God Done Shed His Grace, Now Pass The Potato Salad!

People, this is ‘Merica. And after an extensive Google search I stand disappointed. Image

Let me catch you up… A group of about 8-10 of my friends were planning to celebrate our nation’s independence soaking up the rays and sailing the high seas of Lake Lanier here in North Georgia. Unfortunately, our boat plans fell through last night. ugh.

This morning, I had a spring in my step, couldn’t let nautical disappointment drag me down. Of course, my roommates were still sleeping when I woke up, so I spent the first two hours of my holiday waiting around like a kid on Christmas morning. Come on, people….how much longer can you sleep????

When they awoke from their slumber, I greeted them with patriotic devotion and ecstasy. And that means I made them listen to songs like the National Anthem, Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA, and, my favorite, Ray Charles’ rendition of America the Beautiful while I tried to keep myself from dancing around the apartment waving an imaginary flag.

A great way to salute our great nation, no?

We’re having a cookout tonight followed by fireworks. That’s a check check for American spirit. But we were trying to think of other American things to do to commemorate this special day. Clearly, I asked the all-knowing Google.

Shoot man. I came out with nada. There are tons of lists like “Top 10 Things to do in New York on July 4th” or “How To Keep God in our Government”… great. What can I do today, not in NYC or on Capitol Hill?

So, I decided to make my own list for all of you out there sharing in my frustration.

Things every American should do on the Fourth of July:

  1. Go to a parade- a real one where they ride horses, throw those peanut butter candies, and sound a cannon and the beginning and end of it. Consider prairie skirts as an added bonus.
  2. Sing patriotic songs at the top of your lungs (see playlist above). Ya know, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear? Well that’s how I feel about Independence Day, too.
  3. Eat fried food.Image
  4. Wear an obnoxious amount of red, white, and blue. Bonus points if it’s in denim form. I’m going to get some temporary tattoos of American flags, stars, and bald eagles as soon as I finish writing this blog. Seriously.
  5. Drink beer. American beer. None of that Dutch stuff today.
  6. Be in the sunshine (preferably near the water). What better souvenir from your holiday fun than showing off your lobster-colored sunburn to your co-workers tomorrow.
  7. Change your Facebook profile picture to some political/religious statement with those really professional-looking patriotic graphics. When’s a better time to convert all those liberal heathens than on July 4th? I think you get an extra jewel in your crown for that.
  8. Sparklers. Duh.
  9. Watch fireworks with people you love. I reeeeaaaallllyy love fireworks. I ooh and ahhh and declare each one as my favorite only to be blown away by the next one bursting against the night sky. I get a little emotional at this part of the day. I blame Chris Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman.
  10. Everywhere you go today repeat this over and over: ‘Merica. Gets em every time.

Now go, celebrate! Eat, drink, and be merry! Thank God he done shed his grace on us and thanks to all who made America’s freedom a reality!

Dear Mom

Dear Mama/Momo/Madre/MamaLynn/Mam/Ma,

In my 20-some-odd years life of life, I’ve learned a thing or two by watching, talking, and doing life with you.

Do you remember the time as a child I stood at the top of the stairs in Warrenton, hands on my hips with my sassy brows raised to you?

“Mother, you have choice…” I huffed, doing my best to sound bossy despite my lisp.

Yep, I’d been watching you.

And despite this incident and a zillion others, you’ve always hugged, squeezed and loved the mess out of me.

Thanks to you…

I find myself doing things like:

  • crying when I laugh really hard
  • justifying why I’ve saved something because surely I’ll need it later
  • craving Mexican food no matter how many times I’ve consumed it in the past week
  • adding cilantro, lime and garlic to everything I cook

I say things like:

  • poop or get off the pot
  • it ain’t gonna get no greener
  • I am literally in a panic! (ok, I’ve never said that, but had to throw it in)

I’ll of course always love (alongside you):

  • model home tours
  • pedicures
  • Rocky mountain getaways
  • Mama’s cafe

I’ve also learned:

  • “this, too, shall pass”
  • to see the good in everyone and everything
  • you’re never too old for fun
  • treasure the moment
  • love is worth the risk

Being the woman of many quirks I am, I owe so much to you. We are quite a pair, so different and yet just alike all at the same time.

No matter how much time or distance stands between us, I’ve never gone a day without your love- knowing, feeling, believing in its depth and breadth.

You are a woman chasing after the heart of God. You are my prayer warrior.

I love you, look up to you and believe in you- the way you’ve always believed in me, no matter how big my dreams get to be.


Con mucho cariño,

your Kumquat May

And a special thanks to the woman who raised my mom,- the woman she watched and learned  all things motherhood from…the woman whose name I proudly bear! To my GRANDmother, Grandmama, I love you!

Happy Mother’s Day!


I had intended to write both witty and thought-provoking material for y’all today, especially considering this marks my first official post on my new blog site.

However, I am too busy observing Cinco de Mayo to do such a thing. So I leave you with this, enjoy.

Have a Mexcellent day! Ole!