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Andrea (youngest daughter) with her fiance Matt


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    GRAND Social No. 207 link party for grandparents

    Hello, hello! I'm back from my California Highway 1 Discovery Route and Morro Bay adventure... far later than I expected. There was a travel snafu and after a canceled flight, a scramble for new spots on flights with connections that get my daughter and me home — with hundreds of my fellow travelers doing the same — we arrived late last night. Hence the late posting of the GRAND Social.

    But here it is! Enjoy!

    (And take note: There will be lots of...

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    Brief look: Where we stayed, what we saw

    My daughter Brianna and I set out on our California Highway 1 Discovery Route and Morro Bay adventure yesterday. We are enjoying it immensely, and I'll have loads to share in my recap of the fun upon my return. For now, though, I wanted to quickly share with you a brief look of where we're staying the first two nights and what we first saw when we crossed the street from our hotel.

    sand pebbles inn cambria

    Breathtaking! The Sand Pebbles Inn in Cambria is...

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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Susan

    Dear readers: A Grilled Grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Grandma Susan!

    grilled grandma

    How many children do you have?
    I have three children. Eldest Brian is married to Carlie. They are both working in elementary education. My daughter Meredith is married to Nate and they are in ministry in the United Methodist Church in the St. Louis area. My youngest, Will, is a pilot and his wife Jordan is an R.N. in Alabama.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    I have two grandchildren, Eleonore (Ellie) five and Francesca (Frankie) three.

    What do your grandchildren call you?
    The girls call me...

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    Wonder-filled week! Plus, GRAND Social No. 206 link party for grandparents

    Wonder-filled week!

    Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. Mine was lovely, with sweet connections with each of my girls, each in a different way.

    I have a wonder-filled week ahead, with further connecting with my oldest daughter, Brianna, as we set out early Wednesday morning on a picture-perfect multigenerational trip along the California Highway 1 Discovery Route and Morro Bay, California.

    sailing around morro bay rock
    Sailing around Morro Bay Rock, courtesy Morro Bay Tourism Bureau

    The itinerary includes multiple wonders, from wine tastings to a Hearst Castle tour, an Elephant Seal "stewardship travel experience" and a walk along...

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    Mother's Day Wishes

    Happy Mother's Day!

    mother's day 2016


    Weekend movie review: The 33

    Most folks recall that in 2010, thirty-three miners were trapped for an excruciating — for themselves as well as their families — 69 days in a collapsed mine in Chile. Most folks recall the miraculous ending to the ordeal, too.

    Knowing how the story plays out detracts not one bit from the drama of THE 33, the film based on the inspirational story.

    the 33 movie poster 

    Director Patricia Riggen did an impressive job bringing to life the miners' horrifying ordeal, based on a screenplay by Miko Alanne and Craig Borten. And the actors portraying the miners, their families, and the men who worked diligently to free the men from their potential grave 200 stories...

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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Sharon

    Dear readers: A Grilled Grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Grandma Sharon!

    grilled grandma

    How many children do you have?
    We have 4 children ranging from 22-31; boy, girl, boy, girl; my plan was to have my children 2-3 years apart but God had other plans. They are 3.5 years, 8 months (one is adopted!), and 4.5 years. I always say if you add them up and divide, you get my plan!

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?

    We have 4 grandchildren and two on the way. This year we are doubling the number and my oldest son no longer has the corner on the market. Three (soon to be four) live three...

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    More than grandkids: What else I found in the desert

    When I visit my grandsons in the desert, I take lots and lots of photos of them.

    Bubby, Mac, and Jak may be my primary focus, but the flora and fauna of the relatively foreign land in which my grandkiddos live get my camera (iPhone and otherwise) clicking now and again, too.

    Here are a few of my non-grandchild shots from my recent desert visit, all taken in my daughter's front and back yards, all things I've never found in my own front or back yards... or anywhere in Colorado, for that matter:

    desert flower

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