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My First Taste of Coffee

January 23, 2022

Walking down to Nan’s house when I was 5, it was my first taste of freedom…and coffee.  My mother stood at our house and watched me walk down Iron Works Road to my grandparent’s house.  My grandmother on the other end, watching me come to her. My sisters, too little to go, were still napping.  I felt so big. When I arrived, Nan and I would go into…

Family Lifestyle Perspective

Here comes responsibility

January 2, 2022

Good Morning!  Happy New Year! From my family to yours 🙂 This is what I am thinking about today: Responsibility.  Specifically, how it is going to carry us through the new year. I am going to go back to New Years Day when a friend of mine brought to my attention an observation that they made.  I was very calm, allowing my 16-year-old to chauffeur my 12 and 19-year-old…

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It’s time to rest

December 23, 2021

Happy Holidays!!!  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! I am writing to you to wish you and your family a happy “holiday season.”   As much as it is fun, it is also full of stress.  🙂 Really, it wouldn’t be the holidays if it didn’t have its challenges. As I sit here on this 23rd day of December, an hour after my last Christmas present was purchased, I…

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Oh, the picture books!

December 12, 2021

A week ago my middle sister sent me a text, “Who thought it would be a good idea to do picture books for Christmas??” Yup, here we are, AGAIN…December 12th and I still do not have them done, not even started! With every picture that comes into my phone, I feel reminded.  And with every tick of the clock, I wonder how the heck am I ever going…

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It’s the little things… Thanksgiving 2021

November 23, 2021

It’s the little things that give me the energy to get through every day. I am so thankful for them. I thought I would honor those this Thanksgiving.  It seems that the big things always get the attention.  I am grateful for the big things like my kids, family, friends, and health.  I recognize that what keeps me happy in my day-to-day life are these little joys that…

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Time for a visit and food!

October 4, 2021

Time for a visit!  I could only stay away for so long before I had to check in with my Tyler, all the way out at Purdue. Just a quick trip, long enough to get a “Bug hug,” and find the best donut and burger in West Lafayette… I think that we hit the jackpot!! 🙂    A REALLY good burger we found–with peanut butter on top!  Who would…

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2021 Washington County Fair

August 30, 2021

And it’s a wrap! To be honest I have a love/hate relationship with the fair—as I am sure many mothers do.   We can’t help it.  The fair consumes our lives the week before, the week of, and the week after. When you break it down it is a week that goes like this: It’s dealing with very tired, dirty children for the 7-day duration, turning the show clothes…

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August

August 9, 2021

Here we are, August 9, where is this summer going? As I get ready to head into the last week before Tyler goes to college, I reflect and I anxiously think. I have tears that are bubbling underneath the surface that I desperately want to hide but can’t seem to. So we cry and laugh in this family because we embrace those tears. We are a family of…

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Alcohol

July 26, 2021

We have a problem in our family. Alcohol. We are no different than many other families. A few weeks ago, I lost a cousin because of it.  He was my age. I didn’t know him well, especially in his adult years.  I remember him as a child, playing together when he and his family came up from PA for a visit. More reserved and more cerebral, Seth was…

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Pride

July 18, 2021

I feel a deep sense of pride when my children work and play with their father, uncle, grandfather, and each other at the farm. My heart fills up to the brim, on those days when I drop them off in the field to meet a truck, or pull up along side the bunk and watch them hop into the pack tractor.   It’s work, but it’s play. It all…