Life in my Family

JOY

September 19, 2017

What does this picture make you think of? It makes me remember one of my favorite children’s books, the one that has the repeated line, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” Anyone else love that story? This picture also makes a tiny three letter word run through my mind. Joy. Joy is my middle name, and maybe that is why the quality of joy …

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From the Mouths of Nieces

August 29, 2017

This morning I woke up to one of my favorite sounds in the world: little girl voices. Well, mostly little girl voices. MacKenzie is ten now, and not so very little. Madison is seven and full of questions like: “Why are you laying the wrong way in the bed?” (Because I woke up awhile ago already, and now I’m just resting.) and “Did you have …

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My Tough Wisconsin Grandpa

January 16, 2017

I love this photo of my grandpa trying out the neck massager. He is a tough Wisconsin farmer. A boy who grew up in pioneer country in Depression-era America, who cleared stumps from fields with dynamite and endured below zero weather while there were still bedbugs and wood stoves. In the rough-hewn cabin where he was born, he remembers his dad staying up at night …

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