A week of thanks…

It’s Thanksgiving this week, so I’m spending this time focusing on that…

Here’s day one of my week of thanks. I hope you share along this week, I’d love to know what’s happening with you all!



I just got back from Iowa yesterday. All the family got together one last time in the house my sweet hubby grew up in. Since Lynn’s passing, the house has been sold, so we all gathered together to remember her. Remember the house. And just be together in that house one last time. It really reminds me how important family is. Through the tough times and the good times, they’re there. For that I’m very thankful!

Travel Day

My Kindle is loaded, I’m wearing my comfy shoes, and I’m ready to navigate the airports because we’re off to chilly IOWA to hang out with my sweet father in law.


Send me some warm thoughts, okay? And if you’re in the Phoenix or Denver airports today, keep your Twitter and Facebook streams open for some random, “Catch the Rush at…” posts and you might win a book or two.  🙂

What are your plans this weekend?


Cancer has touched my life yet again. As you might know if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, my mother-in-law passed away October 24th, 2011 from cancer. Her name was Lynn…and I’m her namesake.

Now, another one of my mothers has been stricken with cancer. B-Cell Lymphoma. Just diagnosed Thursday May 10th, 2012. Penny Mathieu, my dad’s wife of over fifteen years, has run 21 marathons. Climbed mountains such as Kilimanjaro, Rainer, Mt. Blanc. She’s spent her life promoting good health being a nurse in England for many years, then when she came to America with my dad, she worked for the Heart Institute in Minnesota for several years.

And now cancer has rendered this active woman immobile due to some nerve damage to her spine from a tumor that was just discovered last Monday. Sure, now that some of the tumor was removed she might get some of her mobility back–but it’ll take time and much rehab. Add chemo on top of that…she’s got a mountain to climb.

Thank goodness she’s climbed a few, huh? She knows she can do it. She’s in GREAT spirits. She’s a fighter.

Only thing…she was scheduled  to ride across Iowa in an annual event called RAGBRAI (CLICK HERE for a link to their site). She obviously can’t ride 480 miles across the state now…

BUT I can!

And that’s exactly what I’m going to do. My hubby was already slated to do the ride with my dad and Penny…so, I’m stepping in for Penny. We’re going to make it a fund-raiser as well. So stay tuned for details.

Please send up thoughts and prayers to Penny and my dad as they navigate the difficult road ahead of them. You guys ROCK!

The New Year Approaches…

Can you believe Christmas is only a week away?

I’m still getting used to the idea that it’s DECEMBER 2011 already. Soon we’ll be ushering in a new year.

Are you ready?

Are you one to make a list of goals?

I’m usually not, but I have a few things in mind I hope to see happen in 2012. One thing I learned in 2011 is that you can plan, but you never know what life will throw in your face. Thankfully I have a rock-solid faith, rock-solid hubby, and rock-solid friends/family!

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