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On Saying Goodbye. Again.

On Saying Goodbye. Again.


Posted By on Jun 14, 2015

John M Swearingen, 1936-2010, and Charlette M Swearingen, 1936-2014,Married June 13, 1956 Yesterday my family gathered at the cemetery near The Farm. While it hid behind the clouds all morning, the sun made its way out making the already hot and humid air even heavier.… Read More
Life ran away last week. Because we’ve been doing all the things. All the things. We kicked off our summer break at the pool. We went fishing. We ate ice cream and Popsicles and more ice cream. We stayed up late.… Read More
Grace in Small Things: The Third

Grace in Small Things: The Third


Posted By on Jun 9, 2015

1. Morning snuggles with my dog (even though she’s not supposed to be on the bed; shh). I woke up bright and early this morning, and the dog heard me stirring in the bed. So she hopped up, snuggled up against me, and we both lounged for awhile longer—until a child snuggled into bed with us.… Read More
This post is sponsored by Cedar Point. A barrel of fun. Literally. The boys finished up school on May 28th. The following week, we took off on a fun, overnight adventure at Cedar Point. There’s nothing quite like kicking off a summer of fun at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World.… Read More
You Left When the Peonies Bloomed

You Left When the Peonies Bloomed


Posted By on Jun 6, 2015

You left when the peonies bloomed, their soft petals floated down as your soul, your spirit, drifted away. I spent early days in between the peonies and you, puling weeds and flowers alike; a grandmother’s helper indeed. Their scent brings me to my knees, much the way the scent of your folded tablecloths does; I cannot wash them yet.… Read More