Archive | December 2018

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Reflecting on 2018

It being New Years Eve, everyone was reflecting on the past year – the good and the bad. As I think about this past year, we have been very blessed that my parents have made it through again without a hospitalization. There have been medical issues, of course, but nothing extreme. I am finding peace […]

Returning Care

This morning, my parents and I were remembering how sick I was as a child. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was only 4 years old. From that time on, my joints stiffened, muscles weakened, and pain increased. I was unable to wash or comb my hair, button a button, or open […]

Welcome to the USA

I love listening to the stories and experiences that people have. I find it fascinating that we as people are so much the same, yet so diverse. We got together with our neighbors this afternoon and heard about how the wife was in the Air Force for a brief period of time. She worked at […]

Holy Innocents

Today the church honors the Feast of the Holy Innocents. It remembers those tiny martyrs who have tragically lost their lives. The reading of the day is from Matthew 2:13-18 which tells the story of how king Herod ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under […]

Christmas and Family

It has been a wonderful few days celebrating Christmas with my family. On Christmas Eve, my brother flew into town. My son got the opportunity to test out his new truck on snowy mountain roads as he drove my brother and my dad up to the cabin. They made some adjustments to the computer equipment […]

Final Christmas Preparations

I stayed up way too late last night cutting out and baking pieces to make a gingerbread church, but I really enjoyed doing it. I thought of all the different times that I could remember making the church with friends, youth groups, and family. My sister came today and we all finally put up the […]

Blessing Cards

I finished and mailed my Christmas cards today. Yes, they are a little late, but I can’t seem to get them out much sooner. As I completed each card, I thought of and prayed for each person in the family. I found myself more grateful for them and the influence and blessing they have been […]

God’s Grace in the Empty Space

I have been wanting to get to the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this Advent season. However, time is limited, there is a lot to do, and I kept forgetting. But the other day, I read about the experience of a good friend who went to the Sacrament. He wrote in part, “I feel so uplifted, […]

True Life-long Friend

My mom received a Christmas card today from a woman she has known for most of her life. When my mother was 5 years old, she started going to dance classes with the then little girl who was just a year older. There were many times in later years when their lives crossed paths in […]

Award Winning Photos

My dad has had a few different careers during his life. But one thing that has remained with him from the time he was a young teenager is photography. Just as music is to my mom, photography is to my dad. That is how he expresses who he is, how he sees the world, and […]