Nana's house is a beauty queen. Home is a gawky 15 year old with braces and stringy hair.Nana's house is clean. Home looks like the entire Spartan offensive line has run through in full pads and cleats after a game in the rain and a run through the pig pen, just for good measure.Nana's house [...]
Month: March 2012
One year ago today, my sister called me with words that changed our lives forever. Andy had collapsed at the gym. They had been unable to revive him. Get. There. Now. Rockville was only a 35 minute drive away for me. Ten minutes into the drive my mom called to say that Andy was gone. [...]
Andrew Bryson Odenthal.
This week marks the anniversary of Andy's death. We miss him terribly. That will come as no surprise. I thought I would take this week to share about him. It will make me feel better to talk about him. Thank you for indulging me. I think I shall do this in random, bullet fashion. Which [...]
The Back Porch
It is a stunning Spring morning. I am sitting on our back porch. Screened in with skylights and a ceiling fan, it is just about the best place in the whole wide world for morning quiet time. Our house backs up to parkland and a dense grove of trees separate our yard from the yards [...]
When my child forgets who is boss.
Teenagers. I have one. A man child. I love him dearly. He is my favorite. *I tell each of my three darlings that they are my favorite*Lately, however, he has been acting like such a...well...teenager. I remember when The Big Boy did this. It lasted about a week. Seriously. A couple of fists through some [...]
Get on with it.
Is it the proverbial "writer's block?" Or is it something more. *that was a statement, not a question*A few months ago, I knew it was time for me to get back on track with some things God wanted me to be doing. Writing, one of them. Exercise, another. Instead, I chose to focus on what [...]
Relay for Life…Boardwalk Fries Fundraiser
Tonight at the Boardwalk Fries in West Springfield, bring this flyer and a percentage of your meal cost will go to the Springfield Burke Relay for Life.
From "Identifying Discontent" Lenten Devotionals, Mosaic Holy Bible
Hollow SacrificeEileen ButtonLike many Catholic children, I gave up sweets for Lent. I remembercreeping downstairs on Easter morning, hoping to be greeted by amarvelous chocolate bunny. After surviving the torturous season ofsacrifice, I could barely wait to nibble the cottontail’s long, delicious ears.I would sometimes be disappointed to find a hollow chocolate crossin my basket [...]
Things I love right now…
In no particular order (i.e. random):fruit. all of it. any kind of it. just give me the fruit.all of the teenage boys in my life right now. my own. my own adopted. all the ones i encounter due to the two aforementioned groups.Shawn coming home tonight. for a week. to cook. all of the 20-something peeps [...]
It’s Random Thursday.
"Randomness is my life." - Me1. I've let the boxes sit for a couple of weeks. The over-whelming temptation to just chuck it all in a dumpster was my cue that I needed to stand down for a time.2. That time is over and I am back to it.3. Stand down has become code-word between [...]