She’s 99!

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My grandmother turned 99 on May 8th. We gathered a few weekends ago to celebrate her. And us. My brother Joel brought his granddaughter who would be my grandmother’s great, great granddaughter! I’ve never been in the presence of great-greats before! She’s the dark-haired beauty sitting with the nephew in the yellow t-shirt. Grandma was so happy when Lola decided …

Home Sweet Home

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The past eleven days have been the most crazy, busy, fun days I’ve had in awhile. Sadly, all without my hubby. On the 11th I attended the Ohio State v. Miami Hurricanes game. I hadn’t been in the Horseshoe in over 23 years and was simply overwhelmed at the grandness of the stadium. Twenty-five years ago this December I graduated …

Five “New” People who touched my life in 2009

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Two days before Christmas, I met my college friend Suzanne Brubaker (nee Cantwell) at a Starbucks south of Indianapolis. We talked for 3.5 hours. Not having seen each other in 15 years or so, exchanging only Christmas and Birthday notes throughout the years, I was confident the young woman who impacted me during sorority rush 24 years ago would impact …

Christmas Eve Eve

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I’m in Indianapolis visiting family, waiting for the Big Day. I already know one present. Hubby had to ask my opinion. I’m off to meet an old college friend for coffee, so more on that later, but what are some of your favorite Christmas memories or gifts. Do you like to be surprised or do you prefer to help pick …

The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren

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Okay, let me tell you my version of how this book came about. A few Novembers ago were in Nashville to attend our friend Anne Horch’s (nee Goldsmith) wedding. Friday night, Susie tuned into her son’s football game via the Internet. His team was in the championships. Saturday afternoon, as we got ready for the wedding, I watched the Ohio …

A weekend with family

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I drove to Knoxville for the weekend with Lola to see my Mom, baby brother and baby sister. Middle brother and big brother couldn’t make it. We had a blast. So fun to hang out, and run with the kids at the park. The closeness in Grandma’s living room got a bit… hmm… close! But it was worth it. My …

Sitting in Dunkin Donuts on a Wednesday morning

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My car’s in the shop, thus I’ve been thrust into the Dunkin Donuts next door to wait and work. So far, resisting donuts has been easy. I do love a good donut, but hate the fat-and-I’m-still-hungry feeling that follows. All. Day. Tomorrow I take off for Tennessee to see my mom, youngest brother and youngest sister and their broods. I …

Getting in the holiday spirit

Rachel Hauck Ami McConnell, Anna Wilson, Billy Dean, Bluebird Cafe, family, friends, Knoxville, Monty Powell, Nashville, Thanksgiving, Thomas Nelson 2 Comments

It’s not snowing outside, but I’m getting in the Christmas spirit. Of course, the last time it “snowed” in central Florida was ’89 and I-75 turned into a parking lot. We had a great Thanksgiving with my family in Knoxville. My mom’s home is always so cozy and inviting. I inherited my aversion to over head lights from her. We …