Reflecting on 2017

Reflecting on 2017

2017 Nov-Dec As I sit and think over 2017 (is that really the truth?) I realize it has been a wonderful year with two more months to enjoy. I will admit that time seems to be going faster and faster with each additional wrinkle. However, I’d have it no other way. When...
Memories from TCF National Conference

Memories from TCF National Conference

Memories from the 2017 TCF National Conference 2017 Sept-Oct Summer is over and now we are heading (faster than I’d like) to a new year. We had lots of good and not so good packed into three months. I imagine everyone can say the same. I am just not certain if I...
I Get It

I Get It

I Get It 2017 July-Aug Sometimes I cannot believe I am sitting here writing about my beautiful daughter Amanda. I have trouble breathing when I tell stories about her, like she is no longer here. Then it hits me! I realize she is no longer here, and that is why...
A Lesson to Share

A Lesson to Share

A Lesson to Share 2017 May-June Today I packed up the last box for our move in two days. In 52 years of marriage we have had at least fifteen moves. Most of them were with the USAF, but some were in the years after. Each time I pack the last item, or unpack the last...
The Year Ahead

The Year Ahead

The Year Ahead 2017 March-April Every year I dread February, and this year was no different. However, now that Mandy’s anniversary has passed I feel better. It’s time to face the year and I’m really excited about what is planned. I hope I can get all...
Not Ready for February

Not Ready for February

Not Ready for February 2017 Jan-Feb As I sit down to write this letter I’m still waiting for Christmas to come. This year I’m a little less apprehensive than I have been the past seven years. That’s good. However, no matter how ready I think I am,...
The Holiday Season

The Holiday Season

The Holiday Season 2016 Nov-Dec This year I am ready for the holidays. I cannot believe it, but I AM ready.  Certainly not because of anything I have done, but just the same I’m ready.  Every year I wonder how I will survive the season with all of the memories and...
Focusing on How They Lived

Focusing on How They Lived

Focusing on how They Lived 2016 Sept-Oct The other day I was in the Base Exchange at Patrick AFB and all of the school supplies were out in special displays. A couple of days later we were in Walmart and the aisles were full of people getting everything they needed...
Other’s Grief

Other’s Grief

Other’s Grief 2016 July-Aug We were in Georgia ” babysitting” for our daughter and son-in-law’s three beautiful children, 14, 13, and 11. Please don’t tell Sam (14 year old) that I said he was beautiful! They are amazing young people who are...
TCF Saved my Life

TCF Saved my Life

TCF Saved my Life 2016 May-June When our daughter, Mandy, died in 2009 I just didn’t know how I was going to survive. I had trouble breathing. I could not sleep. I couldn’t cry. My husband, on the other hand, could sleep, and cried all of the time....