Springtime in Augusta

This past Sunday was one of those magical moments that I dreamed would come true one day. I have lived in the Augusta area all my life and had never stepped through those magical gates leading into the prestigious Augusta National golf course. I had seen the world-famous golf course on TV and in pictures but I had never actually been inside the Augusta National until this past Sunday. What made this day even more special was that my first time inside the Augusta National was also my Taterbug and my sister’s first time as well. I have to admit my eyes started to have happy tears when I was holding Taylor’s hand to walk up to and through those world famous gates into the prestigious Augusta National. It was a feeling that I will never forget. I heard another patron say welcome to Disney World for Adults and he was 100% correct. While we were there for the Drive Chip and Putt Finals, we only had limited access to the golf course. Having only limited access to certain areas of the course, means that seeing inside the Augusta National is still on my bucket list…..it is only halfway checked off.


Now I have to be honest, I am not a huge golf fan but there is just something magical and special about the Masters tournament in Augusta. The Masters is the one golf tournament that I will sit and watch on TV…..which is what I have to do because I have never had tickets for practice rounds or the actual tournament. One Day……One Day I will obtain tickets, but for now I am thankful for having the chance to see part of the Augusta National.

Seeing the excitement in Taylor’s eyes was priceless. He was so excited to get to go to and watch the Drive Chip and Putt championship, that he had told us the day before that he need to go to bed early and get a goodnight sleep because he had a big day tomorrow. He was correct we did have a big and exciting day ahead of us.


Once he watched some of the kids that were competing in the Drive Chip and Putt finals, he started to pretend that he was playing golf. He is definitely my little sports fanatic.


I knew that there were some “must get” or should I say “must eat” when going to the Augusta National and that is the famous pimento cheese sandwiches and the egg salad sandwiches……..and of course we cannot forget the famous plastic cups with the Masters Logo on it. You cannot beat $1.50 for a sandwich and $1.50 for a sweet tea. One of the best Pimento Cheese sandwiches you will ever eat. I added some Carmel Popcorn as well and it was delicious! Another must is a visit to the Pro Shop to get those Masters memorabilia with the famous Masters logo on it.


All in all it was a day full of priceless memories and an experience I will never forget.

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“In golf as in life it is the follow through that makes the difference” ~Anonymous~

“Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what your experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.” ~Bruce Crampton~

“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots-but you have to play the ball where it lies.” ~Bobby Jones~





Christmas Memories and Traditons



With Christmas fast approaching, I am excited of the new memories I am making with my husband and children. Taylor is at the age now that he is really starting to understand and get excited about Christmas. My heart melts seeing the excitement in his big brown eyes. My sweet little Ladybug understands nothing about what is going on and that is okay because it is her very first Christmas. All she knows is there is some cool interesting things to touch and explore.  There is still a part of me that is sad this time of the year. I miss my grandparents dearly. I miss the traditions from when I was a child. I think that is one of the main reasons that I strive so hard to create traditions with my children. I want them to have their own special memories that they will cherish. The following are memories of Grandma Taylor, my sister and I cherished that I wrote to be read at her memorial service when she passed away. Many of our favorite memories were about this time of the year.

Memories of Grandma Taylor

One of Lisa and Angela’s favorite memories is that Grandma would get each grandchild an ornament with his or her name engraved on it. Every Christmas we would be excited to go her to her house and find our ornaments on the tree. This is a memory that we will always cherish about Grandma Taylor.

Lisa and Angela can recall the times that they would spend the night at Grandma’s house. Grandma would tell us that we could not get up from the table until we cleaned our plates. What Grandma did not know is that when she would go outside to hang the clothes up to dry Granddaddy would scrape our plates in the trash and tell us to go play. We are not sure, if Grandma ever knew that he did that. If she did, she never let on.

We would try our best to make the bed up when we would spend the night with Grandma, but we just never could get it right. Grandma knew just how to make that bed with no wrinkles in it. We still today cannot make a bed as Grandma could.

We can remember the times that we call Grandma “Becky, Becky, Becky.” Oh-she would get so mad.

Who could forget the infamous ambrosia parties that Meloney, Linda, Janice and Grandma would have at Christmas.

Grandma would always make her famous fudge at Christmas time. No one could ever make that fudge, quite like Grandma could. Many attempted but just could not get it.

Oh, the smell of Christmas Day dinner cooking would fill that little green house. All us grandchildren would be anticipating opening gifts after we “ate everything on our plates”.

