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Share a Cup and a Story with a Veteran

Sometimes, people just want to tell their stories. Sit down with a veteran and see if they’ll talk to you. You might be surprised at what you learn. Here’s a chat I had with my favorite veteran in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Ever since I’ve known him, my step-dad has loved Folgers® Coffee. Nothing fancy, …

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

High school graduation…triumph, joy, success, fear, wonder, excitement…the emotions nearly overwhelm both child and parent. The unknown looms like a giant playhouse shadow, scary yet thrilling and full of promise. I’m so grateful to have experienced three high school graduations with my children, feeling the overwhelming joy of knowing they were on the way to …

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The DeLaura Family Story

This is the story of the DeLaura-Abate family, who emigrated from Italy in the early 1900s. They were the grandparents of my friend Rita, and this story originated from my love of the family’s Sausage Risotto, a recipe which comes from Rita’s mother’s family. *********************************************************** Port of Naples, Italy – 1901 The young boy twisted …

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The Greatest of These is Love

You know that feeling…it’s late February and you’re all bundled up in sweaters and coats, scarves, gloves. Driving along, minding your own business, lamenting the bitter cold that never seems to end. It feels as if there will never be another spring. And inevitably, that damn groundhog confirmed it just weeks earlier. And then, out …

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Lessons from Ice Skating

Last weekend, I did something I’ve never done before. I went ice skating! I was terrified that I was going to break an ankle or end up with a concussion, especially after I saw the flailing and falling that was happening out on that ice rink. But I’m proud to say I did not fall …

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Rustic Southern Wedding Part Three: The Reception

Special thanks to Dayana Cagle of CDM Photo Studio who provided many of the photos in this post.  Here’s the third and final installment in my Rustic Southern Wedding series. This one is all about the reception. We had so much fun! Our awesome band, The Glow Band, was so great that Brian and Caroline signed …

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Rustic Southern Wedding: The Ceremony

Special thanks to Dayana Cagle of CDM Photo Studio who provided the photos in this post.  Last week, I shared with you some pictures of the lovely outdoor setting where our daughter, Malorie, married her sweet husband, Gavin. Indigo Falls is a wooded fairyland created just to give brides the wedding of their dreams.  Malorie had …

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Good Friends, Good Times and a Cabin Getaway

Here’s a fact about getting older and having older children: they will make their own plans for significant, important days and those plans will most likely not include their parents. We used to look forward to New Year’s Eve because we would spend the evening playing games and hanging out with our kids, but now …

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…and I Will Give You Rest

Things to do… Hurry to the store.Make homemade yeast rolls.Write article.Bake fudge pie.Wash two loads of clothes.Change sheets on four beds.Edit article.Pick up Oregon Pinot.Clean flour off floor.Pay bills.Sew button on blue checkered shirt.Last minute bakery trip for rolls.Find needle. Hurry.Bake.Wash.Shop.Fold.Work.Clean.Do.Pray.Breathe. Thankful… Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give …

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