A Christmas Letter

  I started to write this post on the eve of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and now we are just a day before the celebration of Christmas. A time of reflection and a time of renewal as we look forward to the beginning of a New Year. I have been contemplating writing… Read More

Grieving with Grace and Letting Hope in

It has been five weeks since my last post, which is unusual for me. I try to keep up with my posts every two to three weeks, but the days of the weeks, and the dates on the calendar, have been a bit of a blur this past month. Tomorrow it will be one month… Read More

From Death & Dying to Living a Life With Grace

As I mentioned in my previous blog post about a month ago, I shared that our pup Gracee, was diagnosed with metastatic cancer throughout her lymph nodes. The prognosis was poor from the beginning, when the veterinarian at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Clinic called me to tell me the biopsy results… approximately four weeks… Read More

Death & Dying with Grace(e)

The week before Christmas, our younger dog, Gracee (the white and brown one above), had an upset stomach a couple of times. For those of you who are dog owners, it is not unusual for a dog to get an upset stomach once in awhile, so we did not think too much of it. Then… Read More

Multi-generational Living Upside-Down

It has now been approximately six weeks since we have started our new multi-generational living arrangement when we moved in with our son and daughter-in-law. Whew – what a ride these seven weeks have been! Our “go to” personality styles while under stress are beginning to emerge. It is kind of like dating… initially everyone is on their… Read More

Multi-generational Moving Part I

On October 23rd, my son and his bride purchased a beautiful (and extremely large) new home that created a chain of events that will change our family dynamics forever. My husband and I, along with my ninety-two year old mother, have all moved into this home over the past few weeks. Our kids bought this… Read More

Let’s Go Crazy

The picture above is me reading the lyrics to “Let’s Go Crazy” as a tribute to Prince during  a fundraiser I was hosting on Thursday evening. It had been exactly one week prior, when I was setting up another fundraiser for my community, that I heard the news… Prince had died. As a Minnesotan, I was… Read More

A Family in Transition…

For Audio Version: http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WVR8P9ks It has now been a year since my mom moved into our home. As I reflect back on the past twelve (12) months, I am amazed at where we are today compared to last year… Last year at the age of 90, my mom was showing signs of depression with deteriorating physical… Read More

Fear or Faith?

Fear… we put so much time into creating fear in our lives… why? Having Faith seems to take a lot of effort at times… why? Think about it. Are we born to be fearful? I don’t think so. I didn’t see one ounce of fear in my new granddaughter who just turned a month old.… Read More