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Bittersweet

Sunday, December 21, 2014      4 comments

I had such a bittersweet day yesterday. In one way, it was a GREAT day. I didn't do much, other than some holiday baking. it is all stored in my dining room (out of sight--out of mind, at least that's my plan), and awaiting Christmas Eve and Chr... Read more

And Then There Were Two

Friday, December 19, 2014      9 comments

As silly as it is, when every one of my boys moved out (and the oldest two sons moved out a couple times before it was a "final" move), I felt some sadness. And they were all in their late 20's before that final move. I had nothing to feel sad a... Read more

Five Years of Healthy Living!

Sunday, December 14, 2014      15 comments

Five Years Ago Today….I sat in my car in the doctor’s parking lot, sobbing at my steering wheel, not sure what to do next. He had just told me that my EKG seemed to show I’... Read more

Happy Birthday Darrell!

Friday, December 12, 2014      6 comments

Wednesday, my friend Ann, who lost her husband in February of 2013 (the week Duane got his Stage 4 Cancer diagnosis--so his death really hit us hard), from lung cancer, mess... Read more

Family Christmas Dinner

Tuesday, December 09, 2014      7 comments

Sunday night I hosted my brother and his extended family, as well as my own family, for a holiday dinner. It was a full house, there was 18 of us. It's amazing to think about how it all started with just my brother and I! It is a tradition my ni... Read more

Proud of My Son!

Thursday, December 04, 2014      6 comments

Look at my son, Chris, a few short years ago! I remember this picture. My daughter-in-law took it as we waited with her when she was in the hospital (in labor) before gi... Read more

Reality Comes Crashing In

Tuesday, December 02, 2014      13 comments

i had been lulled into a false sense of security, we had gone so long with good scans, good test results, NO sign of the cancer spreading, I was shocked when Du's latest PSA test in October showed a significant rise. His Urologist (actually his ... Read more

Early Thanksgiving AND Early Christmas!!

Monday, November 24, 2014      5 comments

My youngest son Chris has been on vacation for the past two weeks. He went deer hunting last weeke... Read more

I'm Falling.....

Monday, November 17, 2014      8 comments

I always feared falling when I was morbidly obese. I just knew I would break a hip or a leg and it would be so embarrassing. I developed a style of walking on slick surfaces, where I would go very slowly and try to put my feet down as flatly and... Read more

Rachael Ray!!??

Saturday, November 15, 2014      9 comments

I had a Facebook message Thursday night from Jessica at the Rachael Ray show who wanted me to call her back regarding a post I had made on Rachael's page. I called as soon ... Read more

The Hug

Thursday, November 13, 2014      8 comments

Sometimes I wish I could hug him hard enough so he could never leave me. This is a picture from the Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk on October 4. Du and I walked almost... Read more

Non-Food Rewards

Tuesday, November 11, 2014      5 comments

From the beginning of my journey, I have tried to find ways to reward myself for losing weight that do NOT involve food. The family did have a Biggest Loser contest which helped me get to my goal weight back in 2011, and we all went out to dinne... Read more

Time With Granddaughter Mia and Friend Beth

Monday, November 10, 2014      6 comments

Beth became my best friend when we were in the 5th grade and she is still my best friend. We don't see each other often, usually only a couple times a year, even though she lives just down the road in Omaha. Saturday, she was in town for a weddi... Read more

Time for a Hair Dye!

Saturday, November 08, 2014      8 comments

I treated myself to a new hair style back in November of 2010, after I got below 200 pounds. For years I had worn my hair long, grey, straggly, and pulled back from my face, held with a barrette. It was easy and I had long given up trying to kee... Read more

Fear for the Future but Joy in the Present

Thursday, November 06, 2014      13 comments

I've had a couple upsetting thoughts over the past few days--Worry that this Christmas might be the last with our family intact--I know son's marriage isn't the greatest, and with Du's health, you just never know. That makes me so sad and scared... Read more


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