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Good Grief

      My grandpa died this week. In some ways, I was prepared for his passing, if one can actually prepare for such a thing. His Dementia had grown increasingly worse. I visited him a few weeks ago for the last time. I said good-bye to him that day. It was impossible for me to hold back my tears. Conversation was difficult–for both of us. His memory and physical strength had grown so weak. I drove away that day praying God would take him home.

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My Bad

This week I made a big mistake. I have learned a lot from it. Alot.
Let me back track. Our oldest daughter, Addison, has Down Syndrome. She is getting ready to start her 5th grade year. When she was born, I thought the early years were difficult: full of therapists and developmental delays. Navigating the challenges of the early years simply built a strong foundation for us to persevere through elementary school days. We have had a good experience, mostly.

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Inspiration From an Inner Tube

This past week, we took a family vacation to Northern California—my husband’s old stomping grounds. I’m a SoCal girl. While we grew up in the same state, but there are significant differences north to south. I’m a “beach person.” Northern Cal residents tend to be “lake people.” So, not to be outdone, I lathered up the bug spray, venturing into the great outdoors to spend many hours on a boat… in a lake.

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One Word That Can Change Your Life

This time last year I was scared. Terrified, actually. I remember.
I remember because usually life doesn’t change much. We tend to do the same things year after year. That’s certainly true of our Tribe. We are doing some of the same things, but this year it feels different. This time last year, Marcus and I went to Vegas. We stayed in a different resort, but The Strip was the same. We did mostly the same things: ate good food, lounged by the pool and talked a lot.

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I’m Just So Tired

I posted a cute little pic of my kids and their dad on Instagram this past Father’s Day. The photo was taken in a jail cell at the old Police Headquarters here in San Diego. I quipped some clever caption, comparing and contrasting my husband’s amazing parenting as opposed to mine. The picture was a joke, but the fact is, I’d prefer my kids behind bars some days. Unlike me, his steady hand is never irrational.

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