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A Bittersweet Anniversary

It was one year ago today that I got the call that my Dad died. A death of someone so close to you, whether a parent or a child or a friend or a spouse is one of the most heart wrenching loss a person on earth can live through.… Read more

{Part 2}

If you missed Part 1, catch it here! On the afternoon of August 10, 2016 I received a call from my stepmom telling me my Dad passed away. I would later find out, my stepmom had signed the paperwork to remove my Dad from oxygen and feeding tube. My brothers… Read more

{Part 1}

As bad as I thought 2015 was at the beginning of last year, 2016 proved to be the worst year of my life. I want to be positive and say that I am sure I will learn some valuable lessons from all that has happened last year, but first I… Read more

And Life Goes On….

As much as I want my life around me to stop so I can catch up, it doesn’t. Life still goes on. Days pass and the feeling of not being able to catch my breath and organize my thoughts continue. Until now…. Its time for a fresh perspective. Its time… Read more

A Proper Goodbye

Today is a memorial service for my Dad who passed away on August 10, 2016. I won’t be attending. How he died comes with questions not answered. Danette, my stepmother, has not called me since the day after my Dad died.  She did not call when I had my surgery.… Read more

A few life {and death} lessons

To say I have been through a lot the last month is a definite understatement. I had major surgery on August 5th, my Dad passed away on August 10th and we evacuated our home on August 16th because the Blue Cut Fire  was dangerously close to our house. My Dad… Read more

When setting BOUNDARIES mean you’re out of the family

Do you fear getting the call telling you someone you love is in the hospital and in critical condition? What if you never got the call? This is what happened to me exactly two weeks ago today. Technically, I DID get a call, but it was from my brother in Arizona… Read more

Lentil Soup and a Taste of Humility

We first met this couple this past Winter at a Spanish church we attended at the request of the Pastor. He had invited us for worship and a barbecue afterwards. My husband and I had been somewhat instrumental in securing the property where this growing church was establishing roots. Having gone… Read more

She dressed in pink….

As soon as we pulled into the parking lot of Denny’s I saw her. Although she was only in 4th grade, she was getting so tall. The pink cowboy hat only added to her height. She was walking towards us with a huge smile. I knew her weekend with Grandpa at the… Read more