childhood memories

Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines

As a young girl, I can’t remember spending any time being creative. I am not even sure I ever had a box of crayons or a coloring…

Never Shut Yourself Off

Never Shut Yourself Off

Back when I was a freshman in high school, I lived with a family far away from our new home. Long story, but it wasn’t because of…

Sweet Determination

Sweet Determination

Before barely allowing me to get the words out in a sweet, cheerful voice, “Would you like to buy some Camp Fire mints?” the woman grumbled while…

The Unexpected Christmas card …

The Unexpected Christmas card …

Some of my friends have been posting that the holidays are hard … Christmas time brings back memories of loved ones that have passed, broken families that…

Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me

While growing up, my brother and I had many babysitters come to our house for extended periods of time. My parents were older and traveled quite often…

The Magical Moments

The Magical Moments

Awakening to a light dusting of snow, the spring weather didn’t seem to be cooperating with the first day of trout season. However, it didn’t stop the…

My Mother of Affection

My Mother of Affection

I won’t get the chance to personally read the tribute below tomorrow at the memorial service for a strong, loving woman who has had the most significant…

Priceless Possession

Priceless Possession

How many 10-year-old girls do you know who had a best friend named Myrtle? I don’t remember initially how we became inseparable. Myrtle was a bigger-than-life tortoise,…

Sweet Determination

Sweet Determination

Before barely allowing me to get the words out in a sweet, cheerful voice, “Would you like to buy some Camp Fire mints?” the woman grumbled while…

Empty Riches

Empty Riches

I was thrilled about my first solo-shopping experience in junior high. After returning home to proudly show off my carefully spent purchase, my parents wanted me to…

  1. So sad, what a terrible experience. and I know it was only one of many for you. Love you friend!!!
  2. This fills me with sadness: “No child should have to continually try to make a parent love them.” What a tragedy that your mother was not able to accept love from you. My guess is that deep down, she didn’t feel lovable, and she had to cover that shameful fact up with a bunch of br…
  3. It’s insane that these findings were made but nothing was done about it. All these years later, you are still waiting for the wrongs to be righted.
  4. I love you❤
  5. I hope you are able to find more on the first chapters of your life. How twisty things became when people had to hide things…ugh. Sad.