I can remember the times that Samantha and I would pick plums off the tree that was beside Grandma’s house to eat. Those plums would be some of the best plums that we would eat.

That red wagon that all the grandchildren would take turns riding down the driveway at Grandma’s house. . We would use the handle to steer the wagon. As kids, that driveway would seem so steep, but it was just because we were little.

Grandma’s   green house is filled with love and many memories that we will have in our hearts forever.

Grandma we love you and miss you, but we know that we will be together again.


I will always cherish those moments in my heart about my Grandma Taylor. Creating memories and traditions with my children are very important to me. We started the tradition of baking and decorating cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.  Another tradition that we started the year Taterbug was born was we would have Christmas Brunch at our house. Christmas morning my parents and sister and my husband’s parents and sister come over and we would enjoy delicious food, read the Christmas Story from the Bible and exchange gifts.  In creating these memories and sharing in the excitement of Christmas, I want to make sure that Taylor and Emersyn always know and remember the true meaning and reason for the Christmas season and that is to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Blessed Mom

Pass the Turkey and Dressing and share the traditions!


While Thanksgiving is turkey, dressing and all the trimmings there is a lot more to Thanksgiving. For me Thanksgiving is about time with my family and reflecting on everything that we are thankful for. I Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) says, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Creating new traditions and passing on old traditions with my children is also, what Thanksgiving is for me.  Taterbug is now at the age where he is getting excited about the holidays and that just melts this mommy’s heart. Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without starting the morning off with watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. IMG_6993This is Miss Ladybug’s very first Thanksgiving this year.  Thanksgiving is the official start to the holiday season and the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

I have so many wonderful memories of Thanksgiving when I was a child and I want my children to have their own special memories. Everyone knows that if you go away hungry from our family’s Thanksgiving dinners, it is your own fault. There is always so much food and desserts.  The wondrous aroma of the Turkey and dressing fills the house.  Thanksgiving in our family is you are not on a time schedule; it is a day of just spending the day together talking, laughing, eating, looking at the Black Friday sales ads to plan the shopping for the ones that are going shopping. The main thing that I want Taylor and Emersyn to learn about is being thankful in every circumstance.  While I want them to know and understand that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, I just want to also know that we need to give thanks every day for the many blessings in our lives.

The new tradition that we started this year with Taylor is the arrival of the Elf on the Shelf on Thanksgiving Day. Buster arrived this morning with his book for us to read to Taylor. Nothing beats the excitement in his eyes when he spotted his elf Buster. I am excited for the memories that will be created this year and the years to come with Buster and Taterbug. Yes, this mommy has created a board on Pinterest for ideas for Elf on the Shelf with Taylor. Okay though, here is one thing that I do not understand with some of the pins I have seen for good ol Mr. Elf……………………..he is suppose to fly back to the North Pole every night to report to Santa on the children’s behavior, so why is it that this elf gets in to mischief and does things that I would be upset with if my Taylor did. I see post that are just downright disgusting. I want to instill good behavior and manners in Taylor, so my thoughts are that why would I have an elf teach him the opposite of what I want. Therefore, this mommy has an elf that was named Buster and he is going to be a well-behaved elf that helps this mommy teaches Taterbug.  I am excited for the fun positive adventures of Buster the elf with Taylor.

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Another tradition that my husband Joseph and I started our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife was that the day after Thanksgiving we would go get our Christmas tree. We would spend that Friday decorating the tree and we would order pizza for dinner. Yes, that’s right there are no Christmas decorations up in our house until the day after Thanksgiving. I am one who feels like each holiday should be it’s on holiday. While I know, some of my other relatives and friends have had their Christmas tree up and decorations out for a couple of weeks now and that is perfectly fine for them, but that will never happen in this house. I like my Thanksgiving to look like Thanksgiving with the fall foliage and colors through our house.  So tomorrow, our house will be transformed in to Christmas. We will continue our tradition of going to get our tree and having pizza for dinner.

Just like I want thankfulness to be instilled in Taylor and Emersyn, I want them to also know the real meaning of Christmas. I want them to share in the excitement that Santa Claus brings, but I want them to also know what Christmas means. Christmas is about the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. (Luke 2:10 & 11 ESV, and the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” I do not want my children just to see or understand the commercial side of Christmas.

This is my favorite time of the year. I am excited for the memories that will be created during this season of Thanksgiving and the celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Luke 2:14 (ESV) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.

The Blessed Mom