Some Florida Things

We are just back from Pensacola, Florida where we went to see my sister’s boyfriend retire from a 23-year career with the Navy. It was such a moving ceremony and it was an honor to be there. The retirement ceremony took place in the National Naval Aviation Air Museum which is such an amazing place. […]

An Engagement!

Two weeks ago our oldest Lindsey got engaged to her boyfriend Morgan. He took her to a little winery that has become “their place” and proposed to her in the vineyards. The super sweet owner of the winery helped him with a lot of the details, and then Morgan had parents, grandparents, siblings, and a […]

A Places to Go and Things to Do List

Do you have a bucket list? I have put together lists like these in the past but they felt overwhelming and like too much pressure. Lately, however, I’ve circled back around to this idea and have begun creating a list of things I regularly think and dream about, but in a no pressure kind of […]

And He’s Off to New York

Last month our youngest, Grant, graduated from Saint Louis University and started a new job in … New York City! You guys, I’m not gonna lie, this development has been tough on this mom, but he is absolutely living his dream, so it’s all good. It’s great, actually. He is living in Brooklyn for the […]

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

So, funny story. Two years ago this week, Lindsey and I were in New York to be on the TODAY show. (Did you miss our 4 ½ minutes of fame? You can see them here.) The next day was rainy – very rainy – and we were killing time in a bookstore in the basement […]

On Being in a Book Club

Our book club began in a grade school parking lot. A few of us who had pickup duty began talking about it, we each invited a couple of others, and the club was born in this most casual of ways. It stuck, too. Unlike clubs that seem to work on paper but don’t in real life […]

Lake Weekend

Last weekend Tom and I took Grant and seven of his high school friends to the Lake of the Ozarks for his birthday. Lindsey went too, brave soul. We stayed in two trailers owned by Tom’s mom: boys in one; Tom, Lindsey and me in the other. This is the fourth year we’ve done this. Can I tell […]

Simplifying Idea: Use Your Email Inbox as a To-Do List

Recently I was getting a long overdue allergy shot, and I commented to the nurse that it was somehow harder to get there once a month than it had been when I was coming in once a week. She told me that she hears that all the time, and asked if I had signed up […]

When an Introvert and an Extrovert Get Married

  A number of years ago – ten or more – Tom and I walked into a social function at church. It was either a casino night or a wine tasting (we’re Catholic so those are normal church functions for us), and as I scanned the room I said to Tom, “I don’t see any […]

Simplifying

I haven’t been to an estate sale in months. I get the emails and page through the pictures of what’s for sale, but not much appeals to me. It seems that these days I’m more interested in editing the contents of my house and my life than adding to them. This isn’t a new phase. Years […]