My First Road Ride

Today, I did my first ever road ride. With Marty, of course. I made it 11.7 miles and I didn’t really feel like I did a great job, at first. About a quarter mile before we finished, I had a moment. I will just leave it at that. I had a moment. I finished, though, so that’s not too shabby.…

Grayson Highlands

I’ve been to Grayson Highlands twice now. I went with Marty back in 2020 and again over my birthday weekend this year. I joked that every girl needs ponies for her birthday, so we went back to hike and to see the ponies! Marty is awesome! If you have never been to Grayson Highlands, you are missing out! The ponies…

Tour de Cincinnati

We survived another hospital trip. It is hard to believe that we have been dealing with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome for 25 years now. Some years the boys have had 2-3 bone marrow biopsies with quite a few other surgeries, while other years only one. The doctor performing the biopsy this year decided not to use the iliac crest (back of the…

God uses it All

Tomorrow is my brother Mike’s 60th birthday. I haven’t seen him in 38 years and I don’t even know if he is alive. I’ve tried to locate him several times over the decades to no avail. He’s a heroin addict who has been in and out of the state pen 3 times. He doesn’t know his mother died in 2014…

BIG Dreams, It’s all Downhill from Here!

I’ve always been a dreamer. Not everyone can appreciate BIG dreams. Like they say, “Go big or go home,” so I dream BIG, baby! I love to look at catalogs and dream about what I could do with all the cute things. I like to read travel books and magazines and dream about all the places I could go. What…

Beauty from Ashes

The beauty in life can sometimes be hidden by the trials and tribulations we face. I’ve often said that one cannot know true joy until one has known true suffering or faced trials. God created us to know love and serve Him in this life so that we can be happy with Him in the next. That doesn’t mean He…

Life Happens, Enjoy the Ride

Last weekend, we made the plans to bring my father’s remains to California. We booked airline tickets and got lodging setup. Shortly thereafter, I was on my way to South Carolina and I had a panic attack. Death is always overwhelming for the family members left behind. No matter how death may come to pass, it’s just one of those…

Ineffability, It’s an Adjective.

Some things in life are just ineffable. No matter how one might try, words just cannot express the thoughts and emotions surrounding some things in life. That’s where I’m at this week. Ineffability is my middle name. My dad died back in February and chose to be cremated. The one thing he asked me to do after his death is…

My Little Red Bike

I love my little red bike. I know virtually nothing about bikes, but I know that when I ride the little red bike of mine, my ass hurts less. That’s a good thing! It’s a Gunnar that I bought used at Mock Orange Bicycle shop simply because it felt good and didn’t hurt my ass. Oh, the cute little light…