Wednesday, May 23, 2018

German, King's, Lemons, and Cancer

These four words pretty much sum up the 2018 Lemonade Day Galveston County Program for Ella. 

She decided on a German theme this year and met with Hans, the owner of King's Biergarten in Pearland, to secure a spot.  She not only secured a spot with him, but he and his wife, Meghan, went above and beyond to support her in every way possible.  

First of all, they support her as a young musician and allow her to play on stage with the Enzian Buam band, when possible.  Secondly, on Lemonade Day, they provided a beautiful German backdrop, a skirted table complete with a tent set up to protect her from the sun,  and an ice chest filled with ice.  As if that wasn't enough, they also made a generous monetary donation.  

All she had to do was show up, sell her German-inspired lemonade, and entertain her customers with a little fiddle music.  

Support doesn't get much better than that.  So Hans and Meghan...from one-pint sized entrepreneur to another, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!💛💚

Stand Name inspired by Hans (the owner), el (what we call Ella for short), and Pretzel (well...a German staple)

Ella found a cause greater than our neighborhood.  Studies purport lemons help fight off cancer, so what better cause to support than a family she admires trying to fight off this horrible disease.  

And, she ended on a sweet note with an unexpected award (certificate, trophy, and $75 check)....  

Thank you Galveston Chamber of Commerce for making such a valuable program available to our little ones--and for recognizing her creative efforts.  

Until next year, she'll "spend a little, save a little, give a little back."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


The recent vision developmental and motor examination confirmed that Ella has dysnemkineidesia:  a form of dyslexia that renders her "word and symbol blind." Specialists all recommend the need for "intense intervention through homeschooling and tutoring." And, since mom is a verb...last night, a very primitive, makeshift classroom was pulled together in preparation for today's lessons. 

We started with the Pledge of Allegiance to an imaginary flag (because our real one is packed) and prayed to God for wisdom and for Him to open our hearts and minds to receive His teachings.  We also gave thanks for Ella's dyslexic specialist, Mrs. Julia Steele, for her guidance, input, love and support...and of course, to daddy Troy for all he does for his girls.    

Prayers and guidance are always welcomed.  May our days be filled with love, patience, books, scriptures, music, nature, movement, art, and sweet human connection.  

I got this!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Change is Happening

...and a wee bit stressful.

Last December, we embarked on--what we thought was a three month renovation of our kitchen and bathooms.  Eight months later, we moved in to our beautifully remodeled home. 
Three weeks later, the horrific Hurricane Harvey flooded/wiped out everything in his path--including most of our neighborhood.  While water didn't "flood" our house directly, it came up through the weep holes and wept up the walls for the next eight days (thanks to no electricity and our need to be evacuated).  Most people lost everything they owned, and many lost their lives and/or the lives of loved ones. 

Counting our blessings, we moved out and began another home redo.   "Aunt Chasity and Uncle Darren" kindly took their house off the market and allowed us to rent from them while ours gets repaired.  So, for the next few months, we are living in Dickinson.

In the meantime, Troy has been busy as ever, and we've been told by doctors/specialists that Ella has Dyslexia.  Most of my days are spent dealing with contractors, adjusters, specialists, Google searching--and, trying to find things in boxes. 

They say change is good and breaks up routine.  Um, yes, that would be a definite truth.  

Since I'm fond of happy endings, I will end on a happy note:  we got a new puppy a day or two before Harvey blew through.  Meet Willy the Conqueror Broussard....  He is definitely Dag-a-roo's shadow--and annoying little brother (at times;).   

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pacific Adventures

The Jewel of the Mariana Islands:

Hafa Adai (Hello)
Blue Linckia Sea Star
Two Lovers Point:
WWII History:  From Occupation to Liberation
Narita, Japan

Offering incense in exchange for healing power and cleansing hands/mouth before entering the temple to experience the The Goma Fire Ritual at Shinshoji Narita-san Temple: Chiba

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Venomade Lemonade 2017

Over 1,000 young entrepreneurs participated in this year's Galveston Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Lemonade Day Program.  

Ella partnered up with her friend, Trenton, and formed Venomade Lemonade. They worked hard, had fun, won several awards, learned a lot, earned a lot, and donated to good causes.

Special thanks to Hugh & Jeff's, Rainforest Pets, and all of our friends and family who supported Venomade Lemonade.
Program Requirements:  Invest 1/3, Save or spend 1/3, and Donate 1/3.  Trenton and Ella split their $780 profit, leaving $390 each.  Ella donated $130 to her deceased cousin's benefit for his two surviving children, deposited $130 in her savings, and meets with the Friend's Church committee on Wednesday, May 31st, to present her food bank donation.

Another successful year!  Thank you Gina Spagnola and Galveston Chamber staff who work with so many to make this opportunity available to our little ones.  

Previous years: