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Category Archives: My Family

Barbie Photo Shoot

On Barbie Gets Real, I recently created a Barbie Photo Shoot of Grandma Barbie taking photos of her Barbie – The World’s Smallest Barbie. It was my most popular post to date. It’s been one year since I started my Barbie Gets Real Instagram. I had no idea that thousands would follow it. It 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...

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...

Jesus Loves Me This I Know

I watched my husband, Ron, endure 12 surgeries in five years. Then I hurt myself taking care of him. Two weeks after our health insurance was cancelled, my doctor called and said, “Your severe pain is caused by a herniated disk. You’ll need surgery.” Soon after that, I had my first panic attack. I remembered...