Wanted to share this picture of me with three of my granddaughters. Their sister and brother (twins who are now 16 mos. old) were busy eating their birthday cake when we took this picture. I've been retired 7 years now, and it doesn't seem possible it's been that long. I've been married 33 yrs. and that, too, doesn't seem possible. Time flies when you're having fun. DH and I have been through the war and back in our 33 years together making us as comfortable with each other and our life together as a pair of well-worn slippers. We have 3 adult children, 5 grandchildren, and two dogs that drive me crazy. I keep telling them AND my husband that I have raised my children already. They don't listen. Neither does my dear husband. I'm a Certified Lay Minister (DH also) and a Eucharistic Minister/Visitor. I am passionate about my faith, hope and trust in God. Proverbs 3:5 keeps me grounded. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." I'm happiest when I'm free to worship God in spirit and in truth, unhindered by man-made boundaries. Writing creatively and a gift for music, especially singing, are two ways in which I seek to understand, glorify, and praise God for the many blessings of my life. I love: the color green, forests, and long, brown, pine needles; rustic homes and fireplaces; sticking my hands and feet in a cold, clear creek. Children. I love witnessing the innocence of children and grieve when that is taken from them. I have a special place in my heart for the elderly, and I enjoy visiting with them. I find myself humbled and grateful by the life experiences they are so willing to share. I used to bake and cook a lot; but now, arthritis in my hands (especially my thumbs) and feet as well as Fibromyalgia make for less "kitchen time." Not a good thing when you enjoy cooking. Now I look for simple and not too time-consuming recipes that still say "I love you." I do continue to make halupki, lasagna, and a couple of other time-consuming recipes (although it really tires me out); but, the happy "thank yous" from others makes the pain more tolerable. Besides, cooking is about love and pleasing others...not pain. P.S. Why bananas as my icon? Because I am. Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!