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Maya and Jacob’s Love


Maya (12) and Jacob (9) are our great niece and nephew who live in Virginia but are visiting their grandparents here in Muskegon. Last week they came to see us but before they visited my sister Judy, their grandma, told them my speech was difficult to understand but if they looked at my mouth while I was talking it might help them to understand.

It didn’t take Maya and Jacob long and they started to understand almost every thing I said. Jacob was so cute because he stood real close to me and as I would say a word he would mouth it while watching me so intently.

Maya was also very sweet and really great at understanding me. On Saturday she brought me a beautiful gift she had made for me. It was a Live Simple Love Like Crazy wall hanging and a beautiful handmade lace card. In the card she wrote “You are so brave and full of hope and happiness.” On the wall hanging she put a quote: “Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.”

Maya and Jacob made me feel so incredibly loved. I think they are very brave, full of hope and happiness, too.

I love you Maya and Jacob.


The Dash


If you’ve never read The Dash Poem written by Linda Ellis, you should. Linda Ellis wrote a beautiful poem about what the dash represents in a person’s life between the year they were born and  the year they died.

I first heard about The Dash Poem at  Kenneth Leroy Harris’ funeral in 2007. Ken’s son Dave Harris painted a beautiful picture of his dad’s life between the years 1928 and 2007. I really didn’t know Ken Harris before I attended his funeral but wished I had based on the story David told about him. It sounded like Ken Harris’ dash was fulfilling.

Ever since David gave that great Eulogy at his father’s funeral I’ve thought about what I want my dash to be like. I want my dash to be:

1956 – “She was generous, kind and she loved abundantly.” – 20??

Enjoy The View


Because I’ve always been pretty social, I’ve always overbooked our schedule. Ask Mark. Sometimes I would pray to God to slow me down so that I would have more time to read, learn and grow. I prayed I would slow down so I’d have time to sit and stare out the window at Muskegon Lake and truly enjoy the beauty right in front of my eyes because I was usually too busy planning for my next adventure with family and friends.

Well, I never did slow down but through listening and learning from my family and friends, I grew and thoroughly enjoyed the view.

Live Simple


Live simple. It feels great!

  • Organize your home with less clutter. A major benefit is less dusting.
  • Clean out your closets and drawers so you know what you have.
  • Give your stuff away before it rots or becomes obsolete. Someone will love it and use it.
  • Know what and where you spend your money. Make a budget!
  • Make a list of things to do and check them off.
  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Make out a Will.
  • Hang around positive and loving people because it makes life easier.
  • Take a walk in the woods and enjoy nature. It’s fun and free.