Monday, November 23, 2015

Flag of the Week for Thanksgiving Week 2015

From North Carolina to New York City to Kentucky to Los Angeles we're blessed to have the freedom to fly our flag. I'm thankful to the soldiers now protecting us and to the veterans who protected us in the past. Thank you!


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Snug Hollow Farm, a Kentucky Treasure

Last weekend Tim and I slipped away for a quiet weekend at Snug Hollow Farm located just west of Irvine,Kentucky. It's three hundred acres, and serves organic vegetarian dishes. They were delicious. On the way home we decided our three favorite things to eat were the lasagna, chocolate torte, and oatmeal pancakes.

We stayed in the main house of this rustic Bed & Breakfast. Others stayed in cabins, one which was built in the late 1700s. You can see the older cabin in front of the main house in this picture.

Supper and breakfast were served in the main house where we had the pleasure of meeting new people. One of Tim's board members and his wife happened to be staying on Friday night, and I got to know them better.

We also met a couple from Bardstown. John and Mary Tim. It turns out John and I went to the same church in Owensboro when we were little. He's four years older than me, and we moved when I was eight so he and I didn't know each other. My parents remember his family.

There was also a young couple who bought a 150 acre farm in Eastern Kentucky earlier this year. They plan to work the land. Jessica cans food they grow, they have an apple orchard, and her eyes lit up as she shared her plans to use chips from some of the old apple trees for a smoke house. They truly inspired us with their love for each other and their desire to make the world a better place.

We thought we were going away to hike and rest. God delighted us by introducing us to some amazing strangers we'll never forget.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Flag of the Week comes from Athens, Georgia

My husband, Tim, graduated from the University of Kentucky. I grew up in Kentucky, but when I attended the University of Georgia I fell in love with football. I can cheer for Kentucky any time except when they play Georgia. We have so much fun watching the yearly Kentucky vs Georgia game. Some years we are able to go back to Athens, but it didn't work out for us this year. There's nothing like the excitement of being between the hedges to cheer on your favorite team.

My son, Scott, drove down to Athens with a friend who graduated from UK. They stayed with some of our friends, and Scott cheered for UGA. Yes, that made me so happy.

Thanks to Scott this week's flag of the week comes from Sanford Stadium.

Friday, November 13, 2015

One Way to Help Our Veterans

While researching for a story, I ran across this ministry. The United Methodist Church is helping veterans hook up with dogs. Veterans with PTSD are gaining freedom to live a more normal life, and many dogs are being saved from pounds. Take a minute to discover what's happening.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day

How do you show support to our veterans? Fly your flag? Salute the veterans you know? Show up at a parade and cheer for them?

I saw on TV an interesting way to support our veterans. It's called Greenlight a Vet.

No matter what you do, please find a way to thank a vet for their sacrifice and courage for our freedom. And if you're a veteran, THANK YOU!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Flag of the Week

This week's flag comes from Keeneland, Home of 2015 Breeder's Cup in Lexington, Kentucky.

I've only been to Keeneland for a concert, and I've never actually attended a horse race despite living in horse country.

Keeneland began on October 15, 1936 with's it's first day of Thoroughbred racing. Almost eighty years later the tradition continues.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Never Give Up Part 2

Last week I shared how I got into pharmacy school. I loved living in Athens, Georgia and attending UGA. But there were hard times. I didn't breeze through my classes.

I always struggled with wanting to be a good mother to Bill and studying. There were times I considered giving up. I could finish one of the other degrees I started with a lot less stress.

During some of these times it was my mother, Nancy Lutz, who kept encouraging me. She told me I could do it. She reminded me Bill depended on me to graduate so I could provide for him. She had faith in me and wouldn't let me give up on myself. She was the voice of encouragement in my ear.

I did eventually graduate. During my time in Athens, I met Tim. We fell in love and married. Eventually we moved back to Kentucky to be closer to family.

When Bill went to college, he told us he wanted to be a pharmacist. I'll be the first to tell anybody Bill is way smarter than me. He got into UK and is now a pharmacist. I joke about him surviving pharmacy school twice, and he's a great pharmacist.

Here's Bill today with his wife, Amanda and their beautiful daughters.

In this picture you'll see the four pharmacists in my family. Dick Lutz, Chris Lutz, Bill Sturdevant, and me surrounded by our loving, and encouraging family.

If you're struggling today, I'd like to encourage you to never give up.

Thanks for stopping by!