I regret that I didn't write and share photos more in 2017 in this special space. The loss of Grandma Mary at the end of 2016 extinguished a spark in my heart. I worried that the spark could never return. I now know that her death changed me, Leah, as I know myself, evermore. It … Continue reading Dearest Don Raine – This Was 2017
Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you. We miss you.
While Dan rested over the weekend, Raine and I finally checked out the Peoria Riverfront Museum with our friends John, Kate, Marlena, and Penelope. It was a beautiful day so we also spent time playing at the park by the Riverplex, where there is a super cool zip line. Watching Raine and Marlena interact is such a … Continue reading Valentine’s Day
Much love to you and yours. I hope even when there is struggle, this time of year can bring you comfort, hope, and gratitude for what you have.
Dearest Don Raine, When you were an infant, I opened the first page of a special journal and wrote to you. I never picked it up again after that; my apologies. You will learn that habits need at least 30 consecutive days to establish themselves definitively in our lives and I certainly didn't give it 30 … Continue reading Dearest Don Raine
So let's talk about life lately. We are nearing the end of July, folks. Summer is pretty busy, isn't it? It certainly has quite a zeal to it. If it were fall or winter, I suspect we would be judging our busyness and blaming it on "back to school" or the holidays, or this or that. … Continue reading Lately In Life
There was a beautiful opportunity that opened up for us to renew our wedding vows on Valentine's Day. In three weeks, I planned a small ceremony for us with our siblings, Doug and Rachel, and enlisted a few friends and community members to help us put it together at the last minute (on a shoestring budget). … Continue reading Our Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony
Thank you to our dear friends Lorri and Carmen, who gave us these matching bracelets for Christmas. It is such a special gift--so lovely and thoughtful and keenly appropriate--I just don't have words. They are beautiful pieces, designed by Lisa Gaffney of Heart and Sol Designs, and inscribed with the custom phrase that I wrote in my … Continue reading Lovely Gift: Our Bracelets
These are all photos taken by our talented friend, Christie, for our holiday cards. I can't even tell you how much I love them. We were at Cana's Feast, and those are my beloved mountains in the background. I'm not one to wear bright red, or even put Raine in bright red, but it happened … Continue reading Christmas 2014