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A Family Affair

They came from near and far to celebrate a wonderful member of the community.  In anticipation of a truly great event, family, friends, and neighbors started their travels early in the morning to arrive in time for the “big surprise.”  It wasn’t a birthday, holiday or...

One Big Happy Family

I have to say I am part of one big happy (for the most part) family.  Sometimes I don’t know what to do with them, and sometimes I don’t know how to love them, but we always laugh (at ourselves and each other), cry when hurt, fuss and sputter.  I have no...

Friends Forever

  This is dedicated to the dearest friend anyone could hope for.   It’s hard for someone my age to grasp new concepts – it takes longer and takes a lot more effort.  I don’t understand Instagram at all, but I really like to text (whatever can save me time).  When...

Back to School

I messed up.  This week when I heard school was ready to start, I was shocked.  “School doesn’t start until after Labor Day,” I thought to myself.  Well, where have I been for the last umpteen gillion years … school has started in August for at least the last quarter...

It’s A Dog’s Life

Isn’t it funny how we envision our life when we are young?  I envisioned suburbia, sleek foreign convertible, jet-setting to vacation spots.  In reality I live on a farm, lots of land, sprinkled with cows, geese, and two Great Pyrenees puppies (mini-horses) – Scooter...

Tiny Packages

In the time it takes for you to read this post, there is a woman anxiously awaiting confirmation of what she’s suspected for months.  She announces the news to her spouse, whose eyes open wide with amazement, followed closely with laughter and tears, followed by...

One Person’s Impact

I awoke yesterday morning to learn of the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, age 99.  Over the past several years, as he grew older and frailer, it was evident that his time on earth was drawing near to death’s doorstep.  I grew up listening to his sermons and attending...

Remembering Jack

The start of deer season in November 1975 brought crisp temperatures, amazingly brilliant fall foliage, and the brightest blue sky you could have imagined.  Early Saturday morning I picked up the phone to hear my sister-in-law’s parents hesitatingly and emotionally...

No Greater Love

I can’t count the number of speeches, lectures, and sermons I’ve heard in my life.  If I had to put a number to it I’d guess about a million (well, maybe not that many; math has never been my strong suit).  I tune out the first half of all of speakers and tune back in...

Feeling the Loss

This past week, to put it bluntly, has been a heavy emotional toll for me.  I have suffered a loss not once, but three times.  First, my father-in-law (my “dad” when my own passed) went home to Glory surrounded by our large family.  We cried, laughed and reminisced to...

The Perfect Gift

There is great fulfillment for a parent to be able to give gifts that are most wanted by their children (within reason).  I remember times waiting in long lines at the toy store for the latest and greatest model of Transformer, driving hundreds of miles in the wee...

In a Split Second

The world is still reeling from the acts of terror perpetrated on hundreds of innocent victims in Paris this past Friday.  Six attacks, coordinated within minutes of each other, left a city and nation in shock and the world in mourning.  One moment people...