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A Year of Support

Recently, I had a devastating experience. I punched the button on my answering machine, expecting to delete an unwanted message when an announcement suddenly blared, “All old messages deleted.” I grabbed the phone and screamed, “No! No!” This couldn’t be happening! I had saved one last message from my husband on that machine and now it was gone forever. I spent the day grieving the loss of hearing Carl’s voice at the touch of a button. A voice that was strong and healthy before his illness that

Black and White

Some things just aren't black and white.

Dancing Through the Decades

With each new decade comes life changes.

A Mother's Heart

Being a mother means giving and receiving unconditional love

Finding the Funny Bone

Not all hospital trips are scary, some can be filled with humor and joy!

The Blessing of Brothers

Louise shares her favorite memories about her brothers.

Dancing Through Life

Two friends who have found their soul-mates later in life.

The Truth About Marriage Proposals

When you are truly in love, you don't have to ask.

The Miracle of Christmas

Louise remembers simpler times during the holiday season.

Surprise for a Salesman

In the year 1972, Fuller Brush salesmen roamed the streets, selling their wares of household items.

LOUISE: Wives with Heavenly Husbands

Women can help support one another through difficult times.

A 50th Class Reunion

Louise visits her high school for her 50th reunion and reminisces about all the wonderful things she learned, inside and out of the classroom.

Avon Calling

It’s kind of sad when the arrival of the Avon lady is the highlight of your day, but when you are a stay-at-home mother of three, it can be a delightful distraction.

The Microwave Mishap

My son, Aaron, suggested I let my readers in on some of the crazy things that have happened to me, saying, “If you can’t think of anything, I can give you plenty of information.” What in the world could he mean?

A Heart to Give

Several years ago I met John Patterson, an amazing man with a story to tell.

Crossing Over

The Love of a Lifetime

Heavenly Valentine

I have always had a special affection for valentines—not those five-dollar cards that require extra postage or the commercial packages of kid’s cards with their tiny envelopes. Not even the beautifully decorated heart-shaped boxes of candy, though I wouldn’t turn any of them down.

A Happy and Thankful New Year

Nothing beats an “interruption” in life to shake us up and give us a new perspective. And what better time to happen than around the New Year, overshadowing those time worn resolutions to lose weight, exercise and eat healthy. Oh, there’s nothing wrong with those goals. In fact, we should make them part of our daily routine. But when a sudden, unexpected event puts your life on hold then brings you back again, something wonderful takes place. It’s called “thankfulness.”

Christmas in Any Language

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is baking and sharing homemade “goodies.” One year, just before Christmas, a new family moved into our neighborhood—two houses up and across the street from us. Since I was already baking some Christmas teacakes covered with red, green and yellow sugar crystals, I made an extra dozen for our new neighbors. I placed them in a decorative jar and tied a festive red ribbon around the top.

Telling a Doctor Goodbye

My youngest son, Jay, was born on a late April night in 1976. After the initial shock of learning he had Down syndrome, our pediatrician informed us that he also had a heart murmur and referred us to a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.
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