Happy Mother’s Day to my girlfriends

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When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend,
and then I started to become a woman.

And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up, God would
show you the best in many friends.
One friend is needed when you’re going through things with your man.
Another friend is needed when you’re going through things with your


Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.
One friend will say let’s pray together, another let’s cry together,
another let’s fight together, another let’s walk away together.

One friend will meet your spiritual need, another your shoe fetish,
another your love for movies, another will be with you in your season
of confusion, another will be your clarifier, another the wind beneath
your wings.

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But whatever their assignment in your life, on whatever the occasion,
on whatever the day, or wherever you need them to meet you with their
gym shoes on and hair pulled back, or to hold you back from making a
complete fool of yourself … those are your best friends.


It may all be wrapped up in one woman, but for many it’s wrapped up in
several… one from 7th grade, one from high school, several from the
college years, a couple from old jobs, several from church, on some
days your mother, on some days your neighbor, on others your sisters,
on some days your daughters.

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National Appreciation for Teachers

I would like to say thank you to my favorite teacher, Mr. Tom Dorosky from Loara High School in Anaheim, California.  Mr. Dorosky passed away (1999) but was an exceptional teacher.  He had a way of making his classroom (Political Science) fun and worthwhile. Mr. Dorosky also taught Police Science and History and was a great role model for all of us young Saxons growing up in Anaheim.

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Mr. Dorosky was always looking for ways of making all of his students feel valued and appreciated. He would team up with Mr. Barron and invite Guest Speakers to come and share their stories about law enforcement.  Many of the times we would have Detective Dick Christensen come to our classroom.



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Photos of the day – a look back

American Mannerisms

The year was 1988, a photo of my first Volvo Station Wagon, what a great car!  We bought it used and here my son (at age 5) is posing in the driveway.

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Before I was a Mom


Easter Sunday 1990 – We just arrived home after church, making breakfast with my youngest son.

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn’t worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.


Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn’t want to put him down.
I never felt my heart-break into a million pieces
when I couldn’t stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn’t know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn’t know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby..
I didn’t know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn’t know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.


How lucky I was to have two sons!

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

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April 3, Sunday – Cameron’s birthday


My son, Cameron is celebrating a birthday tomorrow on April 3rd. He is 33 years young and is seen above (on the left side) with his brother Blake.  Cameron is motivated and  is an inspiration to all he meets.  He is in the prime of his life with a wedding coming up in the fall and his business is doing well.  I am one proud Mom – and thankful for the many blessings. Cameron is in control of his own life and is enjoying each day.

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Catherine Mary


My Mother, Catherine Mary passed away last month from heart failure.  She was an amazing mother! She was regal, classy, beautiful and most of all….an incredible mother for all of my 58 years on this planet.  She loved her children and grandchildren and supported us through thick and thin.


I have not yet figured out – how I will live without my Mom.  I am still talking to her daily and hoping she hears me. She is still alive inside of each of her children – Gary, Drew and myself.  She is our foundation and key to our success – we are very lucky to be her children.

My Mother leaves behind a legacy and a history of always doing the right thing.  Her parents were Volga Germans from Russia and immigrated to this country when they were very young. My Mother was a first generation American and was born and raised in Chicago.  She spoke German to her sisters and family and moved to Los Angeles when she was 19 years old and met my Dad at a dance. I could go on and on – but I won’t.

My Mom loved Christmas and baking, she loved to watch the Lakers on T.V. – she loved to paint and spent most of her free time as an artist. She was very creative until just before her death.

Rest in peace, Mom – thank you for all of your life lessons.  We love you much ….


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Ingredients for hosting a great Christmas

Reblogging from 2013 – enjoy

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During the holidays, we like to keep things simple at our house. From DIY decor, easy appetizers and of course fun with friends and family. This year we ordered some of the entrees for our Christmas Dinner from Stefano’s Goldenbaked Hams in Yorba Linda, California. They make everything just a little bit easier and also offer complete dinners by calling them just a few days before Christmas. Below is a picture of “Lauren” one of their great Customer Service representatives. She made everything so easy and festive – especially wearing a reindeer hat while at the busy cashier station. Thanks Lauren for always taking care of our family. photo

We also have a tradition on Christmas Morning of making Dutch Babies pancakes, we all love to eat these and they are warm and light yet quick to make.

All you need is the following ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk


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Holiday cards – are you sending out holiday cards this season?

One of my favorite posts from 2012 – on Holiday cards!!

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Making Memories last

One of my most favorite things to do is take photographs of my family.  The holidays come so fast each year and sending a family picture of your loved ones connects us to others that live far away. Everyone is so busy this time of year; sending holiday cards is one way to reflect and reconnect with those special family and friends. The holiday card is really more than a photograph, it is a keepsake.  Will your family being sending a holiday card this year? Here are some helpful tips for making your card stand out:

  • Make it humorous
  • Make it personal
  • Showcase your pets  –  dogs, cats, fish, guinea pigs…
  • Add personality to your holiday card
  • Host a family sports photo day; wear your favorite Team colors
  • Choose a special photo from your summer vacation – to debut on your holiday card
  • Perhaps you had a…

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Having friends in your age group

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Family Wedding – July 2015

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Two weeks ago – my brother, Gary married his beautiful bride, Cindy. What a blessed event, they both overcame obstacles and found a way to be happily ever after. After spending one week in Costa Rica relaxing – they are home beginning their new lives as Mr. and Mrs. – Amen dreams really do come true.

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