October 18th, 2016

I’m pretty much at an all-time low. Both personally and emotionally. I bet you’ve been there in your own life at some time or another. (Say you have say you have or else I’ll really feel sorry for myself!)

I don’t know how to beat down the blues I’m starting to feel without turning to something that makes me feel even worse (drugs, drinking and shopping). So, I’m holed up in my house fighting off the temptation to throw in the towel on life and run away to a far away land.

Yea, I’m probably being dramatic. But, I’m low….and low is where your mind goes when you’re L O W !

I have a long list of why’s in case you’re wondering just what it is that has me on the edge of boohoo’n. Life is bananas! And not the too ripe kind that you can make chocolate chunk banana bread out of bananas. It’s the too green to eat without killing your stomach bananas right now and I’m clinging for dear life to what little sanity I have left.

No, my hubby doesn’t have a job. Yes, he did get a severance package. Of course it was a lot less than I imagined it being. Yes, we are facing losing insurance or paying a hefty fee this coming month. No, I still have no idea why I spend 95% of my time in horrible pain from either my left or right shoulder, my arms or my hands and can’t even close my fingers to pick something up. Yes, my kids are moving on with their young adult lives. One is working like a mexican gardener long hours everyday towards his goal of joining the military. One is finishing up a long wished for goal of graduating from college this December. And another is working, plucking away every day at a job that isn’t a career but is certainly making regular deposits into her bank account every two weeks.

Life is continuing but it doesn’t feel awesome. So, I wonder to myself is this what it’s all about? Is this everything I’ve ever dreamed of? The answer is no. And I know I can’t be alone in feeling let down by my life.

I say this from a grateful heart too. Ironic, huh?

I’m a very grateful person. I know that in an instant all these “so called” problems could be made 100 times worse. I don’t like feeling sorry for myself and I certainly am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. I cherish every blessing God has put in my life and believe me, there are so many.

In spite of what’s going on in my world, good things happen too.

So, here I am trying to do whatever it takes to boost ME forward. Part of what I need to do is stay away from social media. It does nothing but raise my blood pressure and break my heart all at the same time. I blame it on my emotion driven personality. I take the garbage people post to heart and I allow it to infiltrate a place inside of me that it never needs to enter.

Maybe you do too.

I’m unplugging. I’m getting away. I’m letting go of the pathetic in exchange for something more eternal. For me, God’s Word is the kind of Truth I need most. I know that there in scripture I will find the truth that I will not find searching or scrolling through a secular world view online. My heart is battered by life, why would I ever seek solace from a mixed up bag of nuts world wide web?

Pray for me, I am not going to soar just because I walk away from the social armpit of the online crazy. I need the Lord to move in my life. I need to see with eyes that love and care for more than what someone posts online about who they’re voting for. I want to be the best version of me that God intends me to be.

Right now, I’m bitter. Angry. Judgemental. Ugly. Disgusted. Cruel. Vicious.

None of those words describe who God believes me to be.

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I’ll be back….

In a Perfect Place

October 14th, 2016

I turned 50 this week. It came in like a silent wind, without a bit of fanfare or hoopla. Unless of course you count the horrendous flare up of pain in my right shoulder, arm and hand, again. I spent my day agonizing and whining and asking for help doing simple things like….pulling up my pants and turning over in bed.

It was awesome.

But, that only lasted for 3 days and I’m finally starting to be me again. Pain changes you. It alters everything, not just the body. Which I’ve finally grasped is pretty much on a bonafied trip of betrayal.

So, day after the big 5 0…my family gathered together to party like rockstars all in my honor! Winning!

Since it was MY DAY and all….I chose to have a little family photo shoot. It’s been way too long since our last family pictures. They aren’t edited yet but I wanted to share a few of my favorites.


Turning 50 isn’t so bad since I know he’ll do the same thing this coming week. It’s a lot of fun having birthday’s 10 days apart.


The three best parts of us.


These grown up kids, I love them.


My son photographed us and told me how much I reminded him of my mother. See, finally….I’m old.


The Galloway family. Perfectly created in God’s image.


The photo shoot was like an appetizer to the rest of the celebration because once we got back home and had dinner my kids surprised me with the sweetest birthday box of goodies —

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This is a pile of L O V E just for me! I cried reading cards, notes and letters from so many who love me and care for me. Memories, photos and funny stories. I can’t even describe how loved I felt. Thank you, Ally for contacting in secret people from all of my life and asking them to love on me just a little for my 50th birthday. It was one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received.

This is a birthday that I’ll never forget.

Here’s an amateur video of me trying to get through just one letter. I was a puddle of emotions. Thank you sweet friends and family. So much.

If You Are Voting For So & So, I Will Attack You With My Words

October 13th, 2016

The closer we get to election day, the meaner we seem to become as voters. Frankly, I’m over it. I don’t click on any links posted on social media. Not the Christian ones and certainly not the hate-filled, mudslinging ones either. They all say the same things and they all want to do exactly what they are doing, cause more division and ugliness.

To which I say….

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No amount of arguing back and forth is going to make any of this better. The opinions are so ramped up and the cruelty coming from people who seemed to be level-headed or nice folks or even “friends” has turned full on vengeful.

What has happened to us?

