the crown. Early explorers weathered storms, disease, battles, seasons of vast despair. Yet, onward they travelled, seeking land and gold.

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Happy Gal-entines!

Happy “Gal”entines to my 94 year old girlfriend! I called to talk to Mimi this morning, and I got voicemail. It’s hard to catch her. No doubt she’s out doing something for a friend, with a friend, or a group of friends. I’ll hear about it later, when she calls me back. Mimi is the original girlfriend. Her friends and her community count on her to be there with her energy, creativity and ingenuity-and she delivers. She still drives around her hometown in her Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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New Years Nesting❤️

When the Christmas trees and decor are finally cleared away, I find myself ready for a re-set! Maybe it’s a natural affinity for that fresh-start feeling that comes along with the New Year. Resolutions and renewal; regardless, I seem to take it out on my house. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, that is where I start.

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Joy in the New Year!

Yesterday was just beyond special for our family❤️How incredibly grateful we are~Four generations of our family stood with my mother, as she was sworn in by the Vice President.  She placed her left hand on her childhood Bible, which was held by her two grandsons, while the oath was administered.

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Retreat to the Fountain of Youth:)

My grandmother was born to Emmie Meeks Morgan as Mary Josephine Morgan. My mother gave me her mother’s maiden name.

Approaching 94, she is as vibrant, and strikingly beautiful as ever! She attributes her longevity to such daily rituals as drinking a table spoon of apple cider vinegar, eating a handful of walnuts and blueberries, and laying her head on a fresh silk pillow every night. And anyone who knows me well, knows I have adopted these habits,…and you would understand why if you spent more than a second with her.

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Silver Linings

While our thoughts are with those in the aftermath of hurricane Michael,  I am reminded of a trip I took south, in the days after hurricane Katrina.We left Nashville after midnight,  pulling a trailer weighed down by drums of gasoline and supplies. My husband and brother took shifts driving through the night, and it was morning when the three of us arrived to our grandparents home in Laurel, Mississippi. Shattered remains, flooding and power outages, describe the landscape in Florida today, and in south Mississippi back then, in September of 2005.

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Weekend Warriors

I was a little girl who decorated everything! Nothing within my reach remained plain.  A pair of white keds became a canvas for a personalized pastel work of art. If we baked, I delighted in decorating with icing and garnishment.  I painted rainbows on my roller skates.  My dad, who can do just about anything handy, helped me transform my standard issue huffy bicycle into a perfect pink and purple dream bike, by introducing me to spray paint. 

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Finding Purpose in Re-purposing!

In 1997, my grandmother was awarded the Keep America Beautiful Lifetime Achievement  Award, named for the late First Lady, Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson.  This award recognizes a lifetime of work, dedicated to beautifying America.  Mimi operates by the principle “Leave a place better than you found it, and always give back more than you take.” And she strongly believes in teaching, and leading by example. Both, she sees as her duty to God.

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Family Call~A Sunday Tradition

Living Intentionally: “Family Call”Throughout my formative years, my parents encouraged the good habits of productivity, personal responsibility, and self-motivation.  On Sunday evenings in a time set aside and referred to as “Family Call”, we would gather to powwow.  It was our version of a family forum.

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