Category Archives: family

Tears Come With Joy and Sorrow

I visit my first husband’s grave to tell him that our son is getting married and I tear up.  And when I see our daughter in her wedding gown for the first time, the same thing happens.  Two children getting … Continue reading

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Mountain Top Moments

“Sometimes just looking up and out brings the gift of healing.” Continue reading

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Forever Young – Grieving the Passage of Time

I see the picture of the three of us. Framed in silver, it sits on the marble-top console table that had been my grandmother’s. I mention the picture when it catches my eye as I sit in my mother’s living … Continue reading

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A Swing Away From Caregiving

A warm breeze travels through the canyons, carrying the scent of lavender as it brushes my cheek.  My bare toes touch the deck’s surface sending the canopied swing into motion. Taking a four-hour airplane ride, an hour-long bus ride and … Continue reading

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Reliving and Remembering 25 Years Ago Today

There are days in your life that replay over and over in your memory and this will be one I never forget.  It is Tuesday, February 13th, 1990.  My husband Chris goes to his roofing job before sunrise, not waking … Continue reading

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Fully Alive While Waiting

There are a number of bracelets on her emaciated left wrist; some with crystal beads strung on elastic, another with tiny crosses and charms.  The purplish-pink one with the letters DNR is the one I notice first.   We are visiting … Continue reading

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Saying Good-bye to Another Dad

Our children had four grandfathers because of our unique blended family. If you don’t already know our story read it here.  Hank is my first husband’s father, and he was the last one of the grandpas to die. That was … Continue reading

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