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Bappy Hirthday Ari! (borrowed from Conner)

June 26, 1990, at 6:06 am, our lives changed forever in wonderful ways! July 29, 2017, at 4:00 pm, our lives will change forever in wonderful ways. Happiest of birthdays today Ariana! Because of you our lives are enriched in … Continue reading

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On the life of Alli~

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLI! I remember the day you were born like it was yesterday, even though it was 28 years ago. Truly one of the best days of my life – the day I became a Mom. You started me … Continue reading

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On daughters & birthday celebrations

Still relishing the memories from an all too quick weekend.  Ariana came home this weekend with her boyfriend Conner. They left their crazy schedules and tiny apartments to   come to Virginia and put all that International Culinary Center expertise … Continue reading

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On grieving and bearing one another’s burdens

“Come. Bring your gifts of memories, your arms with chocolates and your presence. Leave the words behind and just come. I’ll hear what you mean, not what you say.” Yesterday my heart was heavy the entire day. You see, there’s … Continue reading

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On desiring mercy and not sacrifice~

I have been on a spiritual journey of sorts most of my life. It has really intensified over the past 13 or so years, but especially the past 6 years. The intensity started over a short conversation with my daughter … Continue reading

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On making someone’s grief be easier~

A dear friend shared this article with me today. She is in my opinion, a reluctant self-made expert on grief & grieving; what to do as a friend of one grieving, and what not to do. She will quietly celebrate her … Continue reading

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Happy 23rd Birthday Ari!

You know those times life seems to whizz by at warp speed??  Today is one of those.  How is it that we are old enough to have children in their 20’s??  Well, today is the 23rd birthday for our ‘middle’ … Continue reading

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Care for Suicide Survivors

Since I posted this Absolutely clueless when someone’s grieving? a couple of days ago I’ve read countless articles and blogs on suicide, mental illness, the effects on survivors and so on.  One thing that has resonated with me is the importance, … Continue reading

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Absolutely clueless when someone’s grieving?

There is so much being said surrounding the loss of Rick and Kay Warren’s son to suicide.  Some have expressed such compassion.  Other’s have expressed literal hate and everything in-between.  It is unbearable pain, we know that tangentially.  For anything … Continue reading

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My Seester!

My little sister Pamela came by this week while her little kiddos were on spring break. She now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan after many years living abroad in Asia, and Arizona 🙂   She drove with 3 kids 9 and … Continue reading

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