I’m a 55 year old wife and mother living in Minnesota. I have worked in the business world for 35 years in Purchasing Sales, Domestic & International Customer Service. On February 6, 2009 that all changed and I am now free to do as I please … and I’m loving it!!
I’ve been married to Roger for 30 years. I have 2 daughters. Elizabeth (Liz) was born on 9-12-83 and would be 26 years old today. Anna is 24 and graduated from Minnesota State in December, 2008 with a Spanish major and Inter-cultural studies minor. She is a world traveler having spent 3 months in Costa Rica and 3 months traveling SE Asia. She works as an educational assistant at an elementary school, but has just accepted a new position as Director of Youth Ministry at a church not far away. Murphy, our 11 yr old Cairn Terrier, rounds out the family.
My parents are Tom (78) and Jean (77) and we have lived one block away from them for the past 26 years. It has truly been one of the greatest blessings of my life.
I am the oldest of 4. My brother Mike is a year and a day younger than me. He is married to Barb and they live in the Twin Cities.
Sister Sue is 4 years younger than me and is a teacher in western MN.
Brother Randy, wife Nancy and kids, Madalyn and Thomas, is 6 years younger than I am, and also lives in the Twin Cities … 5 houses down from Mike and Barb.
I was living the all American dream, a husband, 2 kids, a dog, a house, a good job, and even a fence (but not the white picket kind) …
That all changed on 9-20-03 when Liz died very suddenly, very tragically and very unexpectedly.
She had just turned 20 and was beginning her sophomore year at the University of Minnesota. She and 2 of her roommates died of smoke inhalation from an early morning fire at their duplex in Dinkytown, just a few blocks from the U.
BUT WAIT … THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE STORY … RATHER THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER
The Universe has revealed to me in so many different, amazing, and tangible ways that Liz is not only alive, but she is living a wonderful new life! In many ways 9-20-03 was the beginning of a new life for me as well. A new life that still includes Liz!
God has brought amazing people into my life who have helped me put the pieces back together … you can find their links on this site.
LIFE IS JOYOUS! … I hope you enjoy my musings and my journey!
PS … I was told this week that my activities are interesting! That made me laugh … I never thought other people would find what I do interesting! I love it … and I’ll try not to disappoint!