Wellness Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Breakfast was an avocado stuffed whole wheat pita with Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning.

Dinner is multi-colored rotini with broccoli and Engine 2 pasta sauce.

Trying to eat healthy, but it’s pretty tasty, too!

What is in your health arsenal today?

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Memories Monday, June 25, 2018

When I was a child, I wanted to be a nurse, because I shared a birthday with Florence Nightingale. And that’s the sort of job little girls always said they wanted. It did influence me a little that my mom was one, and I was fascinated with all the tubing and other paraphernalia she brought home from the hospital.

How different my life turned out from what I envisioned. I have worked since I was 15, everywhere from a hospital kitchen to building fuel filters for 18-wheelers to medical insurance claims processor. And everything in between….except being a nurse!

It has been a good life overall, however. I have made lifelong friends, I’ve even crossed a few things off my bucket list. It’s been quite a ride!

What memories are you pondering tonight?

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Memories Monday, June 18, 2018

This is my favorite picture of James. He wasn’t even 2 years old, but he was adorable! He never gave me any trouble, unlike his mischievous brother. They were total opposites, from looks to personality to behavior.

Like his brother, however, he was also killed by a drunk driver, 4 years, two weeks and a day later. This coming Sunday will mark 23 years since his death.

I will always miss him.

Who are you thinking about today?

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Memories Monday, June 11, 2018

My Uncle John was who you could call the family photographer. (Along with Aunt Margie) When James was a baby, we stayed with them for a few months. Uncle John loved him so much! He took one of his hats, placed it on his head, and took this shot.

Two years later, we had another extended visit, and since he had one of James, he had to take one of Junior as well. I love these pictures of my boys. They were so cute, and at that time, were such good boys. These memories make me smile.

What memories are you experiencing tonight?

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Scripture Sunday, June 10, 2018

And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.

He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.

Helaman 14:30-31

Book of Mormon

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dinner. A mixture of avocado, seeded plum tomatoes, and roasted red peppers on Eureka bread (kind of a store brand of Killer Dave’s) spread with hummus. And topped with lots of Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning. It was delicious, healthy, and filling!

We went for a walk after dinner, but I didn’t check to see how many steps I took yet.

What are you making for a healthy dinner tonight? I need some good plant-based ideas.

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Memories Monday, June 4, 2018

This is a rough month for me. Forgive me for not posting my regular Scripture Sunday yesterday. I just kept forgetting until it was too late! I’ll be back with a special one next week.

Saturday will mark the 27th anniversary of Junior’s death. Most of the time these days are good. It takes a lifetime, so I’m still learning how to live without him. But June weighs heavy on me. In two weeks is the anniversary of James’s death, but I’ll write more about that then.

I remember how totally and utterly lost I felt when Junior died. It was as if I was floating in space with no anchor, no foothold. So much between us was left undone.

But, as I’ve said before, I wouldn’t have changed the experience of being his mother for the world. He taught me unconditional love and acceptance. And I know this isn’t the end. I just miss him so incredibly much! There are no words. In any language.

Junior, you know the depth of my love for you. And I look forward to that joyful reunion to come.

Who are you remembering today?

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