The Right Gift

Keep it Real Wednesday December 11, 2019 The Right Gift At just 14 days before Christmas, many of us are scrambling to find the right gift for those we love. We are waiting in lines for $9 candle sales, eagerly watching for the Amazon delivery truck, and searching our brains for the things that would make our loved ones feel loved …

The Bells

Keep it real Wednesday The Bells December 4, 2019 When I was in 2nd grade and living in Pittsburg PA, I was very sick with Scarlet Fever and Rheumatic Fever.  I was confined to my bed for weeks with a high fever. Despite being very ill, this period remains one of the most impactful and happy times of my childhood.  My grandmother would …

Gratitude

Keep it Real Wednesday November 27, 2019 Gratitude We are all flooded with reminders to be grateful and thankful this time of year but what does it really mean? At breakfast this morning I decided to ponder the topic of gratitude with Rosemary and see where the conversation led us.  What I heard from my Mother was something I was not prepared for at …

Not Perfect, Just Present

Keep it Real Wednesday November 20, 2019 No Perfect, just present? A few weeks ago, Rosemary and I went on a blessing bike ride to the music store to pick up some new guitar strings for my son’s guitar.  The picture on the front of the store brought back a whirlwind of memories. I have fond memories of Rosemary patiently …

Farty?

Keep it Real Wednesday November 13, 2019 Farty? Today, we celebrate 40 weeks of this blog and I can’t find a better way to celebrate than paying homage to Rosemary’s Mother and my grandmother, Marie Josephine Sweeny O’Malley. Marie was born in Ireland in 1890 and raised in an orphanage until she was 18 years old.  She then immigrated by …

Joy or Happiness?

Keep it Real Wednesday October 30, 2019 Joy or happiness? On Saturday, Rosemary and I had the pleasure of meeting Jean and her Mom Angie for tea and pastries.  The Blessing Bike had brought us together this past summer and this was the second time Rosemary and Angie had met each other.  I watched the two of them and marveled …

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475

Keep it Real Wednesdays October 23, 2019 475 What kind of title is 475 for a Wednesday Blog? It is a title that exposes my truth.  It tells you that even though life may seem wonderful on a bike watching the leaves turn and listening to stories with my Mom …… 475 is still a very big number. November 5th …

Lady of Spain

Keep it Real Wednesday Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Lady of Spain There are so many aspects of the Blessing Bike that I love.  Providing Rosemary an opportunity to experience the outdoors is a gift to us both but I must say one of my favorite parts of the blessing bike is the stories she shares, some of which I have never heard …

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 …