31 Days of Aging Grace ~ Silhouette: Outline of Goodbye

We left at "O-dark-thirty", as the husband says, in the cold, rainy, dark of morning... truck and trailer filled with the last of Dad's big tools... A stop for coffee in California farmland... Then up and over the Siskiyou mountains... clouds outlined against sky... a first dusting of snow on the peaks... It feels odd to carry …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ Such Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. That was my grandfather's favorite hymn.  A favorite of many I'm sure.  I get a little teary-eyed... especially when bagpipes play it. Next week I'll be thinking of him and others, …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ Perfect. Not.

We are all perfectly imperfect because that's how God made us..... We just need to be ourselves, because no one else will do..... Love never fails, I've seen it in action... and because He says so..... God's promises are true.  Period. That's what being mom to the four I've chattered about this week has taught me... …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ Fly Boy Courage

In 5th grade he competed in the science fair. He borrowed my blow dryer.  We bought him poster board.  He scrounged some clear plastic wrap, string and yards of his favorite substance… duct tape. He hand carved a tiny plane.  He fashioned a wind tunnel. And the little plane flew. It was the most popular …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ No Hurry Today

I'm in a hurry to get things done, Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun. All I really got to do is live and die, but I'm in a hurry and don't know why This song by Alabama used to make me think of a son... the one who was in a hurry …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ Ninja Grace

It was a hard day... the day we left Alaska. We teamed up with a trucker friend named Barry.  His wife had left him and he was on a mission to find her and make amends. So there we were, heading down the Alaska Highway... three depressed adults, four active boys, one big rig, a van …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ Army Strong

He honorably finishes a six year enlistment with the Air Force.  They teach him to be a carpenter.  He likes to build things. After the Air Force he finds the 8 to 5 work day world not so fulfilling and enrolls in college. He misses the camaraderie of military life and joins the Army National Guard… …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ They Teach Me

Awhile back I began to write a "kind of" Alaskan version of Little House on the Prairie. You know, we could call it Little House on the Permafrost or Little House on the Tundra... I don't know.  Neither one grabs me.  And it doesn't really matter because the story isn't finished. Anyway, my goal is to share family history with my sons.  There's …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ Big

He teaches us to love big like the ocean... Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything [without weakening].  1 Corinthians 13:7 Today I'm also joining the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. And don't forget to …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ On Being Wimpy With Spreadsheets

Day Thirteen I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post every day for 31 days… to join a bunch of bloggers I don’t even know… and write? One post missed already.  Missing a few more won’t matter. Don't think I can keep up with them... It’s amazing how …

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