Grieving This Christmas
Thank you so much for your loving support and prayers for our family and especially my mother-in-law, Geneva. After a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer, she died on December 20, slipping away peacefully. Her faith and her family were her... Read more
The Long Good-Bye
My mother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April, just after she and my father-in-law celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Because they caught the cancer early, she opted for an extensive surgery to remove the tumor. It was... Read more
Enjoying the Small Things
Thanks for all your helpful support on my last blog about my husband's mom and her cancer situation. She has been in the hospital for most of the past two weeks but was home for 2 days. During that time, my husband talked with her and his dad ... Read more
Last week we learned that the chemo didn't work and my MIL's pancreatic cancer has spread to her liver. She has been in the hospital for about 10 days and is weak and in some pain, although meds are controlling it much of the time. My husband,... Read more
The Fabulous Blogs I Haven't Written
I haven't blogged since I don't know when...maybe August? I keep wanting to do these great blogs with photos and beautifully articulated thoughts...and I don't have time so I just do nothing.
Well, I'm going to ditch the perfectionism and ... Read more
A Trophy That Means Something
Over the 6+ years I've been a SparkPerson, I've never really been motivated by the Spark Points or Wheel or trophies that much. Except for the fitness ones. In 76 months on Spark, I've hit at least 1,000 fitness minutes every month but one, a... Read more
Mary and Martha
I'm leading worship and preaching every Sunday this summer at a church about 80 miles from my home. This week's text is the story of Mary and Martha. Nothing could hit closer to home for me right now! Even as I'm trying to study, reflect, and... Read more
The News You Never Want to Hear
As many of you know, Rick's mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late April and had major surgery to remove the tumor, which involved stomach, pancreas, spleen, and intestines. The cancer was caught earlier than pancreatic cancer normall... Read more
Slogging Through Molasses
This morning I had the worst run I've had in months, maybe ever! I got out at 7:30 to beat the heat. There was a stiff breeze, but nothing like some of the winds I've run in. I don't know what was wrong, but I just had NO energy. It was like... Read more
I don't actually know what I'm going to write about...just whatever comes to mind, I guess!
We are in full Summer Library Program mode at work, with activities and programs for preschoolers, grade schoolers, teens, and adults. Our theme th... Read more
I Just Don't Understand!
Sometimes things just don't make sense. While on our trip to Britain I decided not to track, to eat with enjoyment, and not to worry about it. No problem. We ate at lots of wonderful pubs, tried the local specialties (haggis, anyone?) and wal... Read more
Heading Across the Pond!
Just a quick update. My mother-in-law is recovering, slowly, from her pancreatic cancer surgery. They did find cancer in 3 of 9 lymph nodes, so she is facing chemotherapy once she is healed. It's been a very up-and-down ride and I'm sure that... Read more
I see it has been a long time since I wrote a blog. It's been a stressful time. My husband's mother, Geneva, has been in the hospital for two weeks. During the first week, she was here in our small local hospital while tests were conducted an... Read more
Bright and Cheery!
Last week I was feeling really stressed out and overcommitted. Rick really made my day by surprising me with these bright, cheery flowers!
Anot... Read more
Inspired by my friend CLAIREINPARIS, who does beautiful photo blogs of her hikes, and my friend SMILINGTREE, who always includes a fun picture in her blogs, I am including a photo I took this morning while on my run.
It was a beautiful, wa... Read more