Birthday Cake


For today’s post I gathered all the pictures we have of my childhood birthday cakes. We always had a birthday cake, but we rarely had a party, and we didn’t have a camera for a lot of years… which is why there aren’t very many pictures. I am told we…

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Counting 1000 Gifts – Part 3


This is the time of year when many of us take time to count our blessings… or at least try to name a few of them. I took on the Joy Dare challenge a few weeks ago, and while I have no problem noticing the small (and large) things I’m…

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Currently Reading


Currently Reading: All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse Song of the Road (Route 66 Series) by Dorothy Garlock Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel Currently Listening To: Inescapable (Road to Kingdom Book #1) by Nancy Mehl Recently Read: Orchard…

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Purse Essentials and Organization


Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife #CollectiveBias #shop #adI carry a big purse. A heavy, big purse. It’s more like a purse/brief case/tote bag combined. The thing is, I’m often out of the house for a whole…

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Our Visit to the Grand Canyon


So… you remember how back in the 1950s Great-aunt Thelma would invite all the neighbors over to look at the hundreds of slides that she had taken on her trip to the Grand Canyon? Yeah, me neither. I did have a Great-aunt Thelma. And she did take slide pictures on…

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Guest Post: The USO


My guest today is my friend Michael Ann Rentz who is a career Air Force wife and USO volunteer. Earlier this year she was telling me about her experience with the USO so I asked her to write a little piece for Veteran’s Day. She doesn’t yet have a blog…

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Road Trip Tallies and Stats

We are back from our anniversary road trip. We had a lovely low-key time. Four days just wasn’t long enough. We traveled southwest from here (Denver) through the mountains down into Arizona. We visited the Grand Canyon and then came home a different route through the mountains. It’s what you call…

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Come, Follow Along

Every year we like to do something special to celebrate our anniversary. Whenever possible, we try to go away for at least the weekend. That doesn’t always work out, due to time constraints or finances. One year, when our children were small, our anniversary celebration consisted of going to McDonald’s.…

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November Daybook


Outside my window the sun is filtering through the trees. While I don’t enjoy it getting dark earlier in the evening, having it get light earlier in the morning is nice. I am thinking about our Thanksgiving menu. My parents are coming for Thanksgiving this year. For the first time ever. Dad…

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Our 30th Anniversary


On this day 30 years ago I married my best friend. How could 30 years possibly go by so fast? It seems like it’s been just about as fast as the time it took you to glance at the pictures taken every 10 years! As I was trying to decide…

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