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  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…

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…

When I married Grizzly Adams, I was used to a penthouse view. My mother always told me, “Tonya, it’s as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is a poor one.” In those days, I seldom took my mother’s advice. So due to our economic situation, our early family vacations involved…

Four years ago, my life changed dramatically when my husband, Ron, became too ill to work. I cancelled my upcoming speaking engagements to care for him. When his job was terminated due to his extended medical leave, I stopped writing. I was wordless. For a time, it seemed as if we had lost everything. Looking…

When my husband was very ill, I asked him, “What’s on your bucket list.” His reply, “You’re my bucket list.” “Really, Ron,” I asked, “What do you want to do?” He said, “I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and Alaska.” He’s feeling much better these day and guess what? We went to see…

From the rising of the sun to its going down, The Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalm 113:3 Ron and I recently had the chance to visit our son and his family in New Mexico. We were enchanted with the beautiful sunsets. We took advantage of the stunning backdrop to photograph us, along with…

I want to know the future. Actually, I want to control the future. I am a planer. I prepare. I love calendars. I had plans for my life. I started out working on Plan A, aka the perfect life. I soon abandoned that for plan B, that didn’t work out so plan C. A few…

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