My Mother’s Hands

Keep it real Wednesday My Mother’s Hands September 30, 2020 I was sitting next to Rosemary in church last weekend and glanced at the tiny hands in her lap.  I studied them for the first time in a really long time. They were smaller than I remembered, and looked very fragile.  When did her hands look so old?  I was …

Heaven preparing our way…

Keep it Real Wednesday September 23, 2020 Heaven Preparing Our Way One day last month Rosemary was feeling under the weather and decided to go to bed a little earlier than normal. Around 8p that evening, I heard her call out to me and I hurried to her room. She asked me to sit on the side of the bed …

It’s More

Keep it Real Wednesday September 16, 2020 It’s more This past weekend, Wade and I delivered a bike to a family who wanted it for their 92-year-old father. As we loaded the bike on the trailer for delivery, Rosemary grabbed my arm and asked me to sit down and tell her all about the family.  I shared what I knew …

Words to Live by

Keep it Real Wednesday September 9, 2020 Words to Live By My daughter called a few days ago from St. Louis to talk to her Grandma Rosemary and just catch up.  I tried to give them both privacy on the phone so I stayed out of the room for the most part and would wander in and out in case …

Hi Mom!

Keep it Real Wednesday September 2, 2020 Hi Mom!! Back in the 1970’s, prior to cable TV, sports were only viewed on 3 stations – ABC, NBC and CBS. Wide World of Sports was broadcast by ABC once a week, usually on Saturdays. Live interviews with athletes were rare. When an athlete knew the National TV camera was on them, …

Message from Shelby

Keep it Real Wednesday Message from Shelby August 26, 2020 Happy Wednesday! This is Shelby writing to you today hoping to encourage you by sharing a few things I have learned from my Grandma. I have never had to wonder where my sassy Irish genes came from because if you know Grandma Rosie, you know she is full Irish. Just …

It’s the Why

Keep it Real Wednesday August 19, 2020 It’s the WHY For those of us who may struggle with getting weary sometimes, I have a message for you today. Two years ago, I chose to retire to care for Rosemary fulltime. The Blessing Bike was born and evolved into a nonprofit and the bulk of free time (and that of our …

3 Hankies

Keep it Real Wednesday Three hankies August 12, 2020 The night before Rosemary married Raymond, her friends and bridesmaids, Ginny and Lettie, spent the night with her as was customary in those times. At the crack of dawn my Grandmother, Rosemary’s mother, burst into the room where the 3 girls were sleeping soundly.  My grandmother stood uncomfortably in the doorway …

Helping Hand

Keep it Real Wednesday Helping hand August 5, 2020 This past weekend I celebrated my 60th birthday and decided to commemorate it by renting a gigantic blow up Slip and Slide on the hottest day of the year in our front yard. Neighbors gathered and we all squealed like kids as we took a running jump on our bellies and …

Rose are red….

Keep it Real Wednesday Roses are red…. July 29, 2020 Wade and I were crawling around in our attic in search of some old documents when I came across a box of yearbooks and trinkets from junior high and high school. In the middle of this hot summer day, sitting in the attic above the garage with sweat pouring down …