Spice Rack

Anthony made this in about 10 minutes one night when we were struggling to keep our spices in order. I had already gotten the tins, we just needed a good place to keep them where we could see them and easily get to them.

Spice Rack

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These people

We have lunch every week with some of these people and only see the other family a few times a year, but we love them all!

Red Robin with Taylors

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I don’t do it right now, but in 2013 I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon with my friend Beth! We had a lot of fun even though my knee hurt and I cramped up when it was over. It was still a great accomplishment! Yay for us!

2013 Disney Half Marathon

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Between us we have 8 nephews and 1 niece we just met and one niece on the way! To assign Nan had 2 with Rick who then had a third with his next wife, that makes 3. Allison and David have 3, that makes 6. Sarah and Ed have 2 from Ed’s prior marriage. That makes 8.

Here are two of them on Thanksgiving, 2014.

Boys Thanksgiving 2014

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While we were in New York City in 2015 for Sarah’s wedding, we got a chance to attend service at the Brooklyn Tabernacle church. In some ways, it’s too big. But the message was preached and the work is good. I salute the church for handling it’s popularity and keeping it real.

Brookloyn Tabernacle

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Sarah, my sister-in-law

Sarah is wonderful, and loves me well. She came for a week between my surgeries (not that we knew there was a second surgery coming). She is married to a great guy and I am so happy that she is happy. She is good at knowing she’s stepping onto a stage. I look unhappy for some reason. But it was a wonderful day! Any chance to wear my Ao Dai (weddings lately) πŸ™‚

Me with Sarah in Wedding Dress

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This man

This husband of mine has been a true God-send. He has held on tight when I tried to push him away. He has an optimism that doesn’t stop. I seldom see him upset. He has his quirks, but he is faithful and steadfast and quite the caretaker when one has cancer.

I love this man of mine.

Anthony and Laura working

Barbara Streisand singing I loves you Porgy / Porgy I’s Your Woman Now

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Task list for 2015-11-01

I want to start listing some todos. Weekly or monthly. I am late this week so I’ve already done a few of these.


  • Send minutes to Heidi to print

Women’s Ministries

  • Get keys for Synodical Hall to Barbara?
    • Email to Barbara to see if she can meet Anthony
    • Will she get them to the next Secretary?

Spiritual Goals

  • Read Knowing God by Packer
  • Read 2 chapters of Unglued (1&2)
  • Read 2 chapters of A Loving Life (11&12)
  • Prep beach Bible study (we’re getting close, I have to get this done. I decided to organize sheets today instead.)

Marriage Goals

  • Date morning
  • Gratitude
  • Devotions at night

Homemaking Goals

  • organize sheets


  • P90X3 x 5 d;ys
  • Quit Strides

Personal Goals

  • Medical bills called on
  • IBM packet arranged
  • TPN come early for beach trip
  • NaNoWriMo writing – I’m on schedule!
  • Blog goals
    • #30DaysofLittleThings
    • other posts
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My ostomy

While it pains me to say I’m thankful for this pain in the rear, I do have to admit it saved my life so I am grateful to Dr. Jerby and the ileostomy (Lobelia Baggins) and the fistula. They have allowed me to eat and stay alive. Although the TPN has provided most of the nutrition in the past months. But if I had kept throwing up and refusing to digest my food, I wouldn’t have lasted long on this earth. That stupid tumor (hear Schwarzenegger saying that) was pushing on both the large intestine/colon, and the small intestine, so nothing was getting through.

Ah, but I now have my lovely ileostomy and fistula to allow things to pass. And for that I am grateful. Although I’ll also be grateful for the appointment to try to reverse them! (hint hint to God and Dr. Jerby and the universe. πŸ™‚


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This wall of hats

I am grateful to many people and for many things with this wall. When my hair thinned enough that we decided to shave it, I was cold πŸ™‚ (The joke is that I’m always cold these days πŸ™‚

A friend who had been through breast cancer brought her hats over for us to pick out some for me to borrow. Then another friend bought two more plus scarves to wear under them. Then I went to Cure Diva for a few choices. And then Don gave me two Volvo toboggans for the winter. And Mom brought me a toboggan with a pom pom. And then my dear sweet hero of a husband put them up on the wall for me. A wall of awesome love and warmth and style. πŸ™‚


Also note the funky clock my sister brought to me when she visited Halloween weekend. Much love going on in this house, I am so grateful.

Note this verse from Jesus, Lover of My Soul. Although Nate pointed out my head is even more protected since I’m wearing hats all the time πŸ™‚ But it is also nice to be in the shadow of His wing!

Other refuge have I none;
hangs my helpless soul on thee;
leave, ah! leave me not alone,
still support and comfort me.
All my trust on thee is stayed,
all my help from thee I bring;
cover my defenseless head
with the shadow of thy wing.

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