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The Law of Your Mother

January 5, 2017

When I was little, my Mom spent so much time with my sister, brother and me, talking with us, teaching us, cautioning us of dangers to watch out for, etc. I know I took her counsel to heart and so many of the things she said to me when I was quite young are ingrained in my memory. I remember one day being out doing some yard work together and her saying how important it was to work hard because…

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December Babies

December 29, 2016

(Pictured above: My Mom, Carole Grace – furthest left – with her 5 older siblings, plus sister-in-law, Helen.) Today is Dec 29th and it has just occurred to me that my husband, Gilbert, is now a year older…39 today! My Mom turns 79 on December 30th, so they are basically 40 years apart. My Mom always tells my husband how glad she is that they are “neighbors” with their birthdays so close together. 🙂 There is a cute story in…

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Family Ties

June 29, 2016

When my husband and I named our 3 daughters, we created “family ties” to our homelands. Our eldest daughter, Holland Grace, was named after my husband’s Dutch heritage and she was given her maternal grandmother’s middle name. Our second daughter, Madison Isabel, was named after Madison, Wisconsin, the capital of my home state of Wisconsin, USA, and she was given her paternal grandmother’s middle name. With our youngest daughter, we chose Adelaide Rose, to represent our life in Australasia, Adelaide…

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First Lessons

June 14, 2016

This week I get the chance to go visit my 8 year old daughter’s year 4 (3rd grade) class and talk to the kids about money…about the importance of learning how to accurately add and subtract 3 or 4 digit numbers, so they can count their pocket money, ensure they are given correct change when buying something, etc. To make it interesting for them, I plan to bring in a little sample of some foreign currency that we’ve collected on…

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The Past Is Like A Jigsaw Puzzle

May 24, 2016

Hardly a day goes by when I am not using my crochet hook. I recall when I was a girl, I  sometimes used a small ivory crochet hook that my Mom had inherited. I used it to the point where the end of it broke off and it could be used for crochet no longer. Today, I thought to ask my Mom about the ivory heirlooms, which include this hors d’oeuvres fork. Here was her reply: “I believe they were…

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To Live In Hearts We Leave Behind

May 23, 2016

Today’s post is a special guest post, written by my 1st cousin, Jim Edstrom: “My grandmother, Harriet Louise Bone Edstrom, was born on this day [May 21]  in 1903 in Chicago. The name on her birth certificate actually reads, “Hattie Louise,” but she always went by her middle name. She was a devout, good-natured person whose love for her family knew no bounds. She and my grandfather lived above his locksmith shop in Wausau, Wisconsin, and I remember how she…

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Aspiring Great Grandmother

May 9, 2016

Mother’s day this year was full of joy, as it should be. 🙂 My husband, Gilbert, took me and our 3 girls to Rotorua, NZ, for the weekend. We enjoyed some wonderful family time together…great food, fun in the heated outdoor pool and a thermal walk near our hotel. The smell of sulfur is very noticeable in the air in Rotorua and it made us laugh when 5  year old Maddie said she wanted to know “where those eggs were…

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