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Little Women

17 Jan
In just 9 days, I will be performing in Little Women.  
There is so much I want to explain and tell you about regarding this show and this cast, but I’ll spare you for now.  😉
The purpose of this all adult cast/show put on by Haven Academy is to raise funds for a home being built to assist women who are attempting to leave the human trafficking trade.  
I must say – I’ve never read the book or seen the movie, mostly in part to knowing that someone dies and it seemed a bit boring, however the musical version of this story is anything but!  The music is amazing and the show all together is witty and has its funny parts.  I think that has a lot to do with the caliber of actors and actresses in the show.  I AM WAY OUT OF MY LEAGUE!  Three of our actors/actresses are professional and belong to the Actor’s Equity Association.  The rest of them are making this their career in one way or another, and I’m just a mom of four getting a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Rehearsals started on January 2nd.  Yep, only a few weeks of rehearsals to put this show together, but it’s a MUST SEE!  You will not want to miss this one.
Here is the info…
Haven Academy of the Arts
Proudly Presents
Spreading Hope: Haven to Haven
A Benefit Production of
Little Women
To Raise money for Gracehaven House

January 26th 7:00 PM
January 27th 7:00 PM
January 28th 2:00 and 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door

Purchase tickets on-line at

Haven alumni and parents with professional guests Kristin Towers-Rowles, Gail Wirth, and Robert Towers will partner to raise money for the construction of a shelter for women rescued out of the domestic human trafficking industry.

Marmee: Gail Wirth*

Jo March: Rachel Hellerman

Meg March: Kristin Towers-Rowles*

Beth March: Alison Schiller

Amy March: Carly Persons

Mr. Lawrence: Robert Towers*

Laurie: Arnold Geis

Professor Bhaer: Slater Garcia

Mr. Brooke: Alec Reed

Aunt March: Courtney Cash

Mrs. Kirk: Claire Griswold

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

Shopping Follies

9 Dec

I walk into a store where a young man is working lethargically while wearing a Santa hat.

Me: How much are these?

Him: They start around $13

Me: And what about these?

Him: I’m not sure. I think they’re two for something?

– I proceed to walk around the store for a minute and end up back at the counter –

Me: So, can you help me?

Him: Sure.

Me: You don’t know how much that is?

Him: No.

Me:  Do you work here?

Him: Yes.

Me:  Is anyone else here right now?

Him: No.

Me:  So how could you sell me something if you don’t know how much it costs?


ME:  Okay, thank you very much.  

 – I leave the store.-


Ten Years Ago…

24 Nov


It wasn’t Thanksgiving day.  It was actually 2 days after Thanksgiving.

I was supposed to go help my husband at our new home.  We were moving in furniture.  He called to ask if I would pick up some felt pads from Home Depot on my way over.  I told him I wasn’t going anywhere, because I was having contractions.

A few short hours later, a 9 lb 6 1/2oz baby girl with dark hair and super bright blue eyes was placed in my arms.

Just before we went into the operating room, we asked big sister Abigail if it was going to be a boy or a girl.  Abigail was right.  And then after Abigail left the room, Brandon thought it’d be fun to maybe choose a different name for the baby.  I’m so glad we didn’t, because Esther is as unique as her name.  Could you imagine my sweet little Esther with the name Grace?

And so today, Esther turns “double digits”.  Ten years old.

I’m extra thankful today.  🙂





24 Nov



9 Apr

This is the first post from my brand new computer.

So exciting!

I’m sitting on my couch right now.

That’s the real exciting part!

I’m still becoming aqcuainted with this new toy, but at 11pm on a Saturday night, I still wanted to sit and hear how my fingers sound as they hit these new purrty buttons.

Well, that, and I’m waiting tiredly for a load of laundry to dry.  Wait, scratch that.  That load is whites – which means socks.  We can wait for those tomorrow.

So, simply just checking in here.  And playing with my new toy.

Palm Springs was wonderful, as usual.

