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“The horse and the giraffe can adopt the turtle and the armadillo.” I heard my grandson, Cruz, say while playing with his sister. All the other plastic animals had matching families, so they decided to makes this group complete by adoption. I love that the kids talk about adoption. Cruz was adopted, my father was…

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I laughed when I saw this at the store because “Lower your expectations and then you won’t be disappointed” is something my friend, Nancy, and I say to each other. Lower your expectations in THINGS THAT DO NOT MATTER! Give Grace where you can and encouragement when you can. Love all those imperfect quirky humans…

I left my baby this week. Lest you think I’m a bad mother – my baby is nearly six feet tall, rides a unicycle, plays the guitar and often gets mistaken for Zac Efron (A teen pop star, in case you have to ask, like I did). Jeremy is the fourth and last of our…

I don’t have a lot of memories of my childhood. We found a box of slides in the attic – oh my! So many glimpses into the past. The further I am from my childhood- the better it looks. It seems my father and Kodachrome captured the best memories. “So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away”…

  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….

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A laughing baby elf, a snowman, and a kiss. I think we all need a little of this Christmas Joy right now.

Centennial Farm is located at the Orange County Fairgrounds. It’s a great place to take your kids or grandkids to teach them a bit about farm life and agriculture. You can walk through the three acres and visit the animals – the piglets are a favorite of our grandchildren. They also grow various fruits and…

Mammoth has been our family’s favorite vacation spot since the children were little. This year we were able to bring my daughter, Ashely, and her family along to experience the beauty of fall in the Eastern Sierras. The golden aspen provided a beautiful backdrop for photographs. While the boys went fishing, we girls headed out…

I thought I was protecting my family by buying antibacterial soap for them to wash their hands. I’ve been using it since it first came on the market. A couple of years ago, I heard that some of the ingredients in it might be harmful. Now, the FDA has banned 19 of the chemicals used…

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