Hi, I’m Lisa, welcome to my blog!

I live in Minnesota with my husband, one teen-aged daughter and a Brittany puppy.  I also have three adult children, and I haven’t fully adjusted to them not being under my roof each night.  My faith, my family, and my home are what define me.  More than anything, I want to be successful as a wife and mom.  I like to spend my free time gardening, reading, and traveling.  Oh, and I have a full-time job outside of the home too.

Family traditions have always grounded me when life starts to get crazy.  I love decorating for every holiday (and yes, Valentines Day IS a holiday), baking Christmas cookies, our annual Ladies Weekend, and all of the day to day traditions we have established over the years.  I want to capture why those traditions are so important to me so my kids can better understand all the crazy that goes on in my head.  (The plastic gold musical bell must be on display at Christmas every year. Period.)

As young adults starting out on our own, everyone is happy to tell us what to do and how to do it.  When we have children,  people come out of the woodwork with advice.   I mean, who doesn’t love sharing their labor and delivery stories with an expecting mom?  But I have found as I have navigated through my forties that there aren’t many people telling me what to expect and how to deal with it.  That’s what I want to share here, with my children, sisters, friends, cousins, nieces and nephews, and anyone else who may be interested.  I am starting this blog as a journal of my life between my 49th and 50th birthdays, but I hope it grows into a forum for other people in their “golden glory years” to share their thoughts and experiences.

I don’t know about you, but I consider my fifties to be mid-life, and intend to grab that life by the horns and live it to the fullest!

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