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.



october 18, 2017

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“When you are generous, sometimes people will take advantage. You may be respectful and yet some people will still be unkind. You may be a good person, and some people will nonetheless still treat you terribly… How you treat others is really about who you choose to be in this life… That’s how the world changes — one brave person like you being kind.” ~ Bryant McGill


family (snapseed)


Our Shero is surrounded by her three boys after an action packed day. For the first time since her accident she was able to take our Hero to one of his appointments. It made them both happy, and it makes me happy that she was able to regain her independence. They’ve both still got a lot of appointments over the next six weeks, but things are getting better. I count four blessings on my couch.

october 17, 2017

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“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” ~ Bob Marley


on the road again (snapseed)


Lo and behold, our Shero has been released to drive once more. Her PT recovery has been remarkable by any measure, let alone her age and what happened. We went to the large parking lot across the way to make sure she was comfy behind the wheel of her new Rav4. She was more than comfy. She was elated and gracious and thankful and happy. And those things are worth everything. Go Shero go!


backup camera is her thing (snapseed)

october 12, 2017

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“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where all the fruit is.” ~ Will Rogers


ouch (snapseed)


Poor mom; when she’s not breaking bones, she’s getting cortisone shots for them. Arthritis is nothing to sneeze at; ask anybody who has it, they’ll tell you. But I have to say mom makes hilarious faces when they stick the needle in. Anything to take her mind off that 2″ needle – yikes! That’s our Shero: always looking for the humor in a bad situation.

october 2, 2017

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“Divine love is not something you can talk about, but it is something that you can demonstrate as you live.” ~ Harold Klemp


new pony (snapseed)


Our hero and shero got a new ride today, this cute Rav4. Finally, after two months, the family owns something everybody can get into, and out of. If you’ve ever had to rely on someone else for transportation, then you know what a big deal it is to have your own wheels. Our s/hero are pretty happy. Dad’s brother Phillip, and SIL Linda, recently bought a Rav4 as well. Guess what? It’s the same color. We’ll never be able to tell them apart. Just another fun fact in the family. We owe huge thanks to cousins Lanelle Fischer and Renee and Aaron Watkins for keeping our s/hero’s car and truck in the family. They made today possible, and I’m eternally grateful to them. I’m beyond blessed with a wonderful family.

october 1, 2017

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“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


birthday boy


Today was an especially important day. Today, our Hero turned 79 years old. We learned just how bad his heart condition was after his heart attack last year. That, coupled with other significant maladies, pretty much ensured he had very limited time. I can’t tell you how pleasantly surprised, and overwhelmingly grateful, I am that he lived to see this birthday. Make no mistake about it. Shorty Terry is one of the toughest men you will ever meet. Not only has he outlived expectations, he is maintaining his health pretty doggone well, all things considered. 


best friends and brothers-in-law


Losing Uncle Greg yesterday was not just devastating to the family, it was concerning for our Hero because of his own fragile health; because losing Greg, not two years his junior, drove home his own impending departure; and because he loved and respected Greg deeply. He is heartbroken. In light of Greg’s passing, mom and I had planned to hold off on birthday festivities, that was, until Lois called this morning. God bless her for always going the extra mile for her family. By 10am she had rallied the sisters and the local cousins (she would have rallied the brothers if they lived closer) for a birthday celebration in the sun. It was exactly what we all needed, and it was especially important for our heartbroken Hero. He finally had the birthday party he’d always wanted, and it took the sting out of losing his beloved brother. Once again, today proved that no matter how heartbroken you may be, there is always something to be grateful for. My plate remains overflowing with gratitude. 


bonds (not pictured is Aaron Watkins)

september 12, 2017

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“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.”
~ Tim Ferriss


good visit


Last Friday was very busy. In between all the running we had a wonderful surprise visit from Jeff and Cheryl Farmer. Jeff is the pastor at mom and dad’s church (Mamaw’s church) in West Liberty. They were in town for an appointment and made a point of coming to see mom since she was a recent escapee from rehab. Jeff was the poor person who had to call me when mom had her accident. He was very gentle in breaking the news, and that’s because he’s a very gentle man. He’s soft spoken with loads of smiles, and he’s always positive, which I really appreciate. He’s also a drummer, so naturally, we get along very well. He has been so good with mom and dad. He’s active in their lives, with many of his parishioners in fact, and that has made a huge difference to all three of us. He’s a really good man and I’m grateful for his kindness and good humor. 

september 4, 2017

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“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” ~ Peter F. Drucker


welcome home cake (camera+)


Not only did I cook a pot of soup beans for mom’s arrival (something I hadn’t done for well over a decade), I also baked a cake. I hadn’t done that in probably 30 years. Mom gave me a great secret ingredient, and boy was she right about it. It made the most moist, delicious cake I’ve ever eaten. I have a hard time believing I actually made it. She called it her “Welcome Home” cake. Look how happy she is with that big hunk of chocolate. I think she was happy to be home. 

september 2, 2017

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“It’s up to you to find beauty in the ugliest days.” ~ Unknown


outside looking in (snapseed)


It’s mom’s last night at Cardinal Hill. Dad spent the afternoon with her. I said I’d pick him up at dark. I peeped in the window and this was what I found. He’d slept most of the afternoon. When we got to the car I remarked that this had been a long journey. He replied, “Remind me never to break my hip.” He cracks me up. I’m pretty sure mom would agree, with me and with him. Here’s to healing.

august 5, 2017

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“Optimism: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster; it’s more like a cha-cha.” ~ Unknown


for better for worse


He virtually ran to her bedside, kissed her, then grabbed her hand and would not let go. I brought him a chair, and in a few minutes, this was what I saw. Both of them were sound asleep, and they stayed that way until Uncle Darrell arrived to make them laugh the afternoon away. Not everyone marries their soul mate, but when they do, this is what it looks like. 

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