July 3, 2020

A citronella candle we have on our porch wouldn't light. I almost tossed it, -except that I'm all for recycling, so I took a closer look at it. I saw that the wick was all bent out of shape and weighed down under too much wax. After I removed the extra wax around the c...

June 20, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, my youngest son graduated from High School with high honors. It was quite a big deal for our family, as you might guess. Even my oldest son came from LA to attend! The Class of 2020 had a one-of-a-kind Graduation ceremony this year. Despite the C...

May 8, 2020

I still remember when I found out I was pregnant with both my oldest and youngest sons. I was ecstatic with joy! I could hardly believe it! Then I wondered if I was qualified for the task. With a mix of feelings, I realized that for the first one -of course, I wasn't....

April 10, 2020

The news is relentlessly flooded with gruesome stories on the COVID-19. We’re all shut-in at home. Anxiety and fear seem to linger longer than our initial mindset could handle, and our courage threatens to fail us. It’s a worldwide feeling that levels us all.

But today...

March 18, 2020

Here are 10 things the Corona Virus Quarantine has taught me so far -but I’m still learning a few more. Maybe it might seem simplistic, but I refuse to lose my joy over this. After all, a crisis always brings growth, learning, and change. At least it’s been like that f...

March 6, 2020

Spring is almost here! I'm so excited to see some color in my back yard again, the crocuses and daffodils have started blooming. They look so perky and gorgeous against the past winter scenery.  

Just like other times, for me walking outdoors is the perfect classroom f...

February 12, 2020

To me, February looks like it's sprinkled with love dates for us. St. Valentine's is coming right up, of course, and then there's also our wedding anniversary! This year we'll be married 21 years, and I can't help thinking about how our love has grown since February 19...

January 9, 2020

We're already nine days into 2020! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a successful first week into the New Decade. I love the feeling of the New Year, all the excitement it brings, and the gift of another chance for a new start.  

As I was thinking of 2020 o...

December 21, 2019

l love Christmas -all of it. I cherish our family time, School's Winter Break, and the shorter workdays. The lights, how brightly they decorate a little town like ours. The tree and the ornaments that point to the Star. The gatherings that remind us of how loved we are...

November 22, 2019

I think I might have beat you to Thanksgiving this year! Sorry! We had ours yesterday. My family gathered for my son's birthday this week. So we also celebrated Thanksgiving while he was still in town. Family dinners together are a rare luxury for us now that my son li...

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