Checklist…. that’s for wimps!

Tunes cranked.

Spirits soaring.

Fine-tuning the perfect catchy phrases. 

I’m set for a knock-your-socks-off speaking engagement…. SPEAKING of my socks!!!

And… my entire bag of clothes!!!!!!

SLAM! Without thinking….  my muscles instantly contracted as I layed on my brakes on interstate and yanked my steering wheel to the shoulder. Opening my drivers door and running to the back of my SUV, I frantically cupped my hands over the window to get a clear look.

Definately nothing to see! 

Not the middle.

Or the back.

OH HEAVENS!  Jammin’ to 80s rock for 140 miles – I’m practically at my destination! MY CLOTHES! I realize I did not have another stitch of clothing with me. It was in the closet. At home.

 

Oh, hysteria!

and the de-ja-vu!

 

On the way to a race – without running shoes. 2010

100 miles from home without my license – and a plane to catch. 2011

FAR from home. Shopping heaven, with no way to pay. Who cares what year that was!

 

Anyone else on a mission – and you don’t sweat the small stuff?

Keep our sights on the big picture – and some details get skipped.

but thts ok. sumtimz you can waddle thru life withut perfcchun! 

htats fun!

 

Laugh when you want to cry!

Cry until you laugh!

And… have a great support system that can deliver!

 

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To the team who delivered this stunning yellow jacket – You’re the zip in the world! And the beat in my tune!

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A Mother’s love…. lives on

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18 years to a newborn. A lifetime.

18 years to a prisoner. Seems like forever.

But losing a Mom 18 years ago … there’s still a lot of live to live.

 

Weddings. Graduations. Births. Ordinary days. 

We all go on.  Raise our families. Couples celebrate anniversaries. We tell stories. We talk about heaven and earth. Where they go when they die.

Mom’s eternity is perfect. And, her motherly love now comes  through a budding daffodil,  spring finches in our trees, coincidences and delight. Theres no denying the beauty in her special signs. 

These signs are glimpses of our hope. Reminders of our times together. This is my Mom and me. On a perfect and rare mother/daughter day… shopping. dragging main. Pampering. Privileges. Homemade buns and chokecherry jelly. That was then.

Now…. its days like today I tell my sons as much as I can about their southern Grandma. Her accent. Her jiggling tummy when she laughs. Her short legs, and huge heart. Her intuitions. 

18 years from now – I’ll just be older than my Mom ever was.

That’s 18 reasons for more mother/son days, more day trips and spontaneous hikes. Longer squirt gun fights and better supplies for forts. Lots of ice cream, less cleaning and dirtier mud fights! Healthier meals and everyone around the table. Stronger morals and forgiveness every day. Less video games and more board games. Less movies and more family videos. Make friends with more strangers and share our gifts. Let the laundry pile, and go run a family mile. Make homemade buns…. often.

Simply: find 18 new ways to say, “i love you.” 

So even if 18 years have come and gone… a Mother’s love lives on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Driving Miss Halie…

This lovable gal - the queen of her high school - the greeter of the hallways - the town's best hugger... and me.

This lovable gal – the queen of her high school – the greeter of the hallways – the town’s best hugger… and me.

Our routine is simple. I stop at her house and take her for a ride. Sometimes she waits for my arrival on the side of the curb – for hours. Oh… and I LAY on the horn when I see her! She waves, and laughs, and cups her face into her short and stocky hands – a common feature in a down syndrome. “Stop it, Kay Kay.” But, I know she loves it!

She manuevers her body in the passenger seat and I take the wheel.

Our first top: the grocery store. We tease and laugh our way straight to the produce department.

“I choooooose…..” she contemplates. Fruit or veggies – then to the front of the store for bottled water – white or pink label. It’s our deal. It’s our thing. It’s perfect.

Then, we climb into my car. I’m in quick – settling our drinks in the holders, and tossing whatever I’d absentmindly thrown in her seat. It’s my Mom Mobile.

But when Halie’s with – it’s the MUSIC MACHINE MEMORY MOBILE! We both turn into rockstars!

We buckle tight for the highlight of our week.

She chooses the DVDs (the rest of the world calls them CDs.)

“My boy!” she squeals! Yep. We’re listening to Toby Keith. Again. Red Solo Cup. Blaring. Loud. and we both laugh. LOUD!

“So fun!” she squeals again! Her hands clap so quickly! She always holds them close to her soul when she claps.

Windows: wide.
Seat heaters: on.
Sunroof: open
Arms: waving at every car!
Halie and Katie: smiling from our souls!

It is so. much. fun.

After I drop her off. We’re both bummed.

But, reading her journal entries after our rides, I know its affecting both of us more than we even know. They go like this, “Go on a drive wth Katie and listen music 🙂

But… it’s so much more.

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Grandpa and 4 grandsons discover old-fashioned fun!

Grandpa and 4 grandsons discover old-fashioned fun!

Thirty minutes after a rare desert rain, their mouths watered, their eyes darted from tree to tree at their first look at a citrus orchard. We’re wheat farmers, and pumpkin growers – and we know the hard work, and endless hours during harvest… and within an hour, we’d filled 5 super large bags of lemons, grapefruit, and oranges. The thorns were surprising, the fruit’s perfection was magnificent – the hunt was so addicting! Everyone’s job now: to carry a bag through airport security and get them back to the north country. Success. They sit in our pantry – and in the middle of a winter storm in North Dakota, we can savor the fresh, tangy zip of fresh fruit! Oh Arizona… how we envy you from October to May.

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A girl… and my 5 guys!

A girl... and my 5 guys!

Living with 5 guys is nothing less than a little crazy! Chaotic! Smelly and fun! Our home’s sheet rock is marred and shows the rambunctious life we live! But people gravitate to us. For our stories. For a piece of the action! Why else would they name an entire restaurant “5 GUYS” unless the world wanted a look at what its all about!

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