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Count Your Blessings

  There was a day when the only thing I had to care for was my ’75 red Mustang. One husband, four kids, and ten grandchildren later – my life is MORE. More complicated. More laughter. More tears. More joy. More pain. More people. More problems. More to pray for. More to love. Just MORE….

Who Is The Chubby Lady IN THE PICTURE?

When I see my fifty-something self in pictures, I cringe and my inner voice says, “Yikes, who is the chubby lady?” The ironic thing is that I use to be a teenage-fashion model. When I was very young, thin and FABULOUS, I looked at pictures of myself, cringed, and my inner voice said, “Yikes!” I’ve…

Imperfection is Beauty

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” — Marilyn Monroe

It Was a Bit Crowded in Our Marriage

He walked into the Bible study with his guitar and a big smile on his face. It was 1981, but he was a leftover hippie with long hair, a beard, boots, and a suede vest. He picked me up for dates in a brown VW bug that was older than me and often brought along…

A Rose By Any Other Name

  I love drinking Rose Tea – it smells and taste…. like ROSES.  There is quite a bit of information about aromatherapy and the benefit of “roses” as a mood elevator.  We have often heard to “take time to smell the roses.” It seems there is actually a medical benefit to doing so.  William Shakespeare…

A Spiritual Legacy

“When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” — 2 Timothy 1:5 .  Maybe to some it would seem that we don’t have a rich inheritance to pass on, especially since there’s…

Just Keep Swimming

Three years ago, after my husband, Ron, and I both had back surgery, our doctor recommended that we have “aqua therapy.” It was soothing doing our exercises in the warm salt water pool. We enjoyed exercising in the water so much that we eventually joined a local gym that had an aqua aerobics class. After…

Irvine Mariners Farmers Market

My daughter, Ashley, and I headed out early this morning to the Irvine Farmers Market at Mariners Church, corner of Bonita Canyon & Turtle Ridge Road. The hours are posted as 8am – 12 noon (Rain or Shine). If you want from “farm to table” for your family – this is the place to go. There…

An Apple a Day

Mayo Clinic reports “Apples – The Original Health Food. Apples are a good source of soluble fiber, which can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Fresh apples are also a good source of vitamin C — an antioxidant that protects your body’s cells from damage. Vitamin C also helps form the connective tissue collagen, keeps your…

You Can’t Look Sixteen Forever

“And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!” ― Audrey Hepburn A number of years ago, when I turned 30, I dug through a box of my modeling pictures and came up with a picture of myself — in a swimsuit. The picture showed a thin, tanned and cellulite free 16-year-old. I…

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