Happy Birthday!

On Tuesday, June 29th, 1999, at 4:03 pm, our daughter Morgan was born via emergency c-section. She weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and measured 21 1/2 inches long.  Nearly a month early, you couldn’t tell by those measurements.  We were so thankful to God she had no health issues at all. 

Every year on her birthday, we regale her with the story about the day she was born. Tommy has to fill in a lot of blanks for me due to my being partially sedated that afternoon. Ha! Ha!

Sixteen years have passed. Sixteen!  Oh, my goodness!  I cannot believe she’s sixteen!  Where has the time gone?  She’s had a learners permit for over a year now and today she will have her drivers license. She’s been ready for this day for quite sometime now. Her daddy and I have not been so ready. With another year under her belt,  comes new adventures and responsibilities. For her daddy and me, comes the part of letting her go and having some of those adventures, within reason, of course. 

Here’s to another year, dear daughter!  One of many great times and adventures!  Your daddy and I love you more than you know!

Blessings to y’all,


Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 

Inside the Mind of a Writer-Interview with Author DJ Miller

Interview with Indie Author, DJ Miller

Grover's Manse

I’m so excited to share my first interview here with you all. It is with indie author, DJ Miller. I’ve got a little bragging to do, too. She’s my husband’s cousin and such a sweet soul! Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and take a peek inside the mind of a writer below with a few “q and a’s.”

1. When did you get started writing and how?

I actually started writing when I was very young. I remember sitting outside in my backyard with an old manual typewriter when I was so young that I can’t remember how old I was. I typed out a short poem about the leaves in the trees blowing around in the wind; I think I still have that poem somewhere. Since then I have never stopped writing. I submitted some poems to contests in elementary school and submitted some short stories in…

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Dog Smarts and Despairing

The hubby has been gone one day, just one day, and our ten year-old chocolate lab, George is moping. He goes from room to room, upstairs and then downstairs with a perplexed look on his face. I think he thought something was up when the hubs was packing yesterday. Today it was confirmed. It’s late and he’s whining downstairs, while I’m trying desperately to get some sleep upstairs!
It’s kind of neat how pets can pick up on things like that. We took him for a walk this evening and gave him oodles of attention. I tend to forget when the hubby is away, George gets sad and then afterwards goes into full red alert mode. So far, we are at Defcon 5. He usually jumps from Defcon 5 to Defcon 1, which in human terms equals NO SLEEP! Gee whiz! This will be going on until Sunday or possibly Monday. On a happier note, the daughter and I had a great day of school, great food and funny flicks.
How does your pets react when one family member is away?

Have a blessed day!





Let the Fun Begin!

The start of momma-daughter week has begun.  First on the list, an algebra 2 test!   Although my dear, sweet daughter is not so excited about this. Lol.  Next up, after all schoolwork is complete, the first of many movies to be watched!  🎉👏 We’ve got The Goonies on tap for the first flick and pizza sandwiches for munching on.  Let the movies and munchies begin!

Pizza Sandwich
Boar’s Head Pepperoni
Onions, cut up into chunks
Bell pepper, cut into chunks
Pizza sauce
Pepper jack cheese
Sourdough bread
Olive oil

Heat olive oil in skillet. Add onions and peppers. Saute until onions are translucent. Add pepperoni to heat through.  Toast sourdough bread slices and add pizza sauce and cheese to bread. Next, add pepperoni, peppers and onions. Enjoy!

May your movies be funny and your munchies be yummy! 

Have a blessed day!


I’m Dreaming of Spring and Architectural Things

Oh, how I’m longing for an early spring!  The cold winter temperatures have just begun here in Northeast Arkansas, and I’m not liking it. Grover’s Manse is around 91 years old, fairly large and quite drafty. It’s kind of hard to keep the old girl warm, which is a huge drawback of owning an older home. (Thankful for a wood burning furnace) The upside of owning a large, older home is it’s character.

