Alli

"I' won't have a special ribbon when I graduate, will I?" Alli asked. I looked at my youngest, as tears welled up in her eyes. She watched as her older brother reluctantly posed for graduation pictures in the high school cafeteria, a purple ribbon around his neck. My heart broke for her. The year before,…

Thursday’s Thoughts: November 6th, 2019

A month or so ago, my oldest asked, "How did you know when you loved Dad?" How did I know? Reed and I met on a blind date arranged by mutual friends. Our friends came with to make the date a little less awkward. He was tall with broad shoulders and sleepy blue eyes (classic…

Thursday’s Thoughts: October 31st, 2019

This is Quinn: Isn't she precious?! I mean, really. Just look at her. Best. Dog. Ever. Of course, I may be a bit biased. (You know, my view may be slanted. I see the good; I overlook or ignore the not-so-good.) For example, she's a snuggler, but she's not so good at listening. (Unless a…

Not Quite the Weekend I Had Envisioned

Last weekend was supposed to be (that's your spoiler alert right there) race weekend. Alli (my baby) and I had registered months ago, airline tickets had been purchased, and training was complete. Unfortunately, (spoiler alert #2) life does not always go as planned. For starters, the day before heading back to Wisconsin, my uncle passed…