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Fall Leaves on Rainbow Mountain

This morning my friend Kibbs and I took a hike to see the fall leaves on Rainbow Mountain. Kibbs is a Christian wife and mom, a writer, and a very close friend.  Not only do I enjoy hiking for exercise, I love to see the beautiful fall leaves all over the ground.

Fall Leaves on Rainbow Mountain

What the Fall Leaves Teach us about People

After about an hour of hiking, Kibbs and I started thinking about all those different leaves all over the ground.
You know, those leaves on the ground are kind of like people.  You see all sorts of shapes, colors, and textures–and they’re all beautiful in their own way!

It’s hard to find a perfect leaf. For example, one leaf may have a bunch of different colors. Some have holes in them. Some have broken points. We’ve all got flaws, and it’s not like we the peeps we see on tv with perfect hair and flawless skin.

Fall leaves



What the Fall Leaves Teach us about Life

It’s kinda like us, isn’t it?
Our lives aren’t perfect, our families aren’t perfect…but everything seems to come together on this one beautiful rock called Earth.

What I’ve been Taught about Fall Leaves

Here’s one more thing about leaves…If you mow them into tiny bits rather than rake them, you’ve nourished your soil with a great source of nitrogen!  I’m one of the few in my neighborhood that doesn’t rake up all the fall leaves.  First of all, they are fun to toss at other family members, the pups like playing in them, I like the music they make under my boots, and I just think they’re really pretty.  So there’s your excuse for not raking this season.  Mow them instead for the sake of your soil.

Fall leaves


Happy Fall, Y’all!

Fall leaves with Spike and Snuggles
Spike and Snuggles love to play in the leaves.

Remembering to be Kind

It’s nasty up in Washington, D.C. There are peeps in high places who are trying to destroy each other. They’re more concerned with selfish ambition than the greater good of the people of the United States of America and the world. I won’t name names. I get so frustrated some times! But here’s the thing…… Continue Reading

A Tribute to Mr. CQ & Mrs. Jo

When you go, do you think anyone will remember you? If so, how do you want to be remembered? Sometimes, it’s not until someone dies that you think about what a Wonderful Life that person had. At least, that’s how it seems to me. Weekend before last, I attended “Mrs. Jo’s” funeral. I think she’d… Continue Reading

Introducing www.sweetgumlife.com!

Dearest Readers, It’s with much anticipation that I Introduce my new and improved blog, www.sweetgumlife.com! I am so excited to launch my new blog, after posting at www.thewritesteph.com since March 3, 2013. Although I’m a little sad to let TheWriteSteph go, I am happy to begin anew with a name that fits my niche better… Continue Reading

Happy Father’s Day Do’s and Don’t’s

Father’s Day sneaked up on us this year. It’s 9 a.m., and Princess Buttercup and I have got to sneak out and go buy Lefty that perfect gift! Well, actually, we aren’t sneaking. Lefty and his brother are meeting their dad for breakfast at Cracker Barrel right now. Before he left, Lefty said, “Um…If you… Continue Reading

What Makes 16 Years of Marriage Work

Dear Readers, 16 years ago today–June 6, 1998–I married my best friend and the love of my life. His online name is “Lefty.” It seems like yesterday that I was the nervous (terrified, actually!) bride that you see in the picture. You can see the fear in my eyes because I would be making one… Continue Reading

A Tribute to Uncle Buddy

At the end of last week, the last of my Grandmother’s family of origin died. Uncle Buddy was always called the “baby of the family.” My Great-Grandmother Lindsey had seven (yes, 7!) children, and I think all of them were born in their little white house in Meringo County, Alabama. http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?id=countiesRiver&countyID=marengo Great-Grandmother B lost her… Continue Reading

Southern Fried Yummy

Every night around 5, I try to make things nice when Lefty comes home from work. It’s when we finally all get together to eat dinner. Trust me, it’s not always peace and serenity in the land of clutter, drama, and homework, but it’s what we’re striving for. Last night I made oven-fried drumsticks from… Continue Reading

Toad the Wet Sprocket

I had just finished college in the early 90’s, and I did not know what to do with myself. I had been a Family Studies major, and I was too class-weary to go on to graduate school at the time. Not to mention that I was broke. So I moved back home to Jachin, in… Continue Reading