Dependence or Love?


Last time we went to the beach, I left to come home earlier than Doug. He stayed behind, claiming he had more "work" to do. I'm sure he did. Resting in his new hammock, testing the pool temperature, hammering a protruding nail here and there, and probably testing a new burger creation at Bro's. Always the gentleman, he hauled my bags downstairs for me when it was time to go. I kissed him goodbye and drove off, leaving him to his very. important. work. About five minutes later, … [Read more...]

Happy 80th Birthday, Mom

My brother and mom

My mom celebrated her 80th birthday last week. For the years leading up to her 80th, she repeatedly reminded us, "I don't want a party when I'm 80! I especially don't want to get all dolled up and sit in a special chair at the church so that people can come and make a fuss over me. And, don't buy me a corsage because I won't wear it!" Got it. No party. No special chair. No corsage. No church. Then, she attended some of the birthday parties for her "club ladies" who also turned 80 … [Read more...]

Turn of the Tide

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I’m sitting on the deck of our beach house in the Outer Banks trying to read a book. As I read the words on the page, my mind drifts in and out with the sound of the waves and the gusts of wind that sweep my hair from one side to the other. One word on the page stands out to me -- “Returning.” How many times have I returned to this beach? 60, 100? I’m not sure. I’ve been here for family vacations, girls’ weekends, writing retreats, and many work trips where we removed wallpaper, … [Read more...]

My Mormon Easter


Easter is coming and I’m almost as excited as when I’m waiting for Christmas. I have family coming (Annie and Josh and their friends) for Easter weekend, which is, in itself, something to celebrate because our families are spread across the country these days. AND, it’s General Conference weekend. For those of you who don’t know about Conference Weekend, it’s going to sound dreadful, but trust me, for Mormons, it’s one of the best weekends of the year. Conference weekend is … [Read more...]

Couldn’t have said it better…

I love this blog about Big Feelings. This writer captures motherhood beautifully. For all my young mom friends and my daughters who will be joining the new mom brigade someday, read this and believe it. To all my empty nester friends, read this and remember. We all have these big feelings and it's so true that the years crept by sometimes but now, they feel like they happened just a minute ago. Read … [Read more...]


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