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Dec
4

Persevere

It truly is crazy living on both sides of the Pond. That said, you may understand the craziness of what seemed like a simple task: baking cookies to add to the treats of our local church’s ESL class’ Christmas party last night. My new favorite word? Persevere! My first thought was to make a huge …

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Nov
28

Cheeese!

Today was the last day in Florida for our children and grandchildren. But we took advantage of this last day to hang out at the pool. For hours. Once again, the bad news is that I don’t have a waterproof camera. The good news is that from time to time someone picks up my phone …

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Nov
26

Family time at Disney World

Wow…I may have just had one of the best family vacations EVER. Seriously. A story a bit too long to share in this particular post, but, bottom line, we were blessed with a day at Disney with my sister, her husband, their daughter and son-in-law, our kids, their spouses, and our five grandchildren. Crazy. The …

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Nov
24

Family vacation: Day one

Well, this is a first. An extended family vacation. Siblings. Multi-generations. And sun. Not too hot. But warm enough to enjoy the resort pool. Plenty of time to splash with little ones and dodge water cannons. (I must say that I didn’t see the other grandmothers and great-aunts fully committed to water play — how …

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Nov
23

Family legacy

Jim and I are reading such an interesting book: Dream Land by Lily Hyde. “One girl’s struggle to find her true home. It was meant to be like coming home…All her life, Safi’s parents have dreamed of returning to Grandpa’s native village in Crimea. But exchanging their sunny Uzbekistan house for a squalid camp is …

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Sep
8

Postcards

Picture postcards. An inexpensive way to send a personal message to family and friends. My grandparents were blessed with opportunities to travel the world on several occasions and often by ocean liners. This allowed them to visit many locations without ever having to unpack, change hotels, make connections and all the other joys of travel. …

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Jul
16

New memories from the old

What a fabulous morning! Our car needed to be inspected for Maryland tags and our ride home from the shop included three of our grandchildren and their Aunt Anna. Mama had been dropped off at summer school. Rather than returning to their home before retrieving Mama, we were blessed with their company for the whole …

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Jul
13

Missing Mom

What a blessing to spend my mother’s last days at her bedside. And what a bittersweet moment to witness her taking her last breath. Holding her hand. Looking into her eyes. She was surrounded by her three daughters and other family members. Though our shoulders shook with sadness, we were relieved that she was no …

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Jun
24

Family for the win

With very little lead time (translation: minutes before getting in the car), Milan drew a quick picture for Jim and me to deliver to my mother — his great-grandmother. We received a call late Monday morning that we might want to reconsider when we would return to Cincinnati — our plan had been to visit …

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