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My Day Took The Kind of Turn That You Just Never See Coming

Isn't it funny how sometimes we have our days planned and we think we know just exactly what to expect.  And then, in a moment, that same day takes a 180 degree turn and you end up somewhere you never guessed you would be that day?I had a day like that today.My family and I were driving to an All Saints Day party about 25 minutes away.  When we were about 10 minutes from our house, I got … [Read more...]

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When did I get so old?

Seriously -- when did it happen?I don't feel old, certainly. Heck -- I don't actually think that I am old.But, things seem to be happening every so often that make me scratch my head and think, "Huh. I guess I am getting older."My reasoning?Not one, but several of the kids that I used to babysit are now either married or have finished graduate school. Or both!I have been waited on by many familiar … [Read more...]

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Deleting Email Addresses

Every so often, I go through my email address book and delete some of the email addresses. I may delete ones that I know keep coming back undeliverable or perhaps the email address of someone that I used to take classes with in graduate school to whom I don't really talk to anymore.You get the idea.People's email addresses change, and sometimes, your relationship with them changes.In my last … [Read more...]

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It makes me sad to think about it…

But, I have come to realize I'm getting older.I don't actually begrudge myself getting older. And, while I am a bit wistful while realizing that each of my little babies is no longer a little baby, it also isn't what makes me sad.It is the realization that my grandparents and great aunts and uncles are getting older. I was around 17 years old when the first of my close relatives passed away -- my … [Read more...]

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Goodbye Grandmom, Just for Now

After a long battle with cancer (although it was not her first battle with it), one of Eric's Grandmothers passed away on Friday.Eric's "Grandmom" (as they all called her, though I admit that I always just said Grandma) lived about 40 minutes from us, and I'll admit that we didn't see her nearly as often as we probably should have. It is probably through God's grace then that she spent almost two … [Read more...]

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Stealing flowers from the cemetery

Jack has been looking forward to going to the small farmer's market not too far from our home (maybe a 10 minute drive) that is once a week. I promised him that once school was out, we would go. And, so one evening this past week, we were able to go. Just me and Jack. (He was thrilled, and even declared it to be "special time just for us.")On the way, we passed a cemetery. Jack instantly … [Read more...]

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The Prodigal Fish

Ummm...I have to admit, I don't know what to make of this. But, did feel the need to post after posting about my missing fish yesterday.Eric and I were walking by the fish tank and all of the sudden, there swims one of the molly fish out of that coral reef thingee I mentioned in the last post. He just sauntered out like he hadn't been missing for days on end.So, the prodigal fish returns. … [Read more...]

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Reward Offered for Return of Missing Fish

Okay, perhaps I will not be offering a reward. But, Eric pointed out a disturbing fact to me this evening when I returned from an overnight trip.He said, "I'm really not looking forward to cleaning that fish tank."I thought perhaps it had to do with whatever growth was currently going on in the tank, but I asked anyway. "Why is that?""It's been days since the last time I have seen those Molly … [Read more...]

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Our mortality

It is, perhaps, fitting to write on our mortality here on what is a national day of mourning (for the passing of former president Gerald Ford). This, however, is not the reason that I have been thinking about this topic. Last night, after 20 weeks in the hospital, my Dad's older sister (my Aunt Carolyn) passed away. I didn't know her well, and hadn't seen her in about 10 years, since she lived … [Read more...]