In Grief’s Waiting Room

Our Entryway. Memorial to Sergeant Sean Michael Lagrand Third Marine Air Wing, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting. July 13, 1981-September 25, 2006 Remembering Sean  This Memorial Day morning, I hear my husband sniffle. I look over, sure I know…but I ask, anyway, as I wrap my arms around him and his blue terry robe: “What is […]

Mayday Mayday Mayday!!

Believe It Or Not, Everyone Walked Away. God is good.  Calling in Trouble.  Maybe you didn’t know that the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, volunteer component of Team Coast Guard. Probably you didn’t know that  I met my husband when I joined the auxiliary. He taught the course, Boating Skills and Seamanship, that I completed as […]

The Museum of Mom

[Today’s post is from the archives.]   In Loving Memory of my Mother, Marilyn Lee Downs Seiler.  August 20, 1936 – September 30, 2008. The Search of a Lifetime The message from my father came as we were preparing to leave for vacation: Hi, I have given much thought to how to give your mom’s wedding rings […]

Weekend Reflection: Homecoming

In memory of Marlene Ann Downs Isbell, aka Auntie M.  August 3, 1938 – April 30, 2013 Heaven has gained another jewel.  15 Precious in the sight of the Lord    is the death of his faithful servants.16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;    I serve you just as my mother did;    you […]

Mosquitoes, Moms, and Mourning

Mosquitoes Are But an Annoyance for My Grandlittles, Praise God!Cadence, Elaine, Sawyer, Rich. Oahu’s North Shore, May, 2012. Mosquitoes Are a NuisanceYes, my daughter reacts strongly to mosquito bites, growing great big welts in no time. And yes, I’ve scratched myself to scars. And, well, yes, my grandson has used the persistent buzz of the […]