L-O-V-E

I’m in Arizona for Sara’s roommate, Julie’s wedding.  Julie has been like part of our family for the last four years. She is the roommate you pray for when you want your daughter to be happy in her new college life. One afternoon when I was visiting them during their sophomore year, Julie asked Sara about her day.  Then she said, “Come and sit down and tell me all about it.” She scooted over on the couch to make room for Sara and I, then crossed her brown Arizona legs and got … [Read more...]

Here kitty, kitty…

I'm dedicating this post to my cousin Becky. When my mom and I arrived at the beach a couple of weeks ago, we filled our arms full of all the supplies we hauled down there and headed up the stairs. When I peeked over the Costco-sized packages of toilet paper and paper towels to unlock the door, I noticed a cat sitting on the cover of the hot tub. "I think we have a visitor," Mom said, standing behind me with her arms full of new mattress pads. "Oh great! I wonder how long it's been here. … [Read more...]

Just Like Me but Better

While visiting my mom recently, I said, “Mom, remember when you used to say, ‘I hope you have a daughter just like you?’ In case you haven’t figured it out by now, your wish came true.” My 18-year old daughter Annie is so much like me it’s scary. I realized how much Annie is like me as I drove her to a doctor appointment in Utah. I almost drove off the side of University Avenue in Provo while listening to her rattle off her long list of urgent goals. She sounded so much like the … [Read more...]

Things you don’t say…

My oldest daughter just turned 21 years old. She is home for the summer working to bulk up her bank account after draining it with a semester abroad in London with side trips all around Europe. (Oh, to casually say, “When I lived in Europe…”) I’ve noticed a new maturity about her since she came home.  Some are small things like how she makes her bed, whips up masterpiece desserts in the kitchen, and actually seems to enjoy being a mentor for her younger sister. There are the big things … [Read more...]