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Cadaver Grafts and Karate Class

karateBradley (age 10), Nathan (age 7) and I were all taking a karate class.  I thought it would be a great way for the boys to learn some discipline and also burn off some extra energy. (which they had a lot of)  Many days, it was a struggle to get them to class, but every once in a while, they enjoyed going. Continue reading

Strolling Thru My 30s

Reflecting back, my thirties were very busy and challenging, but all in all, good years. There were a few bumps in the road, such as job changes, purchasing a different home, and a miscarriage.   My husband and I each had good jobs, we were both happy and healthy.  We were parents of two girls ages five and 10 who were also happy and healthy. Continue reading

The Infertility Mountain

I turned 30 in 1994. Tom and I had moved to Sun Prairie to be closer to my family when we began having children of our own. Unfortunately, starting a family turned out to NOT be so straightforward. And that is the theme of my 30s…infertility.

“You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.” -Anonymous

The Infertility Mountain

Here is my “baby” Eli. Before Tom and I divorced, we separated for a while. Within days of him moving out, I bought a dog.

We began trying to start our family when I was 27. We got divorced, childless, when I was 33. Then I married Craig when I was 35. More infertility work followed. We got Luka and Kadon from Russia in 2006, when I was 41.
It seemed like the goal to start/have a family colored every event of that decade. To say that my clock was ticking VERY LOUDLY is not overstating the facts. Continue reading

Either You Love Country Music, Or You’re Wrong

soundSometimes, there is a sound or a song that I hear and I’m instantly transported back to an event or time in my life. Some of those events are great and others, maybe not so much, but still, those sounds are powerful in their ability to move my memory somewhere else. Continue reading

From Crickets to Waves

Favorite sounds.  There are actually lots of them.  Life is full of so many different kinds of sound.  I can think of many that are not so pleasant such as a baby crying, car tires screeching, arguing and the list goes on. Continue reading

Music Thru the Ages

I’m really good at identifying the year a song came out. Doing such guessing games with friends–I always associate music with a tie from my life.

“It only takes one song to bring back a thousand memories.”

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I remember Peter Paul & Mary playing on my parent’s beige alarm clock radio. I was laying on their bed and watching my mom getting ready to go out. Her hair was fixed fancy and she was in a dress and was wearing perfume. I thought, “Why does the good music always come on when I’m asleep in bed?” Continue reading