Category Archives: Family

A puppy tail – Was it divine intervention that brought us joy?

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles Shultz Last summer, our family was heartbroken over the unexpected loss of our beloved dog, Jack. For eleven years, the dog we rescued when he was just two-years-old filled our home with unconditional … Continue reading

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To Sharon, with love, on World Down Syndrome Day #WDSD18

Sharon, if I had some crazy socks, I’d wear them. I promise you, I’ll find some to silly socks to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. Back in 1970, when my youngest sister was born, the term used to describe her … Continue reading

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Return to Disney – A Midlife travel journal entry

“We’re going to Disney!” Yeah – I said that. Via text. It was an extended weekend, whirlwind-trip, that started with my youngest daughter. She researched for some military discounts we qualified for, and I started making calls and reservations. Hotel … Continue reading

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Where were the parents?

   “Where were the parents?” is a question that I have read and heard countless times, especially since the victims of Dr. Nassar, the former US Gymnastics team doctor, have taken the stand to face their attacker. The video of … Continue reading

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When Turkeys Fly – Thanksgiving Disasters

It’s hard to believe another year is drawing to a close. And of course, this is the time of year we are most sentimental with memories of holidays past, like when turkeys fly. The past few days, I have to … Continue reading

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When your dog dies

When your dog dies… “I could give you some medication for him. It would alleviate some of the pain, but…” I knew when I hugged him that it would be for the last time. Cradled in my oldest son’s arms, … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Eve Eve – the longest day of the year!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve – the longest day of the year – especially if you are a parent! It’s December 23, and if you are a parent, today is – without a doubt – the longest day of the year. I … Continue reading

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Autumn, Grief and Season of Change

Life is a season of change… This morning I had the privilege of watching my granddaughters before school started. It was a “late start day,” which used to cause me some angst in the mornings. I know it messes up … Continue reading

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Good Memories and a Smile

“Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.” Author Unknown Looking out the kitchen window, I watched my two granddaughters playing basketball with their uncles – my sons. It wasn’t too long ago that I’d watch my boys out that … Continue reading

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I would have told her

It has been almost a year since our youngest child graduated from high school. One year of college down – where did that time go? Prom pictures and senior photos are starting to pop up on social media, and it’s … Continue reading

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