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Miracles in the Midst of Sorrow

posted by kjackson

I’ve found there is no logic to how I feel in the middle of grief. I’ve received huge gifts, and–although I’m thankful for them because they assure me I don’t have to make a drastic lifestyle change at the same […]

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Like a Symphony

posted by kjackson

Sometimes I actually think :). I like to plan and compare and problem solve. Sometimes I think my way to an answer. Sometimes I make choices based solely on my gut whether the choice seems logical or not. I feel […]

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Have you gone before me?

posted by kjackson

The universality of this grief is not lost on me. Yesterday I took a walk through the wooded paths Joe made for me and when I came to his metal chair, I felt my heart crack and the sobbing commenced. […]

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Missing My Guy but No Regrets

posted by kjackson

When I take inventory of my life at this moment in time, I can honestly say that *everything* is good….everything except for missing my Joe. But that missing is paramount. I feel like I’ve been through surgery and someone has […]

My husband is gone: what is left?

posted by kjackson

When Joe and I met, he had Star Wars toys. He was only a kid….he was twenty years old! He loved those plastic pieces of childhood memory. He outgrew the toys and instead loved to buy guns. I hated guns […]

Daddy’s Song

posted by kjackson

Starting at their births, my husband sang to our children every.single.night. He had a special song for each child…. For Josiah: “Baby, baby, baby child…baby child my own…close those big, blue eyes of yours and sleep for just awhile.” For […]

Finding my Happy Place after Losing my Spouse

posted by kjackson

Thursday, Nov. 3, I woke at 4 a.m. to the sounds of my husband dying. It was completely unexpected. He had been having “heart burn” for the last few weeks but the EKG in his doctor’s office showed nothing. He […]

A Story in Memory of Steve Jobs

posted by kjackson

I just found out that Steve Jobs, Apple CEO,  has passed away. When I saw this quote of his, I was reminded of a story…. Back in our church days it was easy to get caught up in filling the […]

TAWANDA! Time to Till!

posted by kjackson

You know what makes me happy? Garden tilling makes me happy. I relish the power of pushing a piece of heavy machinery through hard-packed soil and sod, breaking it up and making it crumbly and black. I yell, “TAWANDA!” in […]

You Want to do WHAT? WHEN?

posted by kjackson

It’s 7:30 a.m., I have a major sinus headache, and yet I jolt with the sudden urge to climb up on a child’s loft bed and hammer itty bitty nails in the exact right spots so that the 8X10 photographs […]

Let’s Take it Outside

posted by kjackson

I woke this morning feeling a bit disoriented and irritable. My mind raced to try to figure out “what was wrong?” Was I upset about something? Did I have something planned for the day that I didn’t want to do? […]

Sammy the Hiding Cat

posted by kjackson

Beautiful long-haired Siamese Sammy walks the perimeter of the porch, winding near me and away from me, enticing me with low, prrr-meows, but staying two inches from my outstretched hand.  This is a familiar routine. “Sammy, remember how you love […]

The Egg Basket

posted by kjackson

I’m fascinated by egg baskets. This may be, in part, because I have chickens. And they lay eggs. At any rate, an egg basket actually scored a spot on my vision board–a large poster board I have in my bedroom […]

Perfect Timing

posted by kjackson

Wednesday morning I woke early. The house was quiet and I peeked out the back window at an amazing sunrise. I tip-toed outside and sat on the back porch with Sammy the cat and watched that sunrise and felt the […]

The Glorious Path of Belief

posted by kjackson

I dropped by a friend’s house the other day and my senses were bombarded with the excitement radiating through her house. In her living room she had a stage area set up with six or seven instruments just waiting for […]

Life is Just a….Cake Walk?

posted by kjackson

Every year my family waits with great anticipation for the county fair….and the cake walk. The fair is similar to small-town fairs everywhere, I suppose. The barns are full of livestock; 4H competitors lead animals from pens to arenas and […]

I Wish Them Well

posted by kjackson

I just finished reading an article about a program in Alabama, funded by grants, where prison inmates receive classes in art and literature. It’s called “The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP)” and, although inmates are not receiving college […]

Written Wishes

posted by kjackson

According to the Bible, God used words to create our world. There was nothing. And then God spoke and there was something. How truly cool is that? And when God spoke humans into being, the humans were made in God’s […]

