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Joy of the Month Club, 2015

This is my fifth “Joy of the Month Club” post.  It began in 2011, a very difficult year for our family, as an exercise in seeing joy in the midst of pain.  I’ve continued it because it is always good … Continue reading

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One Last Look at Christmas, 2015

I am in the midst of putting away my Christmas decorations, but I’ve come to a place where I can’t go on without help from the men folk and so must pause.  I’ve been thinking this week about the year … Continue reading

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Joy of the Month Club, 2014

My second traditional end-of-the-year post is a look back at blessings.  Being an Eeyore, an INFJ, a glass-half-empty kind of personality, I need to do this.  Purposefully looking back at my blessings helps me not just to remember them, but … Continue reading

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My Holiday Streak

I got up on Thanksgiving morning thinking I would probably not get to run.  With all the cooking and visiting and eating that was going to go on, and with my son home from college and sleeping in the room … Continue reading

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A Tour of Our Tree, Part 9

We didn’t “do Santa” with our kids.  They knew about him, of course, but they didn’t get presents from him or stand in long lines to sit in his lap, though I think that happened with at least one or … Continue reading

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A Tour of Our Tree, Day 8

Somehow, in all my growing up and early adult years I missed seeing It’s A Wonderful Life.  It wasn’t until sometime when we were living in Texas and the kids were small that I was finally introduced to this classic Christmas … Continue reading

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A Tour of Our Tree, Part 7

According to the latest information available, we have nine grandchildren.  One of these, Alden, is in his second year of pre-school.  This would be a significant piece of evidence about our age, except that this morning I witnessed some pretty … Continue reading

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A Tour of Our Tree, Part 6

In addition to the handmade ornaments on our tree, there are ornaments that represent friends, places, interests, and experiences.  It’s kind of a three dimensional collage that tells the story of who we are and where we’ve been.  That’s why I … Continue reading

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A Tour of Our Tree, Part 5

It’s interesting to me that most of the handmade ornaments on the tree were crafted, not by the girls, but by our first-born son, David.  Last year when he and his family were living with us before leaving to teach … Continue reading

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A Tour of Our Tree, Part 4

When Amy was a baby and George was in grad school we went to a small church that we absolutely loved.  Looking back, I realize that our time in that church was the beginning–the time when I began to take … Continue reading

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