I’m Well, Thank You!

I dragged myself to church Sunday morning like a bag lady pulling a wagon of worry. It had taken me a long time to get going when I woke up. I was stiff and sore after a bad fall skiing the day before. Moving like lava wasn’t the pace I’d wanted on a day when I needed a jump start. I was cold and discovered the brand new furnace wasn’t working. A hot shower for your aching body is only a temporary comfort when you can’t get your house warm. […]

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“Help” – My Four Letter Word

After thirty minutes of waiting for the tow truck I decided it was time for an inventory of all the things I had to be thankful for.  The first was that I hadn’t had an accident.  You would have thought I had. My neck was stiff from battling with the car. The problem I was having happened once before.  I’d managed to get the car going then, but not this time.  The second was that it wasn’t dark like the first incident.  The third – it wasn’t snowing.  Snow would […]

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Kudos Mr. & Mrs. Tebow

Friday one of my blog readers issued a challenge to me to write about Tebowmania.  It came right before helping Luke get out the door for a tournament he was competing in out of town.  With his bags packed I got teary eyed at how grown up he’s become.  I remember when he was as tall as his racket bag and now he travels easily with two.  As he turned back to say, “Love you Mom,” I responded with my usual, “Love you too Bud,” but added, “Remember you can […]

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Buzz

When you’re dressed like a storm trooper it’s hard to bend down and pick-up a penny.  You really don’t want to either with the boots because you can easily find yourself tangled up in a mess on the floor.  Then there’s all the gear you have in hand – goggles, gloves, and gators.  The 3G network required for skiing.  If only you had the powers of Jedi you could telekinetically put the penny in your pocket but since I can only handle a single black diamond run it’s safe to […]

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Falling Behind Just in Time

Christmas morning when I crept downstairs to start breakfast before everyone woke up I realized we were out of milk. I couldn’t believe I’d missed this detail after more than one trip to the market the day before. I flew to the store hoping to return before anyone discovered I was missing. I grabbed the milk and, thinking my speediness had left me time to spare, I ordered a latte at Starbuck’s – only to discover the guy in front of me had ordered six drinks! My best efforts to […]

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Really?

I’m calling it my gingerbread penny because while reaching across the counter to pay for my latte at Starbucks I spotted it in a basket of gingerbread macadamia nut biscotti.  Yum! I was actually doing my best to ignore the basket because Christmas plus coffee equals craving for something sweet and I love this annual treat the mermaid emblazoned elves roll out.  Where I have a great deal of will power when it comes to other treats a late afternoon stop under the green siren of sea sign means I’m […]

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Michael- Our Very Own Archangel

There’s a penny that sat for months just inside my neighbor Kelly’s front door.  I don’t think it was there before her son Michael died.  I wondered many times when I would visit if it was his but I never asked.  It screamed at me from the foyer table “Pick me up!” but I knew better.  It wasn’t my penny to take.  When I told Kelly I liked her penny she gave me one of her sweet smiles and said, “Me too.”  She knew I understood it held some significance […]

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Eyes to See

When I got sick, the dog got sick as well and the car had to go in the shop. All this was happening the day before we were scheduled to leave for Seattle. I began to wonder if the rare Thanksgiving trip we’d planned was actually meant to be. Before my head hit the pillow I double checked my alarm that was armed to go off in a few hours. I was simultaneously relieved and exhausted. It would all be worth it for the boys to visit with family we […]

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Win While You Play

It was the first morning of the 5A State Championships and I was getting the Starbuck’s I’d need. With all my Team Mom duties taken care of I had only a few minutes to myself before play would begin. Standing in the line to order my first thought was to thank God for all that had gone well so far. It’s a short but intense season when high school tennis starts so by the time you get to State you’re simultaneously thrilled and exhausted. After offering my praises for all […]

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MRI’d

It would be nice to have a glamorous explanation for my knee problem. When the doctor looked at the x-ray and asked me how I’d injured it I didn’t have an answer. “You’ve hurt your knee do you remember when? Nothing comes to mind other than maybe cheerleading,” I said wincing. The pain from all his poking and prodding was beginning to overshadow my bruised ego. Jumping off the top of a human pyramid under the goal post now felt like a stupid way to climb the social ladder in […]

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