Outlook Articles

The COVID Crisis!

September 1, 2022

Before this story went to print, Jay had to have an emergency abdominal surgery and is in ICU on a ventilator. Prayers for Jay’s recovery! COVID-19! Not something I wanted to experience. I was so careful! I did curbside pickup for groceries and wore a mask if I went into a store. My son, Jay […]

Visiting Mr. Wilson

August 1, 2022

While Louise and Jay are recovering from Covid, Louise asked us to publish one of her favorite columns. The Outlook wishes Louise and Jay a speedy recovery. Today as I drove past a nursing home with beautiful crape myrtles blooming at the windows a memory came to me. Years ago, our church developed a program […]

Weddings and Showers

June 30, 2022

Summer is definitely a popular time for weddings. Always has been. My son, Aaron, and wife, Amy, had a lovely, summer wedding 28 years ago. So much fun! But today’s nuptials and wedding showers are quite different from the ones I grew up with. In fact, by today’s standard, the ceremonial vows my late husband […]

The Reluctant Seamstress

May 31, 2022

My mother was an excellent seamstress, making most of my clothes during my growing up years. Living on a farm and having very little to spend on extras, Mama made most of my clothes out of feed sacks. She would go to the store with Daddy and pick out pretty pastels, flowered prints, and other […]


May 2, 2022

May is a busy, spring month. Along with Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, there are weddings, graduations, reunions, and birthdays. But May often brings a little more than “sunshine” when you live in tornado alley.  When I was young and attending my older brother’s high school graduation, someone suddenly announced there was a tornado coming […]

Jay’s Birthday Celebrations!

April 4, 2022

April is my son, Jay’s birthday month. We’ve had lots of celebrations through the years—45 to be exact. Being as Jay has Down syndrome and severe heart disease, which could not be repaired, doctors told us he would probably never live into his teens so we tried to make every day special, especially birthdays. And […]

March Memories

March 4, 2022

Snow! Cold Snaps! Not my favorite weather! I prefer summer sunshine. But in truth, some of my sweetest memories took place in March snowstorms. My late husband, Carl and I were married at a little Army chapel during a snowstorm at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Two years later, we brought home our firstborn in a […]

A Valentine Blessing!

February 1, 2022

Recently, my non-digital-battery-operated clock quit working. A small, pewter one with little pigs on it. I know, sounds pathetic, but it’s truly cute. I picked it up at a garage sale years ago and it sits on the hearth, near my chair, so I always know what time it is. Granted, my cell phone is […]

New Year~New Beginning

January 1, 2022

In these years since my husband went to heaven, I have fallen in love with classical music. Songs that Carl learned to appreciate years ago in a high school band, but were never my choice of melodies. So now I have to wonder if Carl, in heaven, has grown to love my favorite Elvis music. […]

A Magical Christmas!

December 1, 2021

I’m at the place where Christmas is both past and present. I love family gatherings but also cherish memories of yesteryear. First Christmas as newlyweds. First Christmas as parents. First Christmas as grandparents and everything in between.  Growing up in a little farming community where most families had little money but lots of love, Christmas […]

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