Today marks the fourth anniversary of my mother’s death. Every year I try to honor her memory by sharing her daily devotional. I am no stranger to the searing pain that grief brings with the loss of someone you love dearly. Through it all I have remained thankful to a God that has carried me on days I didn’t think I could walk, held me when I didn’t think I could stand, and filled me with hope when I was empty. I’ve walked through darkness and I know I will do it again someday. When I have someone like my mother Earnie, who was the best example of everything I could hope to be in a wife, mother and friend, I am thankful for each day I have to love as fully as I can. Mother was a faithful servant of the Lord. She welcome each new day in prayer, … Continue reading “Best Day of My Life — Daily Devotional”
Mr. Bee is visiting his family in England for the next several weeks. His sweet Auntie Nan died and he wanted to go home to see his family since they will all be together for Nan’s funeral. Nan lived a long life with her beloved Des who will be 91 in June when they would have also celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. I’ve been enjoying the photos Mr. Bee has been sharing with me and I thought you would to. Here is Mr. Bee with his Uncle Des. I think this is how Mr. Bee will look when he’s 91, because Des favored my father-in-law. Except, Mr. Bee inherited the tall genes from his maternal Grandfather. You can tell by the way they are dressed that it is still cool in England. Highs of 65, lows in the 40s — my kind of weather. Look how lush their backyard is! … Continue reading “With Love, From Mr. Bee: Postcards from England”
The day the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer arrives in my mailbox, it’s like when I was little and the postman delivered the Sears catalog! The flyer is packed with all the great stuff Trader Joe’s is offering for the season. I go through each page putting a circle around things I am interested in trying. Mrs. Twist’s Tip: Trader Joe’s can be overwhelming if you are not a frequent shopper. The first few times I visited TJ’s when they opened, I always found a Crew Member to help me by asking for their input and recommendations. Everything in TJs is taste-tasted by employees so they know if it’s good. I still ask for help when I am looking for new features in the flyers. It saves me time because they are familiar with where items are in the store. And, it’s not uncommon for me to drop in and say, “what should I … Continue reading “Trader Joe’s: What’s Buzzworthy?”
I love accessories and the way they complete an outfit. So, two trends I want to talk about this week are “bag matching” and “arm parties!” Two things you need to know about these trends: Handbag and shoe matching has been around forever… …and layering your rings and bracelets is an art within itself! Let’s get started and talk about these two trends and how to work them into your wardrobe. Here is what I found from my Pinterest research. The bag matching trend is one of the hottest trends that was on every runway at Fashion Week. I think it’s easily one of the trends from the runway that’s going to make it into everybody’s wardrobes for spring and summer. If you want to go all out on matching your bag with your outfit, think about a monochromatic look. You can do this by pairing up colors from … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Arm Party!”
Have you signed up for Mrs. Twist Reads This summer book club? You can read all about it and sign up here. The best part if you are local to Fort Worth you can join me for a “Books and Bites” party on Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. (be sure to RSVP on our book club page here). If you have started the book Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, you might have noticed there are alot of characters to keep straight. I made myself a tip sheet to keep everyone straight. But as promised by most of the reviews out there on the book, once you get all the players identified, the book is easier to read and the good stuff starts happening. So, stick with it!
This week Mr. Bee and I celebrated 20 years of bliss. I thought it might be fun for you to know the story of how we met. It’s my version and someday soon I will let Mr. Bee give you his. I was newly divorced and relocated back to my hometown of Fort Worth. It was the summer and I offered to help my sister set up her classroom for the first day of school. I met all her friends for lunch, in particular her friend Mandy, which will be the critical part of the story here. Summer went, and fall arrived. Around October Mr. Bee was helping a friend work on his car (he’s very handy like that) and mentioned that his access to females suitable for dating was pretty slim, did his wife Mandy know of anyone? Mandy asks Sister Bee if I would be interested in meeting her … Continue reading “Courting Mrs. Twist and 20 Years Later”
Oh, my! The spring and summer trends have been in all the fashion magazines since January! So here’s the deal with fashion trends….they come and go, and it’s up to you to pick the one that suits you the most. Have you ever read an article in a fashion magazine informing readers on what trends are out and secretly thought to yourself you never knew they were in? Two things you need to know about me: I do love the beginning of a new fashion season and all the new trends… …but I only choose a few to see what trends suit my taste and style. Let’s talk about florals first. Of course florals have been around forever, but last year they made a huge comeback. Remember when you only wore florals in spring and summer? They are now considered a fall and winter fashion staple and were seen … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Florals, Ruffles and Pleats Oh, My!”
Every summer, my mother would have me write down my “Summer Bucket List” — a list of things I wanted to do that, to me, screamed summer. Among things like go to the pool, travel to Red River, New Mexico, and Galveston beach, checking out books at the library was always on the list. I love the smell of libraries and how quiet they are. Summer is the perfect time to pick out those “beach reads” — you know the book you just can’t put down? Years ago, for me, that was the DaVinci Code. I took it with me when we traveled to England to visit Mr. Bee’s family. I couldn’t put it down. It was the perfect airplane read. Today, announces the release of Into the Water the newest book from New York Times best selling author Paula Hawkins From the same author that brought us The Girl on the … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: Summer BookClub”
From Lifeway Women here is this month’s HomeLife Family Calendar. May is such a busy month. I think even busier than December, but in a different way. Our children are finishing school, preparing to graduate and start new adventures away at college, taking tests, cleaning out desks and dorm rooms. We are planning year-end parties, putting together teacher gifts, and making sure kids stay on track with assignments and projects. Creating family time this month will be especially important to keep everyone centered, grounded and comforted with the knowledge that God always provides. Print a copy and put on the fridge as a reminder that God delights in spending time with you each day.
Webster’s definition for dapper is: Neat and trim in appearance and very spruce and stylish. Spruce kind of sounds like a tree…don’t ya think? So, I decided to go with the Urban Dictionary’s definition: A compliment made to someone who looks incredibly smart, sexy and stylish. So two things you need to know about women: #1. You had us at “incredibly smart”… #2. …and top that off with sexy and stylish, and we’re all in! Here’s the deal guys…style/sprucing may not be your thing but for us, it’s everything. So, let’s get started by talking about the typical dapper look…”Suits, Vests, and Ties!” Remember the days of the 3-piece suit in the 70’s and 80’s? Today’s 3-piece suit has a different look, and the vest does not necessarily match the suit. A sweater vest under a suit jacket not only adds another texture but serves the purpose of keeping you … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Dapper Edition”