I hope to remember this when I need it!
Gretchen Rubin is one of my favorite authors, and she has a
podcast that she does each week with her sister, that I never miss.
This little 4 minute excerpt from just this past week, could be SO
helpful in some situations when you are stuck and it appears
there is no solution.
Don't miss the example Gretchen uses in her own life at 2:43.
On a similar note, here's another one from a close friend of mine. She will say this to her Dr if he
doesn't have the solution to a medical dilemma:
"Can you direct me to someone who would
have the answers to my questions?"
Saturday, November 18, 2017
I hope to remember this when I need it!
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
It's hard being so far away when our kids are going through tough things.
Very early yesterday morning in Massachusetts, McKay and
McKenna took Grant to Shriners' hospital for his long awaited
surgery to help correct his club feet.
I hung by my phone all day waiting for pictures and they have sent
Thank you Kelly! (McKenna's mom who is there with them thank goodness)
Some before surgery pictures...
Monday, November 13, 2017
This wedding video is so well done!
My niece McKenzie made this from her sister Lauren's wedding in
Ohio last summer.
McKenzie is only 18, but seriously, this looks like a professional
job. Some just have that kind of talent.
I love watching my sister Robin and Dave dance....
Sunday, November 12, 2017
through the left breast while fighting the Civil War in
Tennessee in 1863 as a volunteer
when he was 21 years old.
his left side and lodged within the thorax.
discharged with 1/2 disability.
the daughter of Dr. Ezekiel Cooper Chew.
Chew was helping treat Luman's wounds, and that is
how he met Dr. Chew's daughter Mary.
gunshot wound so close to his heart,
My nieces and nephews and their children
would not be here.
The list goes on and on.
bullet, and which way it landed.
I know our Father in Heaven is in charge.
The older I get the less I believe in
chance and coincidences.
Luman LeMaster for his service. I will also thank him
for fighting to stay alive.
We owe our lives and happiness
in many ways to our Veterans.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017
So while waiting for the Trick or Treaters to begin knocking at our
door, I sat on the couch by Den and told him about this song I had
heard for the first time earlier in the day.
Usually, he does not like my music, and I don't much care for his.
But I said, "Maybe this one will be different for you."
It sounds so sweet. And sort of 1950s style.
I told him that if I had any single sons left, I would give this song to
him so he could play it for his true love after he finds her.
But my daughters in law have all been found and loved, and they
have their own songs. Besides, moms don't choose these songs.
So instead I played it for Dennis through iTunes.
Then he wanted the lyrics, and sang it to me.
I never knew Halloween to be so romantic.
It's all about the moments, right?
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Our little Grands, and their costumes from last night!
And back to one of the hippies...
Just ask your Uncle Richard.
From my journal in 1970 when I was 16.
This excerpt written the night after Richard
graduated from high school:
all the time he was walking up to get his diploma. He's very
immature, if you ask me."
After I read all of my 1970 journal, it went in the shredder.
(I thought it would get better with age, it didn't)
Nothing earth shaking, but we liked it.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
When Emily called us a few weeks ago and said she had some
news, we thought she was engaged!
Nope, not that.
She told us she decided to serve a mission!
When we asked her where she wanted to go she said ANYWHERE.
Then Friday night, thanks to FaceTime, we got to watch her open
the big white envelope!
Her Mom, Kim, and her Aunt Kris, were in Texas at a quitting convention which I know was SO hard on them not to be there....but they didn't want her to wait the 4 days for their return.
Friday, October 20, 2017
(in no particular order)
2. I guess Den and I stayed a bit long recently while we were at
Dad and Susan's. We got to see their nightly ritual of massaging
each other's feet.
and then had to wear a monitor for 30 days....plus have an EEG.
Cindy and Katie who lived in the same cul-de-sac with us.
including one we would have never known about.)
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
There was this moment in time yesterday, that I’m still thinking
I was at Kaiser pharmacy ready to pick up my prescription. The
entire pharmacy was busy and I could hear quiet chattering all
around the room. Each line had several people waiting. Things
were moving quickly though. Perhaps this was just a typical busy
Soon I notice what looked like a young mom come in with her little
daughter who I’m guessing was about 6 or 7 years old. I noticed
them because the daughter was in front of her and the mom had her
arms wrapped tightly around her…both facing forward, and
walking in this way.
This cute little girl with blonde pigtails was making continual
screams and screeching and crying sounds. Horrible, sad, and loud
All the while the mom was smiling as they both made their way to
the very front of the line where a pharmacist was waiting to give
her their prescription. No waiting in line like the rest of us.
The mom never took her tight body hold off her daughter. And the
daughter made no effort at all to escape that embrace. Clearly this
was not the reason for her crying.
I sensed this mom had special permission because of their
circumstances to be served as soon as they entered the pharmacy
I also sensed the mom was smiling as if to say to all of us in that
room, “Please forgive us for making so much noise and for cutting
in the line. This is our life and we’re doing the best we can.”
All the other customers in that room seemed now to be quiet. I
think just about all eyes were on this mom and her daughter. I
wasn’t sure at first what that meant. Were they annoyed by them?
The little girl continued to wail and screech and cry. The Mom
continued to smile. I probably was not the only one with tears in
my eyes….thinking of this courageous mom and the suffering they
undoubtedly go through every day.
The little girl, I’m guessing, has autism.
I thought of all the many many families who go through similar
situations every single day.
I was hoping the quiet in the room was respect towards this Mom,
although I wasn’t sure. I was a little afraid someone might say
something mean to her.
I continued to be in awe by the Mom. I could not get over that
smile on the her face through all of this.
After the mom got the meds, I watched as she turned around and
headed towards the door. I felt this huge need to go up to her and
tell her what a great mom she was.
But several others did this for me.
I watched someone give her a thumbs up. I heard someone else in
the small crowd say to them, “God bless you.” and I heard another
customer say, “You are such a good mom! Bless you!”
I’m certain this is NOT the reaction this struggling Mom always
gets. I’m sure she has received many less than loving reactions.
Several hours later it was time for my bookclub with the
neighborhood ladies. Our discussion ventured into Christianity and
how “many people are turning away from God these days.”
I thought back to earlier in the day and the goodness I got to see. I
couldn’t help but think….whether they believe in Christ or not,
does not change the fact that we are all made in His image.
All the goodness in this world, comes from Him.