Seasons

Keep it Real Wednesday December 7, 2022 Seasons Yesterday I had a memory pop up on Facebook from 2017 when Rosemary was 91 years old.  Wade and I brought her to the Idaho Botanical Gardens, Winter Garden Aglow, in a wheelchair to experience the Christmas lights on a snowy winter evening.  We bundled her up in blankets and she enjoyed …

1 year later…

Keep it Real Wednesday November 30, 2022 1 year later On December 6th, we will be CELEBRATING Wade’s ONE-YEAR stem cell transplant birthday.  As you can see from the pictures, he has come a LONG way in a year. We are so very grateful for remission and are thankful for each day he remains in remission.  (Side note, Wade is …

Serendipity

Keep it Real Wednesday November 16, 2022 Serendipity One evening last week The Blessing Bike was invited to speak at a fancy function in downtown Boise.  As I was getting my clothes ready, I looked down at my dingy black shoes and knew it was time to go shoe shopping.  A memory of an old friend was circling in my …

Winter Coat Surprises

November is here and the weather has changed in Boise, Idaho.  We are all starting to pull out our wardrobe of winter wear such as sweatshirts, rain jackets, winter coats and cozy cardigan sweaters. As I reach in the closer for something to throw on as I walk out the door, the first place my hand goes is into the …

Blessing Bike Community

Keep it Real Wednesday October 26, 2022 Blessing Bike community Last week I posted a question to you all on social media. I asked you to help us find a way for a blessing bike to get to a senior living center in Preston, Idaho.  What resulted was the post being shared 53 times with over 4,800 people interacting with …

Note to Self

Keep it Real Wednesday Note to Self October 19, 2022 Thank you all for your kind notes, comments, and suggestions after my Wednesday post last week.  TOGETHER, I think we have many options in moving forward with Wednesday’s writings. I’m tremendously grateful for our Blessing Bike community. In reading through some of the comments and personal emails one thing has …

It’s Time

Keep it Real Wednesday October 12, 2022 It’s time… One of Rosemary’s favorite things to do on the blessing bike was to look at our shadows.  She would wave with vigor at our shadows, and smile with a giggle as she would tell me “Jill, quick…take a picture of our shadows!”   I treasure those pictures of our shadows now. …

Story Telling

Keep it Real Wednesday October 5 ,2022 What have I learned from Rosemary (Conclusion, Story Telling) Rosemary loved to tell stories and had a steel trap of a mind in retelling them.  She could remember every detail about events and people and times in history. I too have many stories to share, many of them you may have read on …

Love

Keep it Real Wednesday September 28, 2022 What have I learned from Rosemary (Part 12, LOVE) My siblings, Judy, Mike, and I grew up in a household of LOVE.  We knew we were loved.  There was never any question. Rosemary loved her family deeply – ALL OF US ……whether we lived in the same 4 walls and saw each other …

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Faith

Keep it Real Wednesday September 21 ,2022 What have I learned from Rosemary, (Part 10, Faith) Our parents raised us in the Catholic church.  We attended mass on Sundays and all three of us kids attended CCD Religious education and received all of our sacraments.  Rosemary gave us the gift of knowing God.  We prayed before every meal, and we …