Park Life

Sunshine in My Dining Room

May 2, 2014

I have an amazing farm table my husband built (yes, he is quite the carpenter) from some wood that came from an old barn he took down in Louisiana, his home state. It makes me smile every time I look at it and eat on it. If you know me or have been to my […]

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Blood Moon Up Close!

April 15, 2014

Aside of the amazing opportunity to live on a state park on a beautiful mountain, we also get to have some really cool neighbors. We are surrounded by a community of people who always stop what they are doing for anyone in need, band together on projects to make our mountain a better place to […]

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Getting All Reflective ~2013

December 31, 2013

What an amazing 2013! I have so many wonderful moments, so many amazing memories made. Sure, there have been obstacles, but I have learned from them and no, I do not like to focus on them here because sweet mercy, I like to focus on happy. A quick rundown: Our boys are thriving in school […]

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Southern Traditions and Memories: Black Patent Mary Janes to Rockin’ the Cowboy Boots

November 25, 2013
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Christmas in Dixie is pure magic! It is oranges, walnuts (really, why? Not sure, but they made great bombs to throw at my brothers, they could chip a tooth) and pecans in our stockings, sitting as a family reading the Christmas Story, dressing up for holiday meals, riding around and looking at Christmas lights that […]

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Faith, Family, Football and Home ~ House Design and “The Book of Manning”

October 2, 2013

Our park house is still under construction,  I hope to be in it by Christmas….of 2014. Let me start by saying, I would have not been a great interior designer, not one of my gifts. Picking flooring, paint colors, appliances, drawer pulls, tile…oh, it is a daunting task for me. I was begging for design […]

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The New/Old State Park

July 4, 2013

Where has The Park Wife been? Well, aside of keeping busy with my state-focused blog communities (go check out Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi Women Bloggers), I packed every belonging we have in too many boxes and we moved! Everything my husband has done for the past 15 years in state parks was […]

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The Secret My Mom Kept for 20 Years

March 14, 2013

Recently, I saw an article with the topic “do we ever leave high school”? This article made me think of how those three years (our freshman year was at a different school) had more impact on my personality and who I am than any other three years of my life (even those first few years […]

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A Mardi Gras Flashback ~Throw Me Somthing Mister

February 10, 2013
King Cake, New Orleans, Mardi Gras

The parades are in full swing, people are getting all decked out for the balls, and I am not in New Orleans. So, to make myself feel better, I am going to make us some gumbo and a King Cake today and throw beads at the boys. In honor of Carnival Season, a look back […]

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A Love Story for the Month of Love

February 7, 2013
Our Love Story

Did you ever read The Park Wife & The Ranger ~ The Love Story? I really do not know why there is not a book made from this. Hallmark Channel has not called either. Amazing. If you are sitting around with a  box of chocolates, a Dr. Pepper, and there is nothing on your DVR […]

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Pump Up the Jam

January 24, 2013
music recommendations

I am so out of the loop musically. After years of listening to Veggie Tales songs with toddlers, we moved to the Ozarks and our boys began playing old-time, folk, and bluegreass music. My life is filled with music, but I need some variety. I REALLY need some variety. So, music recommendations please!  Now, rap […]

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