Being Memory Keepers for Our Little Ones


I’m feeling nostalgic today. You see, my first baby is turning 10. TEN. Double-digits. Practically a tween. And those early years? They’re over. Gone. A part of my history … and hers. Those days of taking in goodies to preschool for her birthday. Gone. Days of singing silly songs and reading funny little books and […]

How to Make a New Year’s Resolution

Google's real-time resolution tracker.

So, I don’t usually do resolutions. I feel like everyone makes these big, sweeping promises this time of year. And by February, everyone’s back to not exercising, watching too much TV, and working too hard. I guess I feel that if you make a resolution, you should keep it. Google’s helping in the resolution game […]

Merry Christmas from CabinConnection!


I sure love this time of year! Merry Christmas to all of you — I hope this week will be filled with laughter and joy and time with ones you love. We’re sure excited to spend some time with family members that we don’t see as often as we’d like to. And we’re excited to […]

A Laugh for Wednesday

So, I just submitted my VERY LAST GRADE for the semester! That’s right, I’m done with my other part-time job (teaching at a local college), so I can concentrate more on this one. That’s the idea, anyway. But today I submitted my grades. I’m feeling a mile high! So in honor of that joy, I’m […]

Christmas Complexities (and a REALLY BIG BOX)

Oh man, I’m so exhausted. You know, apart from being that time of year, I’m in the midst of last classes and final exams. I’ve been grading until I’m actually DREAMING about it. Literally. Ughh. Nothing worse than a dream where you work and work and WORK, only to still have a big stack of […]

2 Fun Games for the Cabin


It’s winter, a perfect time to get cozy by the fireplace in a Smoky Mountain cabin, and play a good game. I’ve got two new suggestions for you. Spot It So, my mother-in-law bought this game for my 7-year-old son’s birthday. So we all played it, and thought it was a lot of fun, a […]

What I’m Thankful for This Year


Well, it’s almost Turkey Day. A time to eat good food, enjoy family and friends, watch FOOTBALL, and, of course, reflect on the gifts you’ve been given. You know what I’m most thankful for this year? (After, of course, all the “givens” — health, family, safety, etc.) A chance to travel. A lot. Yes, 2012 […]

Happy Veteran’s Day!

It’s a day to celebrate those who have given up so much to give us our freedom. As I write, my brother-in-law is on a ship off the coast of New England, bringing storm aid, while my sister-in-law is at home with three kids. It’s a day to be thankful. For our country. For our […]

Laugh Your Way Through the Post-Election Day


Everyone needs a laugh after the seriousness of election season. Look no further than my life. Sunday night, we were all asleep in our cozy little beds. Until 3 a.m., when a brief siren noise blared through the house, then abruptly stopped. We woke quickly, blearily asking each other what the sound was. No ideas. […]

Happy Halloween!

We’re taking the holiday off to be with family. But we’ll be back on Friday with more Smoky Mountain news. Enjoy the candy corn, hot apple cider, and spooks!