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Category Archives: Grandparenting

Adopting the Turtle and Armadillo

“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…

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…

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…

Kissing The Snowman

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

Centennial Farm

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…

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…

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