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Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

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Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

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Preston (son-in-law) and Megan (middle daughter)

Matt (Andrea's fiancé) and Andrea (youngest daughter)

three grandsons
Bubby, Jak, and Mac — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's stars (Megan and Preston's boys)


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    Lake Huron waves, plus GRAND Social No. 177 link party for grandparents

    Lake Huron waves

    I'd like to kick off the new week with a wee bit of peace and tranquility.

    Middle Island Lighthouse Michigan
    View of Middle Island Lighthouse from the keeper's house

    While I was in Michigan, I couldn't get enough of the peaceful sound of waves hitting the various shorelines I had the opportunity to explore. My dusk visit to Middle Island Lighthouse...

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    Saturday movie review: Goosebumps

    'Tis the season for spooky stories, and there's no scarier tales—for kids, that is—than R.L. Stine's spookfest "Goosebumps" series. The GOOSEBUMPS film, starring Jack Black as Stine himself, celebrates the scary as well as monsters galore, all unleashed from the pages of Goosebumps manuscripts.

    GOOSEBUMPS movie poster 

    The action/adventure/comedy GOOSEBUMPS, which opened in theaters yesterday, tells the tale of a teen named Zach (Dylan Minnette), who...

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    Here and now: October 15, 2015

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    The extreme ups and downs of life. Last week, I set out on an amazing adventure on the sunrise coast of Michigan. The week before, my oldest daughter...

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    Fearless at 50: AARP spotlights feisty female skateboarders over fifty

    skateboard moms

    The older I get, the more I consciously strive to engage in experiences that scare me a bit. Just this past weekend, in fact, I climbed to the very top of five lighthouses in Michigan in the face of fears my MS would keep me from going all the way to the light—and back down again—without fumbling, stumbling and falling flat on my face or fanny.

    Also over the weekend, I took an aerial flight in an itsy...

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    Fall color, plus GRAND Social No. 176 link party for grandparents

    Fall color 

    Time is up and my trip is over. I'm on my way home from Michigan.

    I've sincerely enjoyed my whirlwind visit to the mitten state and will miss many things. Including these:

    fall colors in michigan

    Beautiful, right!?

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    No movie review today thanks to #PureMichigan

    I typically publish a movie review on Saturdays but I've had no time to watch movies this week. Hence, no movie review this week.

    Blame it on #PureMichigan, the folks who have kept me busy with things such as the following (which I've shared on social media the last couple days).

    My Thursday...

    tawas michigan 

    And Friday...

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    I'm off to Michigan courtesy #PureMichigan!

    I've been invited by Pure Michigan to visit the great mitten state for a long weekend of fall fun. I'm so excited!

    I'm off this morning, and my first stop is the Tawas area. Take a look:

    My itinerary is jam-packed with...

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    Gift idea: Hope In A Box (review)

    Everyone has a friend or loved one struggling through a challenge of some sort or another. Everyone also has a time he or she faces struggles and sadness themselves.

    Whatever the case may be, Hope In A Box can provide support and inspiration and serve as a reminder to those in crisis that God is with them through the suffering. The key is to Hang On Pray Everyday.

    Hope In A Box is a creation of Romans 12 LLC, a Christian family business "focused on spreading H.O.P.E. (Hang On Pray Everyday)." The unique products and gift boxes help encourage a struggling someone special (including oneself) stay strong in faith or find faith that has been lost or misplaced.

    I received delivery of Hope In A Box free for review. My special gift came beautifully packaged:

    hope in a box 

    Inside was a...

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