Nonagenarian is a word we don't get to use very often. What an unforgettable day! … [Read more...] about Nonagenarian!
My father is turning 90 soon. That shouldn't be a surprise. He's been 89 for a while. Still, age has a way of sneaking up on a person. Our family is throwing a party later this month. One of my sisters took care of renting a room at my parents' church. My brother assembled a guest list. One … [Read more...] about Nick At Ninety
Growing up, my family took long car camping trips. My father was a principal and my mother was a teacher, so they took full advantage of summer vacation. All seven of us piled into a Ford Galaxy for trips we measured in weeks and thousands of miles. Our trunk was stuffed to capacity and an … [Read more...] about Traveling to the U-P of Michigan with Elderly Parents
The following account was written by my father, Nicholas J. Huizenga, a World War II veteran. He describes a Talons Out Honor Flight he took on May 16, 2015, along with a plane load of other WWII veterans. Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. Nine days ago I joined 105 veterans of World War ll on a trip to … [Read more...] about Honor Flight: a WW II Veteran Reflects
My husband, Doug, is a public school employee. Earlier this week Costco offered a "you can shop here even though you're not a member" event to public school employees. I like to shop at Costco once or twice a year to stock up on paper goods, so off we went. I couldn't do the errand without him … [Read more...] about Love Among the Paper Products
I'm thinking about my husband's face. He's in surgery right now, outpatient surgery on his foot. Routine, they say. Still, as we went through the pre-op protocol, I found it hard to tear my eyes away from him. I love his face so much. He has expressive brown eyes and his brow is starting to … [Read more...] about From The Waiting Room Today
Doug and I got married on a fun date: 8/4/84. I'll save you the math: 29 years. Doug's parents are celebrating their 60th anniversary, and my parents will soon mark their 62nd. So we figure we're about halfway. If we're lucky. I feel very grateful for our years together. They … [Read more...] about Our Wedding Anniversary
Rent one double kayak or two singles for twice the money? Since we were kayaking to celebrate a wedding anniversary, we figured we could withstand a couple of hours sharing a piece of plastic. We were at the north end of Tilghman Island on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and renting a sit-on-top … [Read more...] about Double or Single?
Beaver Island is possibly the biggest island you've never considered visiting. It's in the upper portion of Lake Michigan, a 2-hour ferry ride from Charlevoix. After my husband and I took a boat trip in the Thousand Islands (and yes, I'll admit I did post rather excessively about that) we … [Read more...] about A Trip to Beaver Island
My husband and I went onto our breezeway so I could cut his hair. That way there's no need to sweep up afterward. Scissors in hand, I asked him: "How long have I been cutting your hair?" "As long as we've been married." (That's almost 29 years. I gave him the first haircut when we were so … [Read more...] about Hair Again
This evening I was in the grocery store parking lot, and watched a girl, about nine years old, and her mom, approach their car. Each of them had full plastic bags hanging from their wrists. The girl was talking very fast, very urgently, and the mom was listening intently. Every now and then the … [Read more...] about Fruitful Conversation
Happy Birthday Sweetheart! I love celebrating my husband's birthday. Is there anything better than celebrating another year with the love of your life? I am so grateful for him. Our daughter decorated this amazing cake for her Dad. She was inspired by our family's general Western theme this past … [Read more...] about Birthdays & Bolo Ties