october 31, 2017

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“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” ~ Alan Cohen

 

always dad

 

Dad helped with Halloween. He was so excited about it, too. He waited patiently by the door until he just couldn’t stand it anymore. He bundled up and sat outside until he couldn’t stand that anymore, and then he went back inside and watched from the warmth of the recliner.

 

one soldier to another

 

He loved those kids all dressed up and running up and down the street. They were mostly neighbor children. When I first moved here 10 years ago there were no children. Now there are nearly 10 in a few houses around me. It’s absolutely delightful, and it tickled all of us to see their sweet little faces all dressed up. 

 

Halloween Cat

 

Even Lilly, perpetual Halloween cat, got in on the action. Aunts Lois and Barb, cousins Missy, Mike and Macie came over to help, too. And a good time was had by all. I’m so grateful to everyone for making this holiday one to remember.

 

adults?

november 1, 2015

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“The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit.
Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
~ James Allen

 

collage of happy
collage of happy

 

I had a guest register available at the reception. I didn’t realize I’d forgotten it until I went to bed Friday night. I attended All Saints Day service this morning and picked it up afterward. Sixty people attended Friday’s reception. Sixty people took time out of their lives to come see my work. Some I’d never met before Friday. Some sneaked in and out without my seeing them though they were kind enough to leave their signature. Some drove nearly two hours to be there. Some took off work. Some were recovering from major surgery. Some couldn’t stay long, and others stayed the whole time. Someone pointed out how many segments of my life were assembled in that room: family, close friends, old friends, new friends, co-workers, writers, actors, artists, musicians, librarians, bankers, software developers, railroad men, professors, social workers, therapists, pathologists, nutritionists, the list goes on. They’re not all represented in this collage, but I couldn’t think of a better way to have a group hug in the outhouse. Sixty people. I may be speechless for a week I’m so overcome with gratitude.

october 26, 2013

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

moo
moo

It was the annual Family Day for the Terry’s as the neighbor’s cows looked questioningly at us on a hay ride. Uncle Harold and aunt Phyllis opened their home and farm to us again so we could meet, eat, play corn hole, take a hay ride, walk the hills, and be in fellowship with each other. I look forward to it every year.

photo bomb mom
photo bomb mom

Me and Missy acting a fool could only be topped by my mother photo bombing us. As you can see, I come by my silliness honestly.

thriller
thriller

Usually, family day is earlier in October, but this year it happened to fall on the same day as Lexington’s annual ‘Thriller’ event. Of all of us Terry’s, only Missy had seen it before. Those of us living in Lexington decided to go: Missy, Macie, Lanelle, Barb and her grand-daughters, Renee, Aaron and the boys, and Lisa and me. It was a fun way to end a great day with my family.

Alexis in front
Alexis in front

april 20, 2013

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As long as you have life and breath, believe. Believe for those who cannot. Believe even if you have stopped believing. Believe for the sake of the dead, for love, to keep your heart beating, believe. Never give up, never despair, let no mystery confound you into the conclusion that mystery cannot be yours.” ~ Mark Helprin

miss missy miss
miss missy miss

I had the best day with my first cousin, Melissa Wilson Moore. She’s catering mom and dad’s anniversary party, so out on a beautiful Saturday we went for vittles and decorations. I don’t think just the two of us have done anything together in 30 years. We’re always with family, which isn’t a bad thing, but it does limit one on the more personal connections. Being one of the oldest of the Terry grandchildren, I remember when many of my cousins were born. I remember when Missy was born. She was always my closest cousin. Today was a rare blessing.

january 8, 2013

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The only trick to living the life you desire is believing it exists and belongs to you.
~ Unknown

the best present of all
the best present of all

I am 48 today. I received gifts that made me smile, touched my heart, and made me laugh hard. I’m surrounded by people who are good and kind and who love me. I feel it. I know it. How lucky am I? Mind you, attending a funeral visitation on one’s birthday may not seem quite as lucky, but it allowed for dinner with my parents. We couldn’t remember the last time we had dinner on my birthday. I was grateful to share a special meal with them.

baldy
baldy

And how often do you hear people sing “happy birthday’ in a funeral home? The place was packed with Terry’s (see below). They sang, “Happy Birthday to you…” and silently trailed off …”Happy Birth…day…to….you…..” as they realized where we were. Pretty funny! It was a sad occasion to be sure, but it was also wonderful to see my family, and simply be in their presence. What a blessed day I’ve had.

the clan
the clan