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Grieving This Christmas
Wednesday, December 28, 2016      17 comments

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
Tuesday, December 20, 2016      17 comments

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
Tuesday, November 29, 2016      5 comments

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
Wednesday, November 23, 2016      9 comments

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
Monday, November 14, 2016      5 comments

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
Thursday, July 21, 2016      16 comments

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
Wednesday, July 13, 2016      9 comments

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
Thursday, June 23, 2016      10 comments

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
Thursday, June 23, 2016      7 comments

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
Decisions, Decisions!
Thursday, June 16, 2016      10 comments

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!
Saturday, June 04, 2016      5 comments

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!
Tuesday, May 03, 2016      8 comments

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
So Much.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016      11 comments

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!
Monday, March 21, 2016      11 comments

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
Aging Gracefully
Thursday, March 10, 2016      12 comments

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

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