Kids, Hotel Soaps & 62 Pennies: Lessons in Gratitude

We received a surprise visit yesterday from my Grandpa Ken who lives in Nova Scotia.  He called me when he was just 200 miles away, letting me know he would be arriving within the next few hours.  When he finally arrived - what a joy it was to see him, hug him, and even hear his well-worn jokes!  It had been 4½ long years since our last visit.  The kids eagerly crowded around to greet … [Read more...]

Words fail

Many, many years ago I had the opportunity to see my all-time favorite singer (and let's be honest - my first "love") in a live concert.  After the show we waited outside by the back entrance to see if we might catch a glimpse of him leaving the arena.  Just when we thought we'd somehow missed him, he finally came out.  There were probably 30 of us waiting and he went along the line, … [Read more...]

A grateful heart

I rolled over in bed, having slept in until 9:30 AM, and smelled something yummy.  Opening my sleepy eyes I noticed a tray sitting on the bed with the "You Are Special Today" plate, mug and matching napkin.  On the plate was a beautiful omelet, and the mug held steaming hot raspberry tea.  Then I noticed a small white card on the side of the tray.  "Dear Mom, I made you this breakfast … [Read more...]

It’s the little things…

It's the little things in life that you come to miss when you're away.  As much as we tend to focus on the big things in times of stress and anxiety, it truly is the small details that make life such a joy.  Here are a few snippets from the day: Literally five minutes after leaving the last rest stop, one of the five year olds just had to go.  We pulled off on the next exit for him to … [Read more...]

United again!

Ah it's great to be home (well, actually I'm still in Billings for the night - but our family is at least all back together). There's nothing like being greeted by 10 big hugs from excited kids, each carrying a flower stem.  And I certainly missed all the silly little comments and jokes.  Here's a few highlights from tonight: Josiah (wearing panda ears he received at a store today) … [Read more...]