Not bitter-…


The last day of school found me out the door in record time. I know I will regret it when I unpack in August, but I am thrilled to be done for the year.

As I was getting ready to pack my little sign (read about it here), I thought I’d take a photo and send it home to families.


By the time the bell rang to signal the end of the half-day, 99% of the students were crying as usual, even some of the toughest to crack usually break down.

Now that I am officially on summer break I am hoping to: Read some books, clean out my sewing room, garden, write and most of all relax.

I almost forgot, I may join a club…mostly because I like the name:

running team

Happy summer!



  1. Katie Clooney says:

    I left you a comment on my ipad but it didn’t work. Shocker! Hope you read lots of great books – I’m looking forward to recommendations. So sorry I’m going to miss you. If anything changes let me know. Put your feet up and grab a glass of vino.

  2. Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. says:

    What a fascinating life story! The orphanage part is puzzling to us in this day and age, but I’m sure it was a common path at that time. What a beautiful story of forgiveness that your Dad visited his step-mother with no anger or resentment. The generation before us was indeed brave in many ways.

    • Beemie says:

      My Dad never spoke of anger or resentment to me, but he did allude to it a few times in letters to my mother during WWII. Most of all he spoke of righting wrongs by having a family to love of his own…he did indeed accomplish that for us.

  3. Nana Diana says:

    What a wonderful testimony to your father’s legacy and his life—and that he was able to be the good father he was in spite of how he was raised. I think it is awful that when his dad remarried that those children were not brought home. What a heart-wrenching thing for the father and for those kids. Can you imagine?!!!

    Those are all wonderful pictures and I read your story with fascination. It is wonderful you have that history. I lost my dad when I was 21 and so much of his history died with him. You are blessed to have had your Dad so long. xo Diana

    • Beemie says:

      He was a great Dad and man…I feel very fortunate that he was my Dad. Yes you were quite young when you lost your Dad…after some of my siblings read this we began wondering about many unanswered questions that we were too busy to ask when he was alive…we are trying to piece some of these unanswered questions together …the courting letters my parents wrote during WWII are filling some of the gaps.

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