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28 years ago

It was a Friday, a lot like today except warmer.  I was 22 and did not know very much.  Worse yet, I thought I knew a lot, definitely more than the average person knew, especially about marriage and relationships.  One thing I knew for sure:  I wanted to get married.  He was a willing participant.  […]

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Starting in Tacoma

I know it doesn’t look like Tacoma because the sun is shining, but it was really beautiful that day.  I arrived in April to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins.  Our first morning walk took place at Chambers Bay, and I already look forward to returning next year.  There is something special about having family […]

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The Funeral

I am sitting at a table in an unfamiliar room with Amy Parker.  She has pretty blond hair and a soothing voice.  She is careful with her words, like a flight attendant reading the safety script as the plane starts moving.  “In the unlikely event of a water landing” means “if the plane crashes into […]

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Easter Weekend Sadness

I arrive at church to serve as a greeter for the Good Friday service.  It is cold outside, but inside is filled with warmth and love.  Candles are lit.  Communion is set out.  Music is playing softly.  I am home here.  I stand at the door and try not to say “Good Morning” at 6:45 […]

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Grieving, part 1

When I was little, every once in awhile my dad would go on a business trip and while he was away, my mom & I would eat at Bridgeman’s.  Bridgeman’s was my very favorite restaurant–the one on the east side of St. Paul.  Bridgeman’s has been gone for years, replaced by a liquor store, but […]

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February

I pressed “publish” on my Tuesday morning blog post at 5:23 a.m. and went upstairs to refill my coffee.  I had taken Monday off of work.  I wasn’t really supposed to take a day off and when I was asked the reason, I stumbled through a flimsy-sounding answer.  The truth was, I just wanted to […]

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More Lists

Things I don’t know: 1-Where to start 2-The right things to say to someone with a terminal illness 3-How much money is in my checking account, even a ballpark amount 4-How much I should be working 5-How much of the Bible is literal 6-Where the noise is coming from – the one that sounds like […]

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An Eventful January

On January 6th we found out my dad has pancreatic cancer and then life changed.  My parents have been snowbirds in Arizona for the past several winters, but now they live in Minnesota full time.  We love having them here.  We wish it was because they grew tired of Arizona sunshine and longed for the […]

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Thanksgiving Gratitude List

Giving thanks for… 1 -Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner at French Meadow Bakery Café, enjoyed with people I like a lot. 2-Four day weekends with no gifts to wrap. 3-Friends with unshakable faith…the ones whose default is to go to scripture for guidance and to their knees in prayer for help, who are quick to turn things […]

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Rough Days in the RV

We had so much fun traveling in our RV in 2016, and have treasured the memories ever since our return to Minnesota. However, there were some challenging days… October 5, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.  We were still newbies, having been on the road for exactly 2 weeks.  We were looking for a good place to […]

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