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Mommy, What Happens When We Die?

Answering big questions from our little ones doesn’t have to be traumatic. I always tried to answer my children’s questions about death in a simple, loving way. This is a story I wrote about my daughter, Ashley, who is now 33-years-old. Waking to a loud noise, I sleepily headed towards the light in the kitchen. Who…

Compare and Despair

Click here to read Time.com Why Instagram is the Worst Social Media for Mental Health Does social media cause you to “Compare and despair” and feel inadequate? Do you struggle with Anxiety, Depression or FOMO (fear of missing out)? I read an article that being on social media can ruin both your sleep and body-image,…

“So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away”

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”…

Did We Promise All That?

  Last night at a wedding, listening to the vows, made me think of our wedding. I asked Ron, “did we promise all that?” His reply, “Don’t you remember?” So long ago – but we’ve certainly lived it. Richer or poorer. Sickness and health. Till death do us part.   The last five years have put…

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…

Inner Makeover – True Beauty Revealed

Challenge – The Good News Paper wrote an article about me: Beauty beyond Barbie — Former international Ford fashion model Tonya Ruiz shares how an inner makeover revealed her true beauty Tonya Ruiz says,“Looking beautiful outwardly is only skin deep, but being beautiful is soul deep.” On Tonya’s third birthday her eyes lit up as…

Till Death Do Us Part

Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. “Ron,” I protested late one night as I was trying to read, “that clicking sound…

My Missing Cheese Toast Lesson

“I never got my cheese toast or utensils,” I complained to my husband. “The waitress is not doing a very good job.” Others in our large group started to grumble. We were on vacation, we were hungry, and the service was just plain lousy. The next time the waitress came to our table, my husband…

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