Blogging Friends


I have been thinking quite a bit about friendship lately. One of the blogger’s that I follow regularly Spearfruit (Terry) (click for link to blog) has been battling cancer for while now. We have all followed along with him sending good thoughts and prayers for healing and pain-free days. When he wrote yesterday that he…

On His Own


This has been a strange two weeks for me. My son went to camp for the first time on his own. The past two years he has been to the same fine arts camp he is at now but his sister has always been on the same campus. It was always comforting to me have…

Going Home – It’s All About the Food Edition


If you have ever lived near Wegman’s grocery store and then moved away you will probably understand this. We went back east for a family wedding thus weekend. In the four days we were in town we made 2 or 3 trips to Wegman’s. One was to get prepared food such as subs, pizza and…

Picnic at the Beach


With only about a month or so left in beach season I had the urge the other night to squeeze in a quick evening trip to the beach. Because the sun sets at 9:30 pm we were able to grab subs, soda, and chips before heading out at 8:00 pm. I love that the beach…

Changes at Walt Disney World


Sunday is my fun day! I write about my family or something that is going on in our world. Lots of changes to the Walt Disney World theme parks were announced at the D23 Expo, a conference for those who love all things Disney, in California last week. I LOVE Disney. Let’s start with that….

Revisiting My New Year’s Resolution


pur·pose·ful·ly ˈpərpəsfəlē/ adverb   in a way that shows determination or resolve. “Rachael takes the lead, striding purposefully towards the door” with a useful purpose. “how is it possible to share information effectively and purposefully with project partners?” I chose Purposefully for my word of the year. This word was to guide all my decisions…

Happy Birthday to Me! With 20 Questions


I have decided since it is my birthday weekend (because yes, it takes a whole weekend to celebrate and it’s one of those big ones) that I can do what I want on my blog today. We have friends visiting from college, and will have a big dinner over the weekend for about 20 people….

Irish Fest – Part II


Someone asked me to share a video of the Irish dancers. This is the school’s newest Treble Reel that they did for Irish Fest and their recital two weeks ago. Not all the dance students were at this performance but it is very impressive with 22 dancers. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Father’s Day!


I wrote this post about my father last year and feel it is even more appropriate this year as my children are starting to navigate the political, social, and human aspects of life. Extremely grateful for the spirit of volunteerism and ethics both of my parents instilled in me and I am passing down to…

A Big Weekend in Our House


Sunday is the day I usually talk about my family. This past weekend has been a whirlwind in our house. Friday night my son had his 8th grade “Farewell.” They don’t say graduation in our district except for 12th grade. I like that. In 5th grade they do a “Walk Away.” All the 5th grade…

Do You Have a Leftover Meal?


Lately I have been going back and watching televisions shows from many years ago that I did not get to watch the first time they were on television. So, I have watched West Wing, How I Met Your Mother, and now Malcolm in the Middle. One of the best moments so far for me is…

An Impromptu Memorial Day Picnic


Our lives have been so busy that I marked Saturday and Monday on our calendar as “Do NOT schedule anything.” of course that did not completely work but it kept us down to a sane three or four items in the day and not have it jam-packed. As we were at the grocery store picking…