Easter Memories

Easter always brings fond memories of my childhood, here’s my brother, my oldest nephew and me Easter Sunday 1970.  I remember this outfit, I had red shoes to match my bag.  We went to Sunday school then came home and took many more pictures, got to keep our church clothes on a little longer that day because we either had company or went visiting to show off our outfits.  Plus that meant eating candy, I’m not sure why we didn’t take the picture with our Easter baskets, but trust me we had them.  



Preparing for Easter was always a big deal.  The boys would go get a haircut and I would prepare for kitchen detail….getting my hair done, shampoo, press & curl.  That was pure torture back in the day because that meant I would have to sit on pillows on the floor of the hot kitchen while my momma pressed my hair straight with a pressing (hot) comb and then curled it with a curling iron both that had to be heated from the stove.  I was a one of those children that sweated when that comb got close to me, so that meant she had to get the box fan, turn it on high and sit it directly in front of me to keep me from sweating.  Also, I was in the house for the rest of the day whenever she did my hair so it wouldn’t go back or revert to its natural state.  This was a bi-weekly ritual, but getting ready for Easter Sunday was special.

Easter for my girls was about the same, except I’m crafty, so I made their Easter baskets.  They were cute, economical and they always got the candy they wanted.  I couldn’t stand paying that high price for a basket full of pink and green grass and two pieces of candy and a toy they would break in 10 minutes.  I have more pictures of them, they are buried in the “picture” containers that weigh about 75 pounds each and a mix of my pictures and my parents pictures.  I really need to go through them, but that’s a full-time job.  I did manager to find this one of my babies.  The church we attended at the time of this picture was all about casual dress for Easter because our pastor didn’t want any family to feel left out because they didn’t have a new outfit.  So as a leader in the church I chose not to buy new outfits for my girls and they were just fine.



Times have changed when it comes to hair, I didn’t put my girls through the torture I went through, but I did make sure their hair was pretty and girly looking.  They got their custom-made Easter baskets and we had a good day.   Funny how I made them stand in front of the fireplace like my momma did in 1970.  This picture of the girls was from 2007, they are so different now, young ladies.  I’ll probably go to Honey Baked Ham store and get a ham bone, you’d be surprised how much ham you can get off that bone.  It’s just enough for my husband, and a slice or two for my youngest daughter and I.  My oldest daughter is a vegetarian, so I’ll make a pasta salad or something we can all enjoy.  

However you plan to spend your Easter, enjoy it and remember why we celebrate this joyous occasion,  for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, my savior.   

Happy Easter!


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What’s Brewing at The Mocha Cafe



Happy Friday everyone, I’m having Scandal withdrawals.  Seriously.  It will finally be on next week, I can’t wait!

I have two new articles at Parent Society, one about rejuvenating when you are stressed out and need some alone time, click here for that article and here about my post on job tips for parents over 50 entering the work force again.  I’m searching for my next topics to write for them.  I try to write specifically for them about issues for the older woman, but I don’t want to take away my ideas for my own space.  I love the challenge and will keep writing as long as I can be creative.  It’s a good source for busy parents and has some pretty good writing.

The Catholic Church has finally chosen their next Pope.  I’m not gonna pretend I understand the religion, I respect everyone’s religion but I will say I’m glad that process is over.  

Don’t forget to support Kokoa Magazine, a great online magazine made for us everyday folks, articles about what we like and products we love!  Please subscribe, Kita is doing a wonderful job and making her dreams come true. 

It’s been a very busy week, got a lot going on, bowling party tonight, spring break next week and they are ready to hit the streets!  We’ll probably see what we can find that is “free” or very low cost.  My youngest wants to go to Chicago with her school next month.  They are taking a chartered bus to the museum and Navy Pier.  Here’s the kicker…the trip is $90 and it doesn’t include any food.  I can go as a chaperone for $30.  I’m gonna allow her to go, but she has to contribute her allowance to help pay for the trip.  She seems okay with that until she realizes she won’t have any spending money this weekend.  I guess I’m being cheap, but that’s just a bit much, but that bus must really be expensive.  I’m not sure if I’m going or not.  

I’ve moved my Outfit of the Week~OOTW to my page called Whitney’s Style.  I’m gonna use that for everything related with fashion, makeup etc.  

Enjoy your weekend and please be good to one another!

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Are You Spreading The Gospel?



Good afternoon everyone!  Went to church this morning, had a little breakfast, the girls are out and about and the Mr. is resting.  I’m on the computer doing my thing and thinking about what Pastor Clark preached on today.  His sermon today was “I’m Not Ashamed of The Gospel”, Romans 1:16-17.  When we grow in the word, we need to share the gospel with others.  We will need the gospel to move throughout the different stages of our lives.  I know for a fact that God is a healer, protector and provider.  Have you tried him?  I always want to encourage and lift women up to seek God when all else fails you.  We all have to remember because we get in our own way when times get hard, or we are in a valley.  Praying, it’s your chance to talk to God, whether it’s your daily/nightly prayer, or you just need to say a quick word or two to him.  He’s always there for us…ALWAYS.  We that call ourselves Christians, it’s our duty and His order that we minister to one another….Have a wonderful Sunday!

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