Wednesday, February 18, 2015


*love is-

this weekend my husband & i
will celebrate our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary!

sometimes it doesn't even seem possible
that we have been together that long.
i mean, that is a LONG time.
but, then i think about all the
memories; the good and the bad
that we have experienced together

-in sickness & in health.

he is really just a part of me.
the two make a whole.
i can't imagine my life without him!

no need to hit the rewind button.

no do-overs needed.

*love does not boast. is not self-seeking.

marriage is work!

i have been around far too many people who are just
trying to convince themselves and
all their friends on social media,
going on and on about their sweetie...gushing and oozing...
just how wonderfully perfect their marriage and their lives are!

okay...who are you trying to convince? me or you?

*love is not proud.

our marriage is good &
i am happy & content
but, i don't feel the need to convince myself or others
how happily married we are.

*love never fails.

marriage isn't easy.
it is a commitment and it takes work.
a lot of work...

but, it IS worth it!

*love always trusts. is not easily angered.

i do not want my daughters (all married now)
to ever think it is a cake walk!
that we haven't had to work at it
because we have.
it isn't always
sunshine  & roses!

our faith in our marriage
and faith in God
have been the key to making it work!

we couldn't have done it without God.
or without our faith in Him and in our marriage.

*love protects. hopes. perseveres.

we love each other
and we both think our marriage is worth the effort!

*love is patient. love is kind.

i am more than happy to say that i still LOVE the man
that i said, "YES" to thirty five years ago.

we are blessed.
thank you, Jesus.

*it never fails.

1 Cor. 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails


Thursday, February 12, 2015

time. where does it go?

oh my goodness, it seems that time just keeps marching on
i cannot believe i haven't updated this blog for a whole month!

things are about the same with my mom in law; the day to day
and the progression of the disease itself.

for us, we are lucky enough to live only minutes from her care center
which means we visit her daily. (even if she doesn't remember. )
alzheimers is an ugly, ugly disease!

my birthday came and went and with it a surprise vacation!
my hubs surprised me with a short 3 day cruise.
it was wonderful to just get away and relax.
just the two of us, a time to reconnect.
sigh. it was wonderful.
something we needed too.


valentines day is this weekend?! wow.
i am planning to participate in a 5k that morning. :)
in fact, my goal for 2015 is to participate in a 5k each month.
and a few half marathons thrown in for good measure! ha.

we usually don't do a whole lot for valentines day
our anniversary is the week after we do a combination
valentine/anniversary celebration.

so, my you have something special planned for v-day?
will you share it with me in your comments?
maybe i can live vicariously thorugh you.


i leave you with this: know that you are loved. you are special. always.

shine my friends. shine.



Monday, January 12, 2015

memories made

our daughter and family were here
from california for the holidays.

we were able to do many wonderful
activities and make fun memories!

one of the things that will stick in my mind:
sledding and snowshoeing at mt. baker :)

it was cold and it was fun!

i also participated in 'dressember'
committing to wear a dress every day in december
to raise money and awareness for human sex traffickling.
partering with 

so, i actually wore a sweater DRESS
up to snow shoe! :)

the holidays are over;
the kids all back to their homes & work
my hubbie and i are back to our routine...
but, memories were made
memories are stored away 
to be pulled up and remembered for 
years to come.