Will You Still be My Valentine?

In February of 1974, my future-husband gave me a Valentine for the first time. It was the size of a poster and featured Peanuts characters. On the inside, Snoopy popped up and danced on a little spring. The caption read, “Since we met, my feet have never touched...
What I’m Thinking as I get my Vaccine

What I’m Thinking as I get my Vaccine

This week, I got my first dose of the Covid vaccine. I’m not kidding when I say this makes me emotional. People we love have died from this disease, and we have felt helpless to do anything except wear our masks, wash our hands, and hunker down. We will still be...

Do The Next Right Thing

Some days are hard to slog through. Days of quarantine. Days of homeschool. Days of teething babies. Days of grief. The list goes on. When I am faced with days like that, I hear this phrase in my head, “Just do the next right thing.” Yes, this is a Disney...

Three Things I’m Keeping from 2020

It is tempting to kick 2020 out the door with a “Good riddance.” But I do want to hold onto a few things. Like these: This View I’m keeping some Christmas trees in place. They still make me smile every time I glance up from my desk. Light against the...

Christmas Eve with the Vending Machines

This picture is from one of my favorite Christmas memories. We drove five and a half hours to celebrate an early Christmas with all our kids and grandkids. Since no one had a big house at that time, Gramps and I hosted the party in the conference room of the hotel...

What We Are Doing for Christmas 2020

We didn’t do this with our grandchildren after Thanksgiving. And we won’t be doing this with them in a few weeks.           I won’t do this with my mother and siblings. And we won’t pose for an update of this. But, I...