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I am in the process of becoming an Associate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, SSND, who taught me in Saint Paul Minnesota in the 70’s and I now visit Mankato, Minnesota every so often to visit. It is a blessing to go there and have so many sisters in one place, who knew I could have over a 150 grandmothers in one place! They take very good care of me. I sometimes wonder if my path had been slightly different, I would have probably became a Sister working in HealthCare. Being an Associate helps me keep connected with SSND in another way that gives me peace and joy. some of the pictures in the video might look familiar, as I have posted photos I have taken on the Mankato Hill as well.

We have had some classic cars show up today. I thought I would share my first car with you. A 1971 Dodge Dart, it was a 7-year-old car when I got it. This car pictured is very close in color and design. It was really difficult to find a picture online that looked like the original, as most of them have had a paint job or two since then.

My father was a used car salesman. He called me one day and I went down to the car lot. Of course like a 16-year-old would say, I said to myself, “OMG! what kind of car does Dad have picked out, I know I am going to hate it” or “I wanted to pick it out, as I am extremely independent”

Well, let me tell you, I loved it.
Even though I had to pay my own payments, gas, and insurance (I worked at A & W as a carhop, and at a nursing Home as a nursing assistant. The freedom of being able to have my own wheels was awesome. Not to mention my all time favorite color-BLUE.
I INCLUDED HERE ONE OF THE FIRST SONGS I HEARD IN MY NEW CAR TOOLING AROUND THAT SUMMER OF 78’….www.youtube.com

Well I have to say this so bare with me. Twenty years ago tonight I was going into labor with my first-born Amanda, who will be twenty tomorrow. It was a routine time to go to the hospital, however little did I know that after 18 hours of labor the doctor would say we have got to do this another way, my husband retorted, “Well doc, what other way do you suggest?”…..After an uneventful C-Section at 4:08pm on April 5, 1990 Amanda Carol Grady was born. She has been an outright shining example of divine love ever since. Always the best at whatever she puts her passion into, behavior, love, sports, grades, humor, friendships, family,….

Divine Love at its best….

Truth, the state of being in accord with fact or reality.

I am a facts kind of person. Emotion and feelings are really not something I deal with well. For example tonight while talking to my husband, he gets all emotional about his friend Dan, who has cancer, who I might add is doing well. My husband gets all emotional about it, as I am more practical in my response, or am I? Although I consider myself to be a loving, caring person, I am not going to worry because God is there holding Dan in palm of his hand. I have the general impression that I cannot get all crazy and emotional every time some bad or terrible happens to someone. This may be my reality, but not someone elses. Their true reality is probably very different. I may be trying to hide those bad feelings and teach myself a different truth.

I find that truth is in the reality of the teller and the receiver. There is a choice to be made in believing and going with truth, or challenging it based on our background and beliefs.

In the meantime, I will try to be more in the present to realize that, just like my husband, there are different opinions, feelings and judgements that all can be true in the eye of the beholder.

Non-Fiction books are my favorite, especially science, self-help, medicine, health, biographies, and nature. I also enjoy religious books about world religions, saints and other medieval stories. I have a Kindle electronic reader that allows me to read several books at a time. I also can sync it with my cell phone or PC, when I don’t have my Kindle with me. The best part about kindle is there are many free offerings online to choose from, while all other books are half price or less than the regular bookstores. Quite honestly I do read anything I can get my hands on and am always learning……The library or internet are my favorite places!!

Right after we were married in 1984, we moved to Columbia, Missouri and also a few other places; Memphis, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Atlanta and then our present home in Lake in the Hills came into play after My husband took a position with Home Depot development and Construction in Chicago. Kim was still able to stay with the same Lab company for almost 20 years, despite all the moving, which she left and has been working forLabCorp for two years. Atlanta did become home and it is where our children were born, however Chicago is great with all the activities and also 5 hours from our roots in St Paul Minnesota-GO TWINS/VIKINGS. We basically took a house in Chicago we really did not plan on owning and planned on being there only a short time., the market in Chicago was definitely more expensive than our 1 acre home site in Atlanta! We have now put our kids through over 12 years of Catholic education and loved it here…..

Here is a little information about Lake in the Hills and our subdivision:

Lake in the Hills (often abbreviated L.I.T.H. or LITH) is a village in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 23,152 at the 2000 census. A 2006 special census put the village’s population at 29,175.

The village is most known for its rampant residential growth which occurred most heavily in the 1990s. Once a sleepy lakeside village of cottages and small ranches, its population skyrocketed as developers flocked to the area in the 1990s. Its population increased by 17,000 people (a nearly 400% increase) over this period, making it one of the most rapidly growing suburbs of Chicago and in the United States at that time. At the height of its building boom, the village issued over 1,000 residential building permits in 1995.

Spring Lake Farm (north) is a subdivision of Miller Road, west of Frank Road. It was also among the village’s first subdivisions, built circa early 1990s, by Sundance Homes and Americana Homes. It includes both single-family and multi-family homes.

I would say that I had a lot of dreams with little monsters under my bed, in the toy box or in the back of the closet. They happened to be friendly monsters that would come out to play, however there were times when they absolutely terrified me. I usualy would sleep with some kind of light on somewhere. I wonder if my mom will read this add to this story or not! I also later in junior high had the usual dreams of coming back from vacation and forgetting my locker number, class schedule, or combination to my locker or gym locker. There were and still are scary dreams of someone coming to my room and waking me up in the middle of the night to scare me. Most recently I have dreams of rollercoasters, which I have always hated, and water slides!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pkde4scu8o

I would have to say that walking out the same day, from a company I was with for twenty years is probably the top one on the list!! There were things that were not being resolved with HR and employees who were downright harrassing. As a supervisor I had had enough. I left the same day I turned in my resignation and do not regret it for a minute. It has helped me grow in wisdom, character, and integrity; not to mention gaining a very satisfying position 3 months later. After basically putting my husband in shock, and having a few close friends get me through, I am more at peace and say move on, move on to where you are appreciated for what you are, what you do, and what you have accomplished

Life has been exhilarating, challenging, loving, fun, laughable, pain, joy, laughter, tears…..I am and have been always where I was supposed to be, right at the right time, in God’s time, not my own. I struggle and challenge the reins, but it always comes, but in due time……Patience is truly a virtue.

Where am I going?….Don’t know exactly, however enjoying the journey.


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