I'd Be Pleased To Meet Me
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5d ago
Have you heard the new song that Mindy Gledhill just released?  It had me in tears. TEARS!!   It's called Pleased to Meet Me and is about reflecting on our younger selves with more grace, love, and acceptance.  I love that Mindy wrote the song from her life experiences  and how it touched me in entirely different ways. That's the power of a really good storyteller/songwriter. This song is such a good representation of me and my past,  especially after the accident when I hated almost every aspect of my "new life" that was so rudely taken away from me. But ..read more
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Welcome Summer Break!
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5d ago
Today marked the first day of SUMMER BREAK!   First things first: organize and clean out my outdoor drink refrigerator. That job was incredibly satisfying, but even better was admiring all the colorful cans and drinks. So many delicious kinds to choose from. Why does this type of stuff make me so happy? PS...is anyone else having a hard time getting their hands on the new coconut Dr. Pepper? WHYYYYYYYYYY??? Sunday played around the back porch, and of course, I took a few photos of her. Later, Jane and I had a meal-planning session on the porch.  Jane painted her nails while ..read more
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Humble And Fearless
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6d ago
 Christian and I both spoke in church this morning. Our topic was humility. I thought of my brother, Topher, who passed away four years ago on June 5th.  I've been reading his memoir that he and my cousin, Jayne, compiled in the last few years of his life and as his health declined.   This book is one of the greatest treasures I own. It's wonderful to remember his life, thoughts, experiences, and funny stories.  He was SO FUNNY! He shares a story about his experience playing Paul in the church's New Testament Bible videos. Topher's final role before his passing away ..read more
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Last Day Of 6th Grade!
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6d ago
 Today was the last day Lottie will be a 6th grader! Wow.  Doesn't it seem like I was setting up the Back to School Feast just a few weeks ago  and taking her first day of school pic? Now it's over! Since August, 2023,  She's cut her hair and has grown about 5 inches. She definitely looks like a middle-schooler! Welcome summer, Lottie! You did such a good job this year, and just like our family theme, you gained SO MUCH CONFIDENCE! You are strong, opinionated, calm, kind, and determined! We celebrated by eating out at our favorite joint. Another congratulations to Gigs ..read more
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Copperhead Conversation
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6d ago
  This afternoon, while mowing the lawn  (my favorite pastime, might I add), I stopped the mower to check  my phone and happened to look down and see a  GIANT COPPERHEAD SLITHERING UNDER MY WHEEL!  I almost had a heart attack,  so I called my snake-loving child, Gigs, who, luckily, was home. Gigs: "Hey, Mom, what's up." Me: "I am looking at a copperhead, come out!" Gigs: "Mom, I doubt that." Me: "No, son, seriously." Gigs: "What does it look like?" Me: "It kind of looks like Candace." Gigs: "I'll be right out." Gigs came out and determined that it was, in ..read more
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Thursday's With K
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6d ago
  This evening, Christian and I went to the 5th grade promotion of my cute friend, K. K and I have been spending time together every Thursday at school. Since May, we've been talking about this much-anticipated day. She's been sharing her excitement about her beautiful blue dress,  sparkling shoes, getting her nails done with her sister,  and the delicious Mexican food her mom will prepare after the ceremony. Her 5th-grade class sang "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. I couldn't hold back my tears. "The struggles I'm facing The chances I'm taking Sometimes might knock me down, but ..read more
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Carmel
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6d ago
I found this photo of my nephew, Layton, and me in 1992.  I was 10. When I was 10, a stray cat unexpectedly entered my life.  She had a beautiful orange fur coat that reminds me of my kitty, Sunday. I named her Carmel.  I'd sneak cat food from my cousin's backyard for their own  beautiful Siamese cat, Pepsi.  To this day, I'm not sure if they ever discovered my secret raids.  I also used my mom's old Marie Calendar  pie tins to serve Carmel's stolen food and warm microwaved  2% milk in. I even prepared a cozy spot for her outside by  laying down a ..read more
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One Season At A Time
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6d ago
 Today marks the last week of school!  Yippeeeee! This is essentially Gigs' last summer. Next summer, he'll be preparing for his mission, and OLLIE WILL BE HOME! Today, Gigs left early for school to begin finals. It's going to be a busy week for that rising senior! Good luck, Gigs! I spent the whole day working in the garden while Sunday frolicked  around the shed, and in and out of the garden. At one point, she caught a young mole and then took a nap on my gardening gloves. I planted my Mother's Day zinnias, dahlia's poppies, and a variety of colorful yarrow. I am super e ..read more
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An Egg Is Quiet
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6d ago
Last week, thirteen adorable baby chicks hatched  and joined the world!  Welcome, little ones! We incubated the eggs, and as planned,  they hatched exactly 21 days later! Years ago, Elder Pace, the general Sunday School President made some thoughts on chicks that really resonated with me, especially since raising chicks with my children. President Pace said he has raised many chickens in his life.  He said he still enjoys watching the miracle of baby  chicks hatching from their eggs. He explained that the chicks have to crack the shell  and hatch on their ..read more
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Last Dance
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6d ago
Tonight, I took Lottie to the park across from school for her end-of-year school dance.  She dressed up, but not too much, wearing Vans and socks with her dress. Jane did her makeup and put cute green glitter over her eyelids. I watched as Lottie and her friend, M, met up with other 6th graders and then they blissfully walked across the street to the school for the dance. She is so adorable and so confident! I love that so much about her! Just as I was leaving, a limo, complete with a chauffeur and a red carpet.  pulled up, and I watched  as ten 8th-grade boys in suits show ..read more
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