I’m sorry, but….I’m not interested in slapping each others faces with hurtful words over the election of one or the other Presidential candidates. Both have tremendous faults. Both have much to be disgusted over. Both are pathetic choices. Fighting over why we’re voting for one or the other isn’t helping any of us become better people. Matter of fact, I’ve seen more hate on social media and heard more vitriol from people who I thought were decent humans than I care to admit.

I love America. I love my country. I love politics. But, this election has felt like a sucker punch to the face from the get-go. I’m discouraged, I’m disgusted and I’m just trying to make it through the next few weeks.

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Maybe you’ve been on the receiving end of someone’s attacks over who you’re voting for, eye-opening…huh? It doesn’t feel good to be shouted down or to be “put in your place” by another. That’s why I just can’t even bother. The rudeness and the hate have worn me down.

I don’t want to argue over Hillary or Donald. So, don’t come at me with your opinion. It won’t be welcomed here. You do you. I’ll do me. And we’ll all be okay. Keep your very educated and researched opinion to yourself.

And for God’s sake, stop beating up on anyone who doesn’t agree with you. It’s not your job! I’ll leave you with a few important questions:

Are you satisfied with your behavior during this election season? When it’s all over (and trust me, it is almost over) will you be able to hold your head high knowing that what you’ve said to or about other people is honorable in the eyes of God?

When the votes are tallied and the winner announced….we still have to live together and sit beside one anther at church, games and the grocery store. Keep watch over your words & actions. While God has given us freedom to use our voices, there will always be consequences for what we say.

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Pybus Market

September 27th, 2016

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Here in the great city of Wenatchee…. you can visit Pybus Market and shop your heart out for fresh everything: flowers, baked breads, meats, veggies, apples, pears — dream it up. They will probably have it.


The choices are endless.

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I really couldn’t take my eyes off the flowers.


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My people, they were on a mission.


I was wandering around doing touristy things.


Imagine my surprise when I found out the big celebration of the weekend was the DALIA BLOOMS! I just happened to have planted a few beds of Dalia’s this year and have loved watching them grow.

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These were great…but, really? I could be some sort of winner too! (Ahem, or my hubby. He stuck my bulbs in the spots I picked)


Oh me and my yard!!


The place was full of these jokers. I’m seriously feeling cockypants over my own Dalia gardens. Dudes!

MINE —>>
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Out & About in Wenatchee Washington

September 26th, 2016

We’ve done a bit of exploring, as tourists tend to do.

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My hubby has been chomping to take my car somewhere dangerous and climb where no man can go. (Ahem, no….I’m not ready to let my car be a victim of an accident! Remember: the new drone?)

So, we did a little climbing up at Yoyo Rock on the Columbia River in Wenatchee.

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I know….I see boobies, not a yo-yo. But, hey…whatev’s man!

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We took our fellow explorers with us.

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The weather was truly glorious!


We had a tailgate picnic while we watched some boaters do a little fishing! They were catching salmon, wall-eye, bass and something I can’t remember. I only recall being a lot jealous! Reminded me of our Canada fishing trip.

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The water is icy cold and clear as glass.

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Of course we did some kissin’!

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And some jumpin’!

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The days are dwindling down. We have a few more places to check off our list before we leave to head back to Indiana. Traveling has a way of opening up your mind to dreams of living other places. For me, I think Montana would work. My hubby? Likes Idaho. Hrmph!


St Regis, Montana’s view!!

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I D A H O! Okay, it was an 80mph snap of the state sign…but, still. I believe Montana has all the pretty trees.

Road Trip 2 0 1 6

September 22nd, 2016

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Instead of taking off on a romantic anniversary vacation…my hubby and I loaded down our car with camping gear, cameras, hot & cold weather clothing and a bunch of stuff WE MIGHT NEED and hit the open road.

Starting point (Saturday) – Indianapolis, Indiana

Final destination (Wednesday) – Wenatchee, Washington

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We had no agenda. Just to go, see and do whatever the heck we wanted to do.

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The weather all along the journey was P E R F E C T!

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Day 1 we made it to Onawa Iowa and plopped down our tent beside a beautiful lake. No power, no water….but lots of mosquitoes! No problem. I can go without, a little. Just not showers! The campground had a nice shower house that I headed straight for the next morning.

Imagine the irony after my shower when I plugged in my hair dryer and blew the breaker to the whole bathroom. I had to go OUTSIDE and plug in to dry my hair on the porch of the main building. Oh and use my curling iron with no mirror on the porch. I made so many new friends there.

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Who can think of doing up a smart hair-do with all these views??

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Old Faithful didn’t disappoint. We arrived just in time to have lunch and walk outside to see him blow his stack!

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I didn’t get much sleep in Wyoming. I’m blaming it on the fact that we camped in the very last spot where they allow tent camping because of bears. Therefore, I slept with one eye open listening all night long for my impending death by bear attack!

I woke up exhausted!

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My dude just snored on through the night.

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Yellowstone National Park was fabulous! Beautiful scenery, incredible animals….amazing cool weather. Gorgeous!

We came to the conclusion though that wherever we picked to stop, the crowds seemed to follow. It would get crowded and we would peel out for the next spot!

On our adventure we drove through Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. Oh my word! I can’t wait to do it again! This land is so beautiful!

In the meantime, I am so excited to be in Washington with family. While I’m not thankful for an unemployed husband – I am very grateful for this free time to explore, think, pray and strategize our next step.

Road Trip 2016!! Rolling on, friends!!