The Waiting

Our family is in that difficult time that all cancer patients and their loved ones get to experience–the waiting. We are grateful that at least Dan is feeling good right now. But, the waiting is hard....more

Kudos to the Writer of the Terrible Poem

My brother read a terrible poem during our weekly prayer call.  My other brother (we conference together each week) and I listened and were touched.  Brother 1 hadn’t written the poem.  He found it on the Internet.  It was awful, terribly crafted and schmaltzy - ridiculous.  Still, somehow when he read it, he conjured up so many memories of Mom.  I felt as if I had holograph of her in front of me.  The memories were lively and vivid. ...more

Snapshots of my life... but not exactly like the writing prompts 5/1/16

Since we went to church on Saturday night we had a whole Sunday to ourselves.  We sat on the couch for part of it and did Chapter 4 in our couples book.  Working through this book brings up past dysfunctions that may be causing issues in being able to relate now.  Both of us feel as if we relate exceptionally well actually, probably because we’ve been doing it for over 36 years.  Our marriage is solid, a joy.  Our marriage rotates around God, like the planets around the sun.  That’s what keeps us in sync and makes us work so well together.  And we can coun...more

Christian Dior Diorissimo (1956 / 2009) ≈ Strange Reformulation, or The Spirit of Jasmine Takes Over That of Muguet {Review}

   We're publishing for the first time the article below which was written in 2009. We think that as Hermès is launching a new muguet composition by Jean-Claude Ellena this spring, which pays homage to the classic Diorissimo, now was the time to link the present with the past, anew, so as to gain better insights into the history of this recurring human endeavor, the muguet perfume. ...more

Childhood Revisited

faded photographs

I've been thinking a lot about family this week. My Dad passed away 15 years ago yesterday and Mom has been gone nearly 8 years. Oh, how those two loved Christmas. Which explains why they've been so much on my mind lately, and why I managed to lose myself the other night in  the treasure trove of photos they collected during 50 years of marriage. A few are displayed in albums, carefully captioned and dated, but many more were just tucked into folders, boxes, and envelopes and eventually forgotten. Smiling strangers, caught in the act of...? If only they could talk!...more

When furniture shows your age...

When you have lived in one house for years and years, you don't need much in the way of furniture. But this week I found myself in a furniture store I'd visited often in the past, attempting to find a couple small, sturdy pieces for a specific purpose. It was there that I felt the passage of time....more

10 Things to Tell Your (Grand)children in May

Share your life stories and memories with your (grand)children through the telling you enrich both your lives  Click here to read more  ...more

Making Memories

Us moms are often so busy with the day-to-day of keeping our families going that we forget how important the memories we're making are. I know from personal experience that the days go by so fast that the memories I'm making with my kids often slip away before I can even take the time to appreciate them. My sketchy memory is the main reason why I blog and why I take pictures, so that I can remember the big and little things that make up the bits and pieces of my life. The memories that I don't want to forget....more