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My Very Last “Empty Nest” Post

My Very Last “Empty Nest” Post

  I remember my first glimpse into the empty nest. The Consultant, Princess and I left Buddy at home to work while we vacationed in British Columbia. As we traveled west on Highway 1, it felt like our family vehicle was missing a wheel. I wrote in my journal –   July 30, 2004 This … Continue reading

Back to My Accidental Dream Home

Back to My Accidental Dream Home

In a few days, season three of our temporary life in Slave Lake will come to an end and we’ll be heading south – home to the starter house we bought 30 years ago. It’s nothing fancy. My 1,050 square foot, ‘50s bungalow was never meant to be my dream home. We bought it because … Continue reading

Time For Play

Time For Play

  “Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.”  – Dr. Stuart Brown, physician, clinical researcher and founder of the National Institute for Play.                              If you’re like … Continue reading

Blissful and Blessed

Blissful and Blessed

I haven’t quit smiling since I left Calgary for Slave Lake yesterday. After a week of connecting with family and friends, I am feeling truly blessed.   I can’t express these feelings any better than Janelle Ross has in her post, All My Blessing Breathe. Thank you, Janelle, for allowing me to share it with … Continue reading

My Two New Loves

My Two New Loves

Dear Buddy and Princess, Sorry kids, I have two new loves. When you started moving into your “big people” lives, there was plenty of room for a mom to fill and I’ve been determined to fill it with good stuff. I had to dig way back in time to reconnect with that person I was … Continue reading

Life In This Family

Life In This Family

The sun’s refection bounces off the iced-over lake and warms my face. Any minute now, Buddy and Princess will pull up with their partners. I have tiny butterflies in my stomach. It’s the anticipation of family time. The Consultant and I will enjoy our afternoon with them.   We will spend some time outdoors, today. … Continue reading

Making BIG Memories

Making BIG Memories

Oh, how I wish I’d followed through on plans for this one dream – to take a big trip with Mom – just the two of us. Over the years, we took a few little ones here and there but I wanted something adventurous with special bonding time. We’d even talked about what that trip … Continue reading