Hospitality and Forgiveness

Keep it Real Wednesday August 17, 2022 What have I learned (Part 6, Hospitality and Generosity Lessons from Rosemary Hospitality and Generosity Our home was always open to everyone and it seemed to be a place where people could take a deep breath and relax.  Generosity and hospitality were abundant. In the mid 80’s I found myself in a situation …

What have I learned from Rosemary (Part 5)

August 10,  2022 What have I learned from Rosemary (Part 5, Never a stranger) Mom never met a stranger.  Rosemary had a wide range of friends spanning over many years and states we lived in. Her kindergarten best friend of 90 years was Sister Anne Cecile and they spoke every week. Rosemary kept in touch with Dr. Soled, the physician …

Keep it Real Wednesday

August 3, 2022 What have I learned (Part 4, Wit) Lessons from Rosemary Wit My mother was quick witted up to the day she passed away.  When the hospice nurse arrived to introduce herself just a few days before Rosemary passed away, my mother held out her hand and said, gently and sweetly as she extended her hand to shake …

What have I learned from Rosemary? Part 3, Humility

Keep it Real Wednesday July 27, 2022 What have I learned (Part 3 Humility) Lessons from Rosemary Humility My mother grew up in the great depression and she said it was the HAPPIEST time in her life. Her family had little but shared much. They gave to others from their own need and never looked past another human being.  As …

What have I learned from Rosemary (part 2, forgiveness)

Keep it Real Wednesday July 20, 2022 What have I learned (Part 2, Forgiveness) Lessons from Rosemary, Part 2 Forgiveness Those closest to me know that I can be one to hold a grudge sometimes. It’s something I am actively working on and a work in progress. But my mother was the opposite. Rosemary was a very forgiving person and …

What have I learned? (Part 1, overview)

Keep it Real Wednesday July 13, 2022 What have I learned (Part 1, overview) On June 26th, we held a Celebration of Life for Rosemary. The service was everything we had hoped it would be to celebrate her beautiful life. At one point, we all applauded Rosemary, right there, in the church for a life well lived, some even giving …

Let them love…

Keep it Real Wednesday July 6, 2022 Let them love …. Exactly 12 years ago, our daughter Amanda and husband Will got married.  They were 19 years old. Will received military orders from the Army to live in Germany for a few years and their young love hearts were broken at the prospect of being apart. The stars aligned and …

Can I give you a hand?

Keep it Real Wednesday June 15, 2022 Can I give you a hand? A few weeks ago, I was attempting to save a pan of burning butter in the kitchen and had a slight mishap with a floor and a wall. The result was a severely sprained ankle with some ligaments that tore from the bone but thankfully it was …

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Keep it Real Wednesday June 8, 2022 Let’s start at the very beginning THANK YOU for following the Blessing Bike and reading these weekly Keep it Real Wednesdays. For those of you who have been on the journey with us from the start, this will be a repeat to you.  But for those of you who have joined our Blessing …

Celebrating Rosemary

Keep it Real Wednesday June 1, 2022 Celebrating Rosemary For many years, Rosemary loved talking about the details of her own funeral. Yet, towards the very end Rosemary performed her last selflessness act and asked that we not have a service for her at all.  Why? I believe she worried about Wade and his immunity because of his recent stem …