This year was gone in a flash – I can’t believe today is day 365 of 2016. Looking back, it feels like we didn’t do much but I guess not much can add up to a whole lot. So here’s our 2016 year-in-review / holiday card…
My grandma was a faithful reader of this blog. I’m going to miss her comments moving forward. This is the eulogy I shared at her funeral services this weekend: I was born two months before my grandma, Juanita Alloway, turned 50. She died 45 years later, just three months after our final conversation – an interview for […]
Long after we ripped out the holly bushes to repair our foundation… Long after we cut down our oak trees to prevent further foundation damage… Long after the oak trees had killed nearly all of the grass in our front yard… Long after all of that, we finally renovated our front yard landscaping.
So (sew?) I did it…I finally purchased my very first new-to-me sewing machine. [ Insert angelic chorus here. ] For years, I’ve used hand-me-downs from my mom and my mother-in-law. While those machines performed admirably, they both eventually stopped functioning in frustratingly basic areas. Like the machine that wouldn’t backstitch. And the other machine that wouldn’t […]
What does 45 look like? It looks a lot like me. It also doesn’t really seem very different than 44. You see, Kelly’s birthday is the day after mine (happy birthday, love!) so I have 364 days to observe how he handles his age. By the time my birthday arrives, I can comfortably step into […]
I had my second round of stitches removed just over two weeks ago. Scar 2.0 isn’t nearly as “pretty” as Scar 1.0. Those are the breaks, I guess, when you have to have surgery on top of surgery. It’s angry and red, far bumpier and sensitive to the touch. Vanity, vanity…thy name is Shannah. And […]
As I’ve shared, dealing with cancer – even a relatively minor bit – isn’t awesome. If it’s a big deal, it’s things like radiation and chemo. If it’s a minor thing (like mine was), it’s outpatient surgery. (And testing and surgery and testing and thankyouLorditsfinallyallgone!). But even in the midst of the not-awesome – be […]