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 …

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 …