This past week was M’s birthday. When friends or family members ask me what she wants for her birthday, my answer is usually, “Time”.

This year, M asked us to play at her favorite playground. She asked us to go swimming at the local indoor pool. She asked to share a pizza with her grandparents and to make enchiladas and ice cream cake with a few of her friends from school. And that…was it! No toys. No gadgets. No themed, decorated party with an agenda and entertainment. Just time with friends and family. read more →

It was an easy task to fly to Arizona, stay for a few days, and then fly home with my grandson in tow. All the Minnesota relatives were anxious to totally spoil him for 3 ½ weeks.

11-year-old Brady had been anticipating this for months. read more →

Stronger than you think.
My grandma grew up with a simple goal: to be a wife and mother. She found herself exactly that in the mid-50s. Happy.

After some time and three children, she discovered her husband was cheating on her. She followed him one evening on suspicion and found he had another family. She tried to beg him to change, change herself to keep him satisfied, but he still loved a double life.

One day she woke up and decided she didn’t love him, just the idea of him. She told him to leave, but he refused. She wanted a divorce, but they had to be separated and he wouldn’t leave. He told her she was worthless without him, couldn’t get by without him. read more →

Today at 1am, my grandma, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, got up, got into my dad’s car and drove off. We contacted the police, but before they could find her, two college kids pulled into our driveway with my grandma. One was driving my dad’s car and the other was following in their car. They said they overheard her crying about being lost at an empty gas station 10 miles away. My grandma couldn’t remember our address, but gave the kids her first and last name. They looked her up online, found our address, and drove her home. – Thrive Be Happy