Sad the week is over.  There is a new week ahead.  My menu plan calendar is blank.  My cupboards, after being gone, are getting close to bare.  Sounds like  a new and busy week ahead.  But new is usually always good.  A clean fresh new start to something, right?

So, here’s to “new”. 🙂

(Oh, and it’s a MAC).  So, very new to me.  🙂


30 Mar

Looking forward to it.  It isn’t here yet, but almost.

We’ve had 2+ weeks of Seussical the Musical.  Two weekends of performances, but we’ve been rehearsing since January.  Amongst the performances, we had a party for my baby sister, who is days away from completing her schooling for becoming an ultrasound technician.  She’s been hard at work, and deserved some celebrating.  It was so good to see friends and family.  Needless to say, I’m (as usual) exhausted.  But what’s new.  So, I went to Target yesterday and bought new sunscreen as Judah dreamed of our spring break in Palm Springs next week.  🙂

Random observation – I’ve noticed that all of my favorite coffee mugs are Christmas themed.  I mean, let’s be honest.  I have the set of little cups that came with my mondo box of starter dinnerware you get when you get married, but that is seriously NOT a cup of coffee.  I need a mug.  So, I  don’t have a set of mugs, rather a collection of gifts and door prizes.  Which is fine by me.  My coffee is currently smiling at me from a mug that says “The Magic of Santa”, and Judah calls it my “Ho Ho” cup.

Ok, randomness complete for today.

So here are some pictures from our busy weekends.  Look for sunny Palm Springs photos soon.  🙂

My bird girl

Mayzie la Bird

My little Who and circus entertainer

Even Judah got into the mix this time as a jungle frog.

The citizens of Whoville

Stef’s Grad Party

Click on the photo to see more from the grad party.   P.S. Gail, my dad took more pics on his camera. I’ll make sure you get to see those too. 🙂 Love you and lookin’ out – xo

Catching Up

8 Mar


Let’s be honest.  Nobody wants to simply see my menu’s once a week.  (Or twice a month).  There are people, friends, who are not on facebook, and want photos and witty glimpses into my life too.  (ha)  I know, GASP, the whole world is not on facebook.  So, I will slowly be getting pictures up here soon, but let me tell you about my Saturday.

I ran a 10K.  Or, I guess you could say I jogged a 10K.  And walked it a tid bit.  This was a first for me.  I would’ve much rather have ran the 5K, but I have this friend.  Her pseudo name is Lola.  She likes to run.  And to not feel silly about liking to run, she tries to get others to like to run with her.  Guess what?  It’s working.  I’ve already been thinking of my next 10K so that I can improve my time.  Sick, I know.  I ran with 5 other gal pals.  We’re all moms, so Lola decided we should have matching shirts.  Very fun.

Back to Saturday.  I didn’t do my best.  [enter excuses here]  It was hot.  Other people started walking, which made me feel like I could/should walk.  There were still people behind me, so I wasn’t last.  My phone wasn’t working right so I wasn’t tracking my pace.  Anyway, I got to mile 5, and texted Miss Lola to let her know I was on my way.  I got a text back that said, “I’m coming to get you.” and when I looked up, I could see her in the distance.  It was such a lovely sight.  A familiar face after being alone for over an hour on the hot pavement.  I wanted to hug her, cry a little, and then walk and talk about her run, but I couldn’t.  We had to finish the race.  I had to get to the finish line.  While we pushed on she told me the sweetest little story.  The race organizers were beginning to take the finish line balloons down, and my friends wouldn’t have it.  I hadn’t crossed yet.  Neither had others.  These sweet girlfriends offered to hold the balloon arch until I arrived, and agreed to take it down.  I melted a little.  It made my heart smile.  Lola pushed me through that last little bit, and we sprinted to the end, where my friends had the best looking balloons ever.  Well, not really, but they looked wonderful, because my friends were holding them.  Then I got ‘yelled’ at for having a good sprint, which meant I probably wasn’t pushing myself like I should’ve.  [see earlier excuses] Oh, and Miss Lola?  She placed 3rd in her division and shout out to Carey who was 5th in hers.  That’s just so awesome!

I am blessed with some great girls.