Date Night Ideas that Won’t Break The Bank

Cheap Date Night Ideas @ - 31 Days of Cheap Tricks, Living for Less

After sixteen years, I think we’re masters of the cheap date night.  Before we married, our dates weren’t so cheap, but after, well, let’s just say we had to learn to be in love without money. The other night my husband looked at me and said, “You wanna go out junking with me?” My son [...]

Love is An Action Word

Love is An Action Word @ The Domestic Fringe

Tonight my daughter told me that her friend is going to be evicted from her home.  This girl’s parents don’t have the money for their apartment anymore.  If they can’t find someplace to go, they are going to send this little girl to live with her grandfather in Tennessee. Then my daughter asked if she [...]

Leave A Love Note in His Car

Marriage: Leave a Love Note in his car

Sometimes when the sun shines, I get crazy ideas. Today, I’m over at Fancy Little Things talking about the time I decided (on a whim) to leave a love note in my husband’s vehicle. He was on the job and the poor guy said he felt like “Joseph fleeing Potipher’s wife”, only I guess in [...]

Celebrated With A Romantic Deer

15th, crystal anniversary

Last Thursday was our “crystal” anniversary – 15 years.  It’s a huge milestone and I am sure you are all tired of hearing about it, but I cannot let it go just yet.  I told you FringeMan wanted to celebrate 15 years with tall, cold glasses of Crystal Light, but I wanted more, something to [...]

No Fear in Love

no fear in love Bible verse printable.

My birthday in mid-February marked the beginning of the roller-coaster of love. By the end of the month FringeMan, in his casual and laid-back way, dragged me into a jewelry store to determine which shape diamond I would want if at any time in the near future he may be in the market for buying [...]

Love is Crystal Clear

FringeMan and I have a history of poorly celebrated anniversaries.  It does not diminish our love or the forever after pledge we made almost fifteen years ago, but it does make us really bad romantics. This lack of romance is mostly my fault.  You see, my husband’s love language is camouflage and I married him [...]

Heart of A War Bride

vintage war bride ring of love

Today I am linking with a Mom2MemphisAndRuby for Thrifty Finds Link Party. Hope over and see lots of other great finds…after you read this post and see mine. My name is Ade Johnson.  I was born in Brooklyn, New York  on a warm summer’s night in 1920.  I am the oldest of four children, three [...]

We Waited Seven Years


We’re on the verge of a big family change.  It’s been in the making for years, but we like to take things slow and not just jump into adding another member to our family.  My daughter says she’s been waiting for seven years and two weeks; however, it’s really been more like five years and [...]

In Honor of Mother’s Day – Things My Mama Taught Me


When the telephone rings, the world is a good and happy place – wrongs are righted, arguments cease, and tears dry. My childhood is laced with moments of awe as I watched my mother transform from a fire-breathing – I’m going to half-kill you for that! – What were you ever thinking? – Drop your [...]

It’s All in my Head

Me & John by Kelly

Yesterday you gave me enough stars to light up the world and I thank you for every single one of them.  I’m feeling so great about the stars that I might delete the star option, because I think I’m attached to the stars in an unhealthy way.  You know? Of course you don’t know, because [...]

Date Night: Taking Chances

Last night I went on a date with my husband.  That’s two months in a row, possibly a new PC (post-child) record. I woke up feeling like Mexican food, because, honestly, Mexican food combines all my loves – cheese, fried, meat, cheese, chips.  Throw some salsa on it and a side of refried beans with [...]

When Little Girls Grow Up

application to date my daughter

I’m sitting with my coffee in a silent house feeling a bit nostalgic.  I just sent my daughter to school looking more like a teenager than a little girl.  All of a sudden, I don’t like that. I’ve seen her in a silly animal hat so many days that I forget how quickly she’s growing [...]

A Reason for my Sanity


Sanity is a touchy subject.  Some of us think we’re sane, but really we’re tip-toeing on the balance-beam of crazy.  You know? If any of you ever visit the old blog and don’t picture me with a thousand tiny marbles rolling all helter-skelter in my head, it’s because I have a fabulous family. I mean [...]

Throwing Red & Pink M&M’s Your Way

Hey Peeps! Ok, I never say peeps, but I have marshmallow chicks on the mind.  I am dieting you know. Let’s kick this month of love off the right way, with Romance on a Budget.  That’s what I’m talking about today at An Army of Ermas. Come visit me and I promise you’ll laugh, you’ll [...]

Happy Ever After, Day #2 – 31 Days of Happy

fairy godmother

I am happily married. That doesn’t mean that every single day of our marriage has been pure bliss.  We’ve had problems just like every other couple in the history of mankind, but when a problem arises, we work through it, get help if we need it, and continue in the happy {ly} ever after.  We’ve [...]