Sentimental Family Recipes

Over thirty years ago my husband and I lived over 2,000 miles away from my family. I would call or write my mom and ask her for recipes. One day I said, "Would you write down some of your recipes?" My mom wrote down a few of the special cherished family secret recipes that I [...]

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Spring Break Stay-cationing

Last year we took a trip during Spring Break to Greenville, SC. It was exciting to plan and look forward to. We had a great time exploring and discovering a new region and area. This year, we decided to stay home or "Stay-cation" during Spring Break. As the time approached coworkers would mention the warm [...]

Going into the Unknown…Change!

As this year comes to a close...I am reflecting on the events of this year. The biggest challenge for me as well as for some of my loved ones has been “Change.” For me 2018 has been a year of Transformation and Transition which comes in all different forms: A new job or possibly added [...]

Counting Our Blessings!

I have two family members that work in healthcare. Every year they are scheduled on Thanksgiving and Christmas! At first, it was disappointing, than we began to reevaluate our options. We always celebrate the holidays...it is not on Thanksgiving or Christmas. We have learned to make the time to gather to celebrate our family and [...]

Danger…He Had No Idea!

[ Sometimes we do not know what we don't know until someone points out what we did not know or it's too late! In June, my husband went in for his routine Colonoscopy. When his vitals were taken, his Blood Pressure was 230/130! The BP cuff was kept on him while prior to the colonoscopy procedure [...]

When Does a Father Grow into a Dad?

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers…

Since writing this article a year ago…our other daughter & her boyfriend have bought a home, and her dad has become their “Go To” Mentor as they learn to navigate being new homeowners, and he learns when to “step in” and “when to step back!”

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I was blessed to grow up with a dad that took care of his family, provided for us, made sure we had what we needed to grow into successful adults.  My dad modeled parenting for me.  His parenting style evolved over the years as his children got older.  The reality is being married, having kids, balancing the roller coaster of life that starts out with the slow ascend arriving at the top only to descent at a rapid fire speed…there is no manual for those challenges life may bring. So what makes a father a dad and when does that metamorphose happen?

My husband’s parents divorced when he was very young, consequently he grew up in a single parent home.  His mom did a fantastic job of providing a home for my husband and his sister. She not only had to be the nurturer but she had to be the disciplinarian as…

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