The Arts

Our crew is turning out to be more on the “artsy” side than I would have thought  so it was no surprise when Kenley wanted to attend a performing arts showcase at their school last night.

The Arts via grateful simplicity

What was surprising was how memorized Raynes was with the orchestra. We may, or may not, have tried to sneak out a little early (since it was bedtime) and our boy grew quite upset when he realized that he would miss the instruments so back inside we went. Twice.


While Kenley prefers the performing arts (she excels in the visual arts with her piece winning first prize at the North FL fair) Raynes loves the music. He was enthralled in a strings performance and told me “I going to do that when I’m a big boy.”  This would make his concert violinist, and Dean of the FSU School of Music great grandfather quite happy I’m sure. Clearly, my grandfather’s musical talents skipped over me.

He insisted on sitting front front and center, and when that wasn’t close enough for him to watch, really watch, them play their shiny instruments he asked me if he could scoot just a little closer.  And so he did.

The Arts via grateful simplicity

My friend, April, thought the little guy’s music fascination was a hoot as well as she snapped photos in the foreground.



Kenley is needing some one-on-one time with her parents (in our house spending time alone with your parents is a ‘treat’) so this morning is Middle Child Morning and Mr. Robinson and I are taking our girl to do ‘something fun.’  I’m hoping she forgets his momentary lapse in judgement last night when he muttered the words “fun station.”  Please, it’s raining and cold– I think some retail therapy at the Country Dollar and a trip to the library is all she needs to feed her soul on this chilly Saturday morning.

The Arts via grateful simplicity

This little guy, most days, is one happy kid.




Yet another post I found in my drafts… this one from last Spring. 

Being the kind of gal that likes order, routine and dare I say perfection (cringe, I know) isn’t always a bad thing.  My house tends to stay in order, lengthy to-do lists are typically completed, but perfection… that’s never going to happen and can make me feel like a hamster running on those large silver spinning wheel most days.

Never the less, I jump on that wheel each day and begin jogging.  What’s the definition of insanity?

In my endless quest for order, routine and perfection I heard the dreaded words from my oldest child this week.  “Why are you always pointing out the negative?”

Ouch.  With two daughters, particularly at their age, this is a slippery slope.

Our children are often the closest reflection of ourselves, good or bad, and that didn’t feel so good.  I don’t want to be the mom that points out flaws, always spotting the one weed among the many beautiful flowers.


Children are often a reflection of ourselves | Grateful Simplicity


The girls have daily chores (morning and afternoon) and Britton had forgotten to feed the dog that morning.  When she came home from school I told her she couldn’t have any computer time because she hadn’t completed her all of morning chores before she left for school (wouldn’t you be hungry if you hadn’t eaten in 24 hours?).  She looked at me, my Cancer-sign child, straight in the eye and said, “you don’t say anything about all the chores I did do today, instead you point out the one I didn’t do.  Why are you always pointing out the negative?”

Do I do that?

It’s a balancing act: Teaching my children the importance of responsibility while trying to keep their self-esteem intact.

Maybe I am too strict. Maybe I am not strict enough.

I’m not sure where the answer lies but I do know that I don’t want to be ‘that mom’- you know, the one who always finds something to critique- grades (why did you get all A’s and one B),  outfit (those shorts are too short for school) but I also want them to one day show up to their jobs on time, perform their work well, and take the initiative.

Bringing up confident and responsible children without breaking their spirit is the goal.  So maybe there are days when beds go unmade and hair hasn’t been brushed, and this Type A Mama can learn to live with that too.  Because when you look at the flowers there’s no point in always focusing on that one little, teeny, tiny weed.

Possible Paths

I found this post sitting in my drafts. Not sure why I never posted it because it seems, to be, applicable to each and every day.

Possible Paths:

“Let Me help you get through this day.  There are many possible paths to travel between your getting up in the morning and your lying down at night.  

Stay alert to the many choice-points along the way, being continually aware of My Presence.  You will get through this day one way or the other.  Once way is to moan and groan, stumbling along with shuffling feet.  This will get you to the end of the day eventually, but there is a better way.

You can choose to walk with Me along the path of Peace, leaning on Me as much as you need.  There will still be difficulties along the way, but you can face them confidently in My strength.  Thank Me for each problem you encounter, and watch to see how I transform trials into blessings. “

Source: Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young

Interview with Le Kens

Interview with Le Kens

The main purpose of this here blog is to capture my kiddos, while they’re still young.  Case in point:

1. What is your happiest memory? I remember when Raynes was born, but not when Britton was born
2. Why do you like being a kid?  Since you don’t have the responsabilites of being an adult.
3. One word to describe you would be _______. Sweet!
4. What advice would you give your parents? Ah, Nothing.
5. If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? I would want to be a bird since I wouldn’t have to be all down, I could be up and down and soaring around. No, I would want to be a quetzal.
6. What do you like to do for fun? Um, doodle.
7. Tell about a funny time in your life. When Raynes put his feet up on the table at Vivo restaurant.

The not smiling smile.



8. What is your favorite thing to do? Why? Ride roller coasters because they are very thrilling and you are care free when you do them since there’s no responsabilites. 

9. What is your favorite thing to do with your friends? Play together.

10. What do you love most about your sibling?  They are nice. Most of the time.

11. What was the nicest thing you did for someone?  The nicest thing I’ve done for someone is helping them through a hard time. Like Mrs. Bryant when she broke her collarbone.

12. What do you think you will be doing 10 years from now?  Inventing a cure for cancer. I don’t know how, somehow.

13. What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? Go on the boat.

14. What would be the ideal allowance? Tell me how you would use it. Um, $1 million. I would use it to open a dog training business.

15. What do you think makes a person good-looking? I person is judged by the inside not the outside so you can’t really tell. 

16. Name two things we should do as a family on the weekend. Go on the boat and go on the beach- that’s easy.

17. What is the grossest thing you can think of? Bathing in a bath of hot dog saliva. 

Over the river and through the woods….

To great grandmother’s house we went….

In Zellwood, Florida to be exact.  Mike’s Grandma Loretta has been asking to see the children so we planned a long-weekend trip around a visit with her. A Valentine’s Day lunch at her Club.  With her grandson and great grandchildren. And a side of salad.

Over the river and through the woods via Grateful Simplicity

Occasionally they do this.



The way to a man’s heart….

Over the river and through the woods via grateful simplicity


Likewise, Kenley knows the way to everyone’s heart is through their sore feet. Speaking of, where is my foot rub? This cold weather is killing my achy breaky post-surgery feet.

Over the river and through the woods via grateful simplicity


Over the river and through the woods via grateful simplicity




Over the river and through the woods

Over the river and through the woods

Hope your Valentine’s day was filled with lots of love.