What does love look like?

Keep it Real Wednesday, October 9, 2019 What does love look like? 30 years ago, I married my soulmate and life partner, Wade Houser.  God had to do some serious planning for us to meet during our relatively short stay in California (I was from the East coast and Wade from Alaska), but our souls connected and there was no …

Sisterhood

Keep it Real Wednesday October 2, 2019 My daughter Amanda was visiting a few weeks ago and looked in horror at some of the bras in my drawer, many which were double digits in age (don’t judge me).   She knows how much I hate bra shopping and said she wanted to introduce me to a store where shopping for bras …

UNCW 1981

Keep it Real Wednesday September 25, 2019 UNCW 1981 Today’s blog is a 38-year overdue thank you to some remarkable people that I didn’t realize I owed a thank you. Backtrack to 1981… My grandmother lived with us the entire time I was growing up.  In 1978, I graduated high school and went to college 4 hours away at University of …

Pacing the Cage

Keep it Real Wednesday Pacing the Cage September 18, 2019 The last week has been quite the roller coaster in our home. At one point, Rosemary remained in bed and was not eating or drinking for a few days. She was ready for her next journey and was saying her goodbyes. Then the following morning she awoke, said she was …

Washer Women

Keep it Real Wednesday September 11, 2019 Washer woman In typical Rosemary fashion, she has begun planning her own exit from this earth.  She is starting to choose music for a service, food to be served and people she hopes to be there for her family.   One day, she was busy letting me know her wishes when all of …

Home

Keep it Real Wednesday September 4, 2019 “Home” (by Amanda and Nick) Home. It looks different to many people. This week, we have a busy house with Nick and Amanda, their significant others and the grand fur children. Nick and I (Amanda) want to paint a picture for you. This is what HOME looks like to us… Grandma is sitting …

Holy Interruption

August 28, 2019 Yesterday, I was in our dining room staring at the laptop and drawing a blank on what to share for this blog. I was also multi-tasking and talking to my daughter in St. Louis at the same time. Then, I heard the clackity clack of Rosemary’s walker entering the dining room and her mouth started sputtering with …

Happy 93rd Birthday Rosemary

Keep it Real Wednesday August 21, 2019 Happy 93rd birthday Rosemary Rosemary’s birthday message ……… Find the joy in every day and love one another. It really is that simple. (pictured….Rosemary at 2 years old in 1928. Full of joy then, full of joy now)

Behind the Scene

Keep it Real Wednesday August 14, 2019 Behind the scenes, Landon Donovan Rosemary asked me to write todays blog together about her experience on Saturday with Landon Donovan and the US National Arena Soccer Team. Rosemary has been a huge fan of Landon for decades, the picture on the left is Rosemary wrapped in the American Flag watching Landon and …

The “Reveal” anniversary

Keep it Real Wednesday August 7, 2019 The reveal anniversary One year ago, on August 10, 2018, our story started when we presented Rosemary with the bike Wade made for her 92nd birthday.   Rosemary hopped on the bike and has ridden nearly every day. What happened next is nothing short of a miracle. In November 2018, Maggie O’Mara of KTVB …