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...]

A not-so Cinderella experience


Have you read the quote that Cinderella is proof that the right pair of shoes can change your life? I'm not sure if that's true but I am proof that a memory of the wrong pair of shoes can stay with you forever.  I recently saw this picture on Facebook and it brought back some funny shoe memories. Let me say at the outset that I had shoe problems as a child. Problem #1: When all my friends were buying shoes in adult women sizes, I still wore children's shoes. Imagine the horror of dressing … [Read more...]


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