Tuesday, December 31, 2013

So long 2013


Last year I ended the year thinking about stories
and how we all have them
and how they matter...

My story is one of family.

DePaul. Grad student.

Emma started Grad School at DePaul.
One day she will be a counselor.
We are so proud of her.


Katie played volleyball a lot and enjoyed it so much.


Patrick came home a few times this year.  It is so wonderful to be with him.
He continues to work hard in California and play more golf than you can imagine.


We made many visits to Chicago.

Eyes open :D  sweet face

Matthew and Melinda became parents for the second time....

Malachi was born in May.  He is such a happy baby.



Ginny grew up and learned to smile.



We <3 MOM

Puck and a fairy

Lake Wausau


We did fun things.


The Boucher Boys



We are waiting to meet up with Emma.  Can't wait to talk it over. #marathonfinisher

Katie got a hair cut.


Emma ran a marathon.


I did what I do best.  Took pictures of family.


Cindy got married to her very own Patrick.


The man...the mystery...

Cast on. Pure Pumpkin. Vesper sock yarn.  #busyhands

On the needles at the end of the year...


And as for next year....

Who knows....

But I do believe...

All will be well.

Encourage one another.
Love you.
Mean it.


p.s.  Tomorrow.  Ten Years of Blogging @ Quiet Life.
I can't believe it.


  1. And I am looking forward to 10 more, please! I read everyday even though I rarely comment. Happy New Year to you and your crew. Go Pack Go!!!!

  2. Anonymous1:21 PM

    I am so looking forward to seeing the beautiful "Quiet Life" and all its episodes in 2014!! Happt happy New Year, Donna.

    Sue McFarland

  3. Ten years! You were one of the first blogs I found. You were one of the first kind friends to comment on my new blog….eight years ago. Looking forward to more Quiet Life in 2014! Blessings on you and yours, MizBoo. xo

  4. I am an avid reader of your blog, but not an avid comment-leaver! Wishing you and your family the most wonderful of new years, with much happiness and health!

  5. Oh Donna…Happy Decade of Blogging! Im the beneficiary for sure. I love the comments you leave me, the images on your blog, the way you share you family with us, and your candor.
    Fireman is a lurker to Quiet Life….

    I don't think your life is very Quiet….but I know you see the peace of Quiet each day with your Starbucks in hand!

  6. You were the first blog I ever read on a regular basis. Thank you for all the hard work you've put into Quiet Life. You're the best!

  7. I really love your story, Miz Booshay. Thank you so much for sharing.
    You touch my heart with your pictures and your words.
    The mystery made me smile!

  8. Amy J in WI2:35 PM

    Ten years? Wow