Archive for the Family Category

A special anniversary

This past week, my sweet husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. This is pretty amazing considering I’m only 39…… (insert giggle here.) We had planned to take a driving trip to the Grand Canyon and Sedona, AZ for a long weekend to celebrate. But a

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California living

Before we moved to California, my husband used to tell me, “you can swim at the beach in the morning and ski in the mountains in the evening.” Of course I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around this concept. Until now. And now that we’ve completed our

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A special weekend, travel, and more

The birthday  Wow! The past couple of weeks have flown by! I can’t believe we’re already in mid-September with the fall season fast approaching. Since I blogged last time, I celebrated a quiet but lovely birthday with my sweetheart who treated me to a fabulous dinner out

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World’s Greatest Cat

It is with such sorrow and many tears we, as a family, said goodbye to our beloved Tuffy this past Friday. Without a doubt, he was the world’s greatest cat.  We adopted him from a high kill shelter in Dayton, Ohio in early 2005. He had been

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Moving ahead

So much has happened in the past four weeks my head is spinning! But God is great and we’re right where we’re supposed to be. After five months of waiting for interest from potential buyers, we received an offer on our Virginia home and closed the sale

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Unplugged and plugging in

Huh?  First, getting unplugged If you’ve been reading this blog, you may remember a few weeks before Christmas I was feeling a little lost, lonely, and out of sorts. The transition from our permanent home in Virginia to the West Coast was wearing me down and I felt

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Diddle, diddle dumplings

With the rain and wind howling, the boys and I were craving some good old fashioned comfort food. My Dad’s favorite dish was my Mom’s homemade dumplings. My Mom had tried to teach me how to make them and I had watched her a hundred times over

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A cup of lonely

Christmas is a week away. Most everyone is caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations. On television or my social media feed, I am bombarded with images of people smiling, laughing, and everyone is happy and joyful as they are surrounded by friends and

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Time to savor

Last year my teaching and travel schedule had me running right up until the end of the year. This year, I planned some much needed “down time” following the marathon of teaching at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in late October/early November. With our partial transition

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