Category Archives: Family

Thoughts on motherhood

Does anyone ever stop worrying about their kids, or am I an anomaly? Seriously. I worry about them all, even though they range in age from 26 to 38. And I have now acquired grandchildren and a son-in-law to worry … Continue reading

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Silent, sad stories

When we were in Scotland I took a lot of pictures of cemetery headstones, especially in Closeburn and Dumfries. Most of the images I got were of Kirkpatrick family members’ stones, but occasionally I found ones that stirred my imagination. … Continue reading

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Let the children run free

When I was a girl I was often up and out the door after a quick breakfast. I played and explored outside all day and only came home to eat and use the washroom. I was called in at dinnertime … Continue reading

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A day in the life of Dawn-Ann

Okay, this is the last video that I’ll bore you with for awhile. It’s just that I’ve been having so much fun with my FLIP camera and my editing software (CyberLink PowerDirector). I was hanging out with my niece and … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day, Dedy!

I’m really lucky in that I get to see my Dedy fairly regularly, as he lives just a couple hours’ drive away. Occasionally he comes in for family gatherings and appointments and – even more occasionally – I go out … Continue reading

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Acceptance and the circle of life

As I move more or less gracefully into the second half-century of my life I have been faced with a number of life lessons I haven’t had to learn before. There have been staggering losses and remarkable gains; dark moments … Continue reading

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The end of an era

I am feeling a little bit drained today, emotionally and physically. I spent the weekend helping to get my grandparents’ cabin ready for sale. My cousin and her strapping young sons came and helped move mountains of stuff out (I … Continue reading

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Mothers and daughters

I like to think I’m a fairly accomplished woman. Not over the top accomplished, but I’ve done a few things I’m proud of. I’ve raised four children to become healthy, contributing members of society. I’m a published writer. I have … Continue reading

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What I should have said

Bonnie Janine Kirkpatrick Born: September 23, 1964 Died: November 15, 2009   After three months of struggle, my beautiful sister Janine passed away late one dark November night. Her hospital room was packed with people who cherished her – her … Continue reading

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Twins of the father

My baby girl (who is now in her 20s) is expecting twins in April. This tickles me to no end, as I had long despaired of ever becoming a grandmother. Robb, her partner, is a devoted dad-to-be and has started … Continue reading

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