I love old houses. I grew up in one, chock full of family history.  I guess that’s why I’m drawn to older homes, the historical aspect. There’s a story behind the structures. At least in my mind there is!  Part of the research of our home was to find out the architectural design. Yes, I really wanted to know. I’m a nerd like that. Luckily, I ran across a website and e-mailed them with the old and new photos of our beloved home. I was shocked I got a reply, and rather quickly I might add. 🙂  Our home’s architectural style is called a “Frame Vernacular.”  Basically, it’s a hodge podge of Craftsmen, Colonial Revival, and Foursquare. According to my source, local builders would go by the owner’s favorite elements of architecture at the time. Pretty neat, huh?

Just wish it was spring now, so I could be in my flower beds planting, or sitting on my front porch with a cup of coffee, smelling the roses and imagining the families who once lived here.

Have a blessed day!



Homeschooling by the Seat of Our Pants

We’ve been homeschooling our lovely teenaged daughter for five years now. So here’s our backstory. We pulled her out of public school toward the end of her 5th grade year. She was diagnosed with ADHD around the age of 5. (No, we do not medicate her now and yes we did in the beginning.) I believe she took meds for around 2 years before we decided to take her off of them. There were some understanding teachers, and some who were not so understanding. Kids were cruel and foul mouthed. She wondered why these kids didn’t go to church or even have a desire to go to learn about how great our God truly is. Enter homeschooling. Insert a drum roll here.
What?!? Me? Homeschool our daughter? Oh, my! And this is our daughter’s idea!!! What could a nine year old (almost 10) possibly know about it? Thankfully, God placed people in our lives to answer those questions and offer support. I’m a “make a mountain out of a mole hill kinda gal” at times, so I was really scared and relieved. What curriculum would be right for her? Where could I buy it? What about socialization? Lol, yes, I asked that! I guess because she’s an only child, and family members had been a tad bit curious about that, too. Fifth grade year was nearly over, so I researched free curriculum online, printed off worksheets, and visited our local library often. My first mistake was having my hyperactive-impulsive daughter sit still. Wrong! After a week of that, I decided let her do her work wherever and however. As long as she’s learning, that was ok by our principal, aka hubby, aka daddy. She literally bounced on a ball while listening to me read or give directions to an assignment! We’ve done school work outside on her trampoline, on the front porch and even on the stairs!
Fast forward to today. She’s in the 10th grade now, loves hunting with her daddy, cooking, and archery. We are members of a wonderful Christian homeschool group, where we’ve made life long friends. We’ve gone on some cool field trips with our group and on our own. Over the past few years, we’ve taken an eclectic approach, or a hodge podge of this and that and it works for us. Currently, we use Teaching Textbooks Algebra II, Notgrass Exploring American History for history, literature and Bible rolled into one and Dr Jay Wile’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science.
No, not everyday is the same, and I guess that’s what makes homeschooling special for our family.

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Have a fabulous day!

JoAnn 😉



Hey, y’all!

Thanks for stopping by! 😁  My purpose in blogging is to share my many hobbies, interests, and ramblings with you.  Without further ado, here we go!

Grover’s Manse…huh? How did you come up with this title for your blog?  Pictured below is my home circa 1940 and today. It was originally built a couple of blocks from The First Presbyterian Church in 1924,  to serve as the Reverend’s manse, or home. The Reverend Grover Cleveland Currie and his family were the first to reside in my home. Several families lived in this old house, while it served as a Manse.   I’m really not sure when the house was sold, but do know in 1970, it was moved a few blocks to make way for the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food restaurant.

This has been an ongoing investigation, since 2007, when my husband, daughter, and I bought the home and moved in. Since we homeschool, we’ve used this search as part of our daughter’s history project. We’ve visited our county courthouse and local archives numerous occasions researching. We’ve even asked the locals.  Not much, but we will take whatever information or story they offer.

Anyway, I felt compelled to honor the first reverend who lived in this old Manse. Well, there you have it, Grover’s Manse is born.

P.s. We’re Baptists!