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Heading South

img_8439The last quarter of 2016 brought about rather big changes for our family. Our only born left for college, we moved 6 hours south to Austin, and I closed my store.

We had dreams of moving to Maine once Frodo graduated High School, but he decided to stay in TX for college, and with in-state vs. out-of-state tuition rates being what they are, we put those plans on hold. We still wanted to move out of our small though and considered Dallas, but after a few visits to Austin, we were sold! So here we are.* We still dream of Maine, and probably will even more once summer comes around again, but are enjoying life here for now.

The closing of my store has been somewhat harder. It was my identity for so long. I was the soap lady. It was where I lived 7 days a week. I still have my business and am still making soap, but on a much smaller scale and with a few more challenges. Although it is quite nice to be home more with The King.


*”Oh so you followed your son to college? People have actually said that to us.”
No, we found a town we love that happens to be near his college.” As a mom, of an only child, I’m certainly not hating the fact that he’s just a short ride away, and as a “starving college student” he’s not hating the fact that he can come home on the weekends and be fed.

One Chapter Ends…

IMG_5342Where did time go? Didn’t he just leave for his first day of Kindergarten?

Where are his Bionicles and Legos? Where did this handsome young man come from?

I am so very proud of Frodo! He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was accepted into his first choice University – UT Austin.

IMG_5538The day after graduation we left to go down to Austin for his orientation.

He stayed in the dorms for the three day orientation, and I went and explored the area after my day of parent orientation.

I have such mixed feelings about this new chapter in his life. I am so excited for him to go on this new adventure, but sad too because I will miss having him around every day.

But as a famous southern belle once said, “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Or better yet, in August!



A couple of days ago we had bad storms. I was standing at the back patio door “watching” for tornadoes. It rained so hard it flooded our back patio, there was lightning and thunder and hail. At one point the whole house shook, but then it was over and we went to bed.

The next morning I got a text asking if we were okay. A neighbor had spotted a tree down in our yard. Ah, so that’s what shook the house! The tree landed on the storage building attached to the garage. Thankfully everything in the buidling was okay, and more importantly we didn’t fly off to Oz.