How to be Happy

posted by kjackson

  “I just want to be happy!” I hear these words constantly–in songs, in movies, from my friends/children/spouse’s mouths. Sometimes I even hear them come out of my own mouth or go rumbling around in my head. But what does […]

I Don’t Mind

posted by kjackson

I was watching a movie the other day and the main character–an athlete trained to “think positive”–said, “Well, bad days make the good ones better.” In some ways, of course, this is true. Shadow is what makes us recognize light. […]

Should living off the grid be illegal?

posted by kjackson

I’m about to step out of my comfort zones: I avoid talking politics and religion because I know such conversations make one’s social circles small. People feel threatened if you disagree with them so then they avoid you. If you […]

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

posted by kjackson

Have you ever thought about how a look in the mirror was reason enough for the queen to demand Snow White’s heart on a platter? I approach living life “happy” almost as if it were a job…a daily challenge. It’s […]

Glorious Roofing!

posted by kjackson

Illinois just joined ranks with other states who are recycling old roofing shingles to pave roads. The old shingles are ground up and added to the asphalt mix. Missouri has already done such a thing and estimates it saved $20 […]

Act Your Age! (not)

posted by kjackson

Ninety-eight-year-old Keiko Fukuda of San Francisco recently received her 10th degree black belt. This means she’s been promoted to judo’s highest level…an honor only three other people have ever attained: all men, all living in Japan. I remember when I […]

You’re So (not) Pretty?

posted by kjackson

When I say to my little girls–age nine and seven–“you’re so pretty!” am I setting them up for heartache? Am I telling them the same sort of lies as I tell them when I pretend there is an Easter Bunny […]

Marvelous Morale

posted by kjackson

Yesterday morning I awoke at 4:30 a.m., grabbed a big to-go cup of coffee and drove 2 1/2 hours to pick up a pig. Then I turned around and drove 2 1/2 hours home again…uh…jiggidy jig. I used an entire […]

Happy Birthday to Me!

posted by kjackson

Tomorrow is my birthday!  I have a lovely day planned.  I’ve cleared my calendar of all responsibilities, I’ve rented three movies, and I’m stocked up on junk food. I’ve told the kids I’d really like candy for this year’s gift, […]

Lessons from Lola: Let It Go

posted by kjackson

Classes with Lola the Pig have begun. I’m sure I will continue to learn more and more lessons from her, but this first one is note worthy (blog worthy?). Lola communicates….freely. When she sees me from her pen she begins […]

The Path Before You….

posted by kjackson

My natural inclination is to plan. I like to decide what is next, next and next. Many times this comes in handy. For instance, this summer when my family accompanied me to my performance locations, before we left I would […]

A “Little” Adventure: Vacation One-Day-at-a-Time

posted by kjackson

In the minivan with my family–traveling toward a new place to explore– is one of my favorite HAPPY PLACES.  Vacations, however, can be expensive and exhausting and sometimes it’s impossible to get away from work and responsibilities for an entire […]

Mom Mystery: Raising Grateful Kids

posted by kjackson

Today we spent the day at a very cool aquarium gazing at bubble-like jelly fish, a crazily-playful otter, and ferociously-feeding sharks.  My 12-year-old boy–taller than I–wrapped his arms around me in this public place and said, “Thanks, mom. Thanks for […]

Move the Couch!

posted by kjackson

Years ago our family packed a 24-foot U-haul truck and moved six states away to a foreign land (South Dakota). Within five months we had returned home to BBQ, Dr. Pepper and messy yards (Oklahoma). But during those five months […]

Don’t You Call Me a Housewife!

posted by kjackson

I truly hate the term “HOUSEwife”! Excuse me, but I did *not* marry a house! I married a man.  I refuse to be ball-and-chained to a pile of wood.  And don’t even get me talking about submitting to it! I […]

Mom Wants to Scrapbook!

posted by kjackson

I was looking through some of my scrapbooks and marveling over the fact that I created them when the children were….well…children! They were small children. I know many of you like to scrapbook and maybe you’re having a hard time […]

Money, Money, Money!

posted by kjackson

I was looking through some things I had written years ago and I found this little impromptu essay I had written to my niece about money. At this time we had just returned from a life-changing move to South Dakota. […]

Jane’s Life

posted by kjackson

Sometimes I’ll stop and realize that I’m not living my life. Instead, sometimes I waste my life. I waste it wishing for the next bit of life. I thought it would be interesting to write an extreme example of how […]

A Day (week, month, year) in the Life….

posted by kjackson

Meet Jane. Jane is a normal girl living a normal life. This is her life: 6:45 a.m: Jane’s alarm clock goes off. She moans, growls, hits the snooze, rolls over and tries to pretend she’s not awake. She doesn’t want […]

I SEE You!

posted by kjackson

My children started attending our library’s Summer Reading Program years ago and I loved to see each performance through their  eyes. What I realized quickly was the performances that were polished and suave did not impress them at all. They […]

Sing it! “To Everything (turn, turn, turn)….”

posted by kjackson

I am about to do something wild and crazy: something I haven’t done in years! Today I babysit. My friend’s childcare provider isn’t available today so she sent me a desperate email asking if I could watch five-year-old Karsen. Surprisingly, […]

Hush, Brain!

posted by kjackson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuPO2OYTiWI I  enjoyed this video! I could relate to it on so many levels. I hope it speaks to you, too. First, it is a visual to my thoughts in the blog “How to be Happy”; choosing where my mind […]

Chance of Change

posted by kjackson

I remember when my oldest child was a baby/toddler I would make grand announcements to my friends–“He is sleeping through the night!” “He is potty trained!” “He is a brat!”—only to find out the next day that I was…uh…wrong. Simply […]

Sing It! “I wanna Go Where Everybody Knows My Name…”

posted by kjackson

In My Happy Place (uh…that being my life) I have three actual Happy Places.  These are magical spots where (sing that “Cheers” song with me!) everybody knows my name..and they’re always glad I came.  I can count on these spots–no […]

Quantity Time Vs. Quality Time

posted by kjackson

“Mom, can I go pet that black and white cat on the other side of the fence?” “UUGH-GRRRR-PFFFFT” “What was that, Mom?” “UUGH-GRRRR-PFFFFT” <<giggle, giggle>> “I’ll take that as a ‘YES!’” and off she bounds to whisper private words of […]

Piles of Possibility

posted by kjackson

“If you had told me five years ago we would be going on a cruise, I would have laughed at you and told you that was for ‘rich folk’”, Joe says as he flips his suitcase open with his finger […]

The “Being” in Human Being

posted by kjackson

This morning when Joe was getting up to go to work I mumbled incoherently “I’ve been to hell and back in one night”. Yes, I am a drama queen and that was an overstatement, but it was pretty awful. Any […]

Simple Pleasures

posted by kjackson

We’re not thrill-seekers. We usually take one vacation a year. We leave our small town less than six times a year for the bigger cities nearby. We avoid crowds.   We see maybe two-three movies in the theater a year. We […]

Simply Grateful

posted by kjackson

Shaking out the pastel yard flag and looking closely at the big fluffy white cartoon bunny with gardening tools and carrots, I actually laughed out loud. I was so ridiculously *happy* and over something so simple and silly. Before we […]

Where the Fairies Live

posted by kjackson

“Let’s take a walk” says my husband, holding out his hand…his other hand holds the “snake stick” (just in case ;)). All three kids start running around like mad children looking for their rubber boots or getting a drink of […]

Let’s Garden!

posted by kjackson

It’s that time again. Let’s talk gardening! I never had any interest in growing things until a few years ago when I caught the gardening bug. I knew *nothing* and had to do some research to find out how to […]

Start Shining!

posted by kjackson

This morning I was driving into the morning sun and I pulled down the visor mirror to take a look at my tired eyes. And they were indeed tired. The wrinkles were more pronounced than usual and the sun was […]

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Miracles in the Midst of Sorrow
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Like a Symphony
Sometimes I actually think :). I like to plan and compare and problem solve. Sometimes I think my way to an answer. Sometimes I make choices based solely on my gut whether the choice seems logical or not. I feel my way to an answer (I use ...

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Dancing Thankful
People are always saying how it amazes them how I think, wish, pray for something and then it appears. To me this is a normal way of living so it confuses me when they say such things. I wonder, though, if maybe these little miracles aren't ...

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