january 7, 2018

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“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.”
~ Tibetan Proverb

 

53

 

I had the great fortune of dining with some of my family to finish off the birthday weekend. I only get to go to Longhorn Steakhouse when mom and dad are in town, so that’s where we headed. I swear, even though they’re a chain, they make the best steaks I’ve ever eaten – and they’re consistent in that quality. Anyway, Mike Moore has a birthday four days after me (plus he’s four years younger), so I’ve dubbed him my birthday buddy. It’s a lot more fun to celebrate when there’s more than me to celebrate. I can’t think of anybody I’d want as a birthday buddy more than Mike.

 

Birthday Buddies by Missy Moore

 

This dinner with the family meant more to me than dinners in the past. I’m not sure why. I only know that I was deeply honored that they could join me. They’ve each helped me so very, very much in this life, and always when I needed them the most. So, yea, I’m still a few hours away from my actual birth date, but I’ve had the best birthday weekend I could ever want. Who knew turning 53 was gonna be so awesome?

 

this is us

 

 

december 24, 2017

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“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” ~ Colin Powell

dynamic duo

 

Another Christmas Eve has come to the Springridge Lodge and these two crazy kids were sporting their matching UK wear that Santa brought them. Then we ate, and cooked, and ate some more. We watched Christmas movies and watched two flakes of snow fall. That last part didn’t last long. Tomorrow, we’ll enjoy more family festivities, but for tonight, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, St Nick will get to the kiddies, and we’ll wish a goodnight to all, and to all a good night. 

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?

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. 

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