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Lee Anne
Royal Oak, Michigan
First-time grandma, sometime golfer, Lutheran and work-at-home writer
Interests: weblogs, cooking, gardening, reading, classic movies, Francis Schaeffer, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, Key West, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles
Recent Activity
Can we agree to skip the first four months of this year? Honestly, January 6 was a nightmare and so I’m trying to put politics in it’s proper place— a low priority. Ken and I are both fully vaccinated, so... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2021 at such small hands
2020 was a year of losses -- people we love who died from COVID-19, staying at home instead of traveling to see family, big events we missed. Still, there were a few good things I gleaned from a difficult year.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2021 at such small hands
After 13 years, I cut my ties with Facebook and deleted my account. I've been on a roller-coaster love/hate relationship with the social network for the last few years -- really, what thoughtful person hasn't? I've taken social media breaks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2020 at such small hands
In our family, early November is about birthdays -- Ken on the 1st, Ruby on the 7th, and Vera on the 14th. This year, I remembered being in New Jersey a year ago for Ruby's birth with a twinge of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2020 at such small hands
COVID-19 cases began to rise in Michigan -- and all over the country, even in states that had escaped the worst of the first wave. Hospitalizations and deaths are beginning to rise, although advances in treatments mean that many people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2020 at such small hands
September was such a busy month! In the background, always, was the awareness that positive new COVID cases in Michigan were climbing, deaths holding steady. St. Paul School opened with in-person classes and small enrollment. With public schools doing a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at such small hands
August was such a mixed bag. Started out with a drive-by bridal shower for Alyssa, who's wedding is at the end of September. It was socially distant, but fun to dress up and go out to see friends -- even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at such small hands
We celebrated Independence Day with barbecued ribs and slaw ordered from the Rendezvous in Memphis. Yumm! And a Skype visit with Amy and Vera. Our big adventure was spending four days in the Pheasant Road cabin at Lost Lake Woods... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at such small hands
COVID cases tapered off in June, enough so that more businesses could open. My women's Bible class met in person -- wearing masks, socially distanced, door open for ventilation. I was able to go back to the dentist and dermatologist.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at such small hands
Going on 50+ days of the stay-at-home order, I got impatient. Pain in my right knee kept me from doing Jazzercise for a while. I finished "Middlemarch." Our church participated in the National Day of Prayer virtually; various people (including... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at such small hands
As April came in, I learned that our church had lost Jackie Harris to COVID-19. She was the first person I knew who died from the virus, and as I write this in November, she is still the only person... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at such small hands
I remember clearly when the 2020 coronavirus pandemic became real to me. On March 14, after many conversations, prayers, and talks with Amy, Ken and I canceled our annual vacation in Crystal River, Fla. We had just shipped our golf... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at such small hands
This is the talk I shared at the St. Paul Women's Retreat yesterday. “For consider your calling, sisters: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at such small hands
We're celebrating Christmas quietly this year -- no travel, no visiting family, no big pile of presents under the tree. I've gathered in many of our favorite foods to celebrate this long holiday weekend: spiral-sliced ham, little sausages in crescent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at such small hands
If anyone even visits this blog any more, they would notice the design change immediately. I've let the blog go idle for so long, I didn't realize that TypePad had changed its policies and is now selling domains to blog... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at such small hands
I'm doomed to fail at my New Year's resolutions, but still I think about setting goals for how I would like to change my habits in the next 12 months. So here are some of my thoughts from earlier this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at such small hands
The last few months of 2016 left many people feeling as if the year itself was an active agent of evil, and the sooner we kicked it to the curb, the better. I felt a little of that, too, although... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at such small hands
Outside my window... the sun is shining brightly, but it’s only 32 I am thinking ... that it would be a shame to run the vacuum and disturb my cat snoozing peacefully in the sun I am thankful for ...... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at such small hands
Psalm 100 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His;... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at such small hands
I haven’t written anything about my crochet projects since April 2014. Rereading that post, I realize that I have tackled more than a few of the items I had wanted to try: A couple of afghans — as an apartment-warming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at such small hands
I’ve written about my gardening successes and failures in this space before, but I've never been this discouraged. I’ve never ignored the garden as much as I have this summer. There are good reasons, at least in my mind. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at such small hands
For five of the last six years, my husband and I have spent several of our vacation days in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our “base of operations” is Munising, at the Holiday Inn Express, which commands a sweeping view of Grand... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at such small hands
Like most Christians who love the Bible, I have often struggled with having a daily “quiet time,” several minutes a day set aside for Bible reading, study and prayer. Our fathers and mothers in the faith tell us that early... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at such small hands
I’m one of those women who love the benefits of a clean home, but hate to clean. I believe that King Solomon was inspired by the sight of his servants endlessly dusting the palace treasures when he wrote, “I have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at such small hands
Did you know that we had a little wedding this summer? Could there be a mother alive who doesn’t think that her own daughter’s wedding was the most beautiful, magical and romantic event in the history of weddings? My daughter... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at such small hands