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    Hi, Hello, How are You?

    Isn’t it funny (funny or weird) how time flies with living?  With fun, full days.  Life worth living and living well.  So it is and has been for me. 

    Let’s see…a new daughter-in-law, one son and wife moving close, a light-of-our-lives grandson (with another on the way!), nieces and nephews in college and then graduated, another son becoming a PhD next month.  Marriages, births, renewals, and joys as a companion bookend with deaths, partings, and losses.  Life and love - joy and sorrow.  Photographs and keepsakes which fill me (and us) with stories and memories.

    Here we are again and I have so much to say and to share.  The writing and cataloging and research and word-capturing have continued, on and on, so there is no shortage of fodder for this journalistic beast.

    Stay tuned.


    You are in for a treat

    ♪ ♪  Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Haaaa-py An-ni-ver-sa-ry ♫ ♫

    I am taking the week off to rest, relax, and recreate with my honey!  It’s our anniversary week and a milestone anniversary, at that.  Thirty years of wedded bliss.  As I told my family in an email, “Thirty years…it doesn’t seem like 30 years have gone by…we are happy.  And blessed.  And would do it all over again (without the mistakes from the first time around ).”

    Here is where the treat for you comes in…Guest Authors.  I have solicited articles from our kids and our nieces and nephews - on each of the journal pages.  Young adults, all, and gifted, clever, men and women (gushing, just a little).  College graduates (with one in doctoral studies), college students, professionals, high school students.  They will write about what they know, about their passions and interests.  Insights from the younger generations are good for all of us.

    So, Happy Anniversary!

    Enjoy the reading and leave them a comment.  Or two.


    Good Morning!

    It is beautiful here - warmer temperatures, no rain, and cooler evening breezes.  Grandma has been moved to the Hospice wing of her nursing home and is about the same.  She is really neither awake nor aware, most of the time, but there are a few lucid moments.  She is comfortable, pain-free, and family is with her almost around the clock.

    I have been thinking about hot weather, being outside, and care for our skin and hair.  I’ve also had ideas for journal entries on sunscreen, and after-sun care.  Natural, of course.  Summer activities with the kiddos, inexpensive vacation ideas, and more on gardening.  Being with grandma brings to mind family stories, as I’ve had the privilege of transcribing her journal.  So, posts on legacy and history are also bouncing around in my head.

    We travel to Tennessee this weekend for our daughter-in-law’s college graduation.  We are very proud of her and it should be a great trip!  GB checked out the I-40 driving conditions since Memphis and areas in western Arkansas are flooding.  There are a few closed roads and some detours, but I-40 eastbound is now open.  The bridge over the Mighty Mississip’ is one, high, scary drive - if you are fearful of bridge driving.  My sister and I always say that you should roll down your windows when you drive on a bridge over a river.  Just in case you fall in and have to get out of your car quickly.  The rest of the family disagrees, but it’s always on my mind.  I even dreamed about going off a bridge in my car, and my sister was with me (along with each of our youngest sons), but we floated down to the river (which was full of alligators) instead of plummeting like a rocket.  We landed with a soft bump, half in, and half out of the water.  Our car windows were down (being smart and prepared for such eventualities), so we were able to avoid the alligators.  Whew!

    Our niece’s college graduation is Saturday as well, and that will take place in Texas.  My sister’s middle child.  This year, for us, will be one of many milestones.  It’s harder than I imagined seeing my nieces and nephews grow and mature - they are becoming fine young men and women.  It is bittersweet when your children step out onto their own life’s path, and step a little away from you.  Rightly so.  We pray that they will remember their roots, make good decisions, and “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4).

    My brain is in high gear since it has been a few days without writing on this site.  Hence, the mish-mash of thoughts.  I do miss it when more than one day goes by without posting something.  Enjoy today’s articles (all pages have something new) and thanks for being part of this journey.



    Done and Done

    Realization, fruition, excitement, a little apprehension. The many months of planning and preparation, even frustration, have finally paid off. Yes, we can all learn to use frustration in positive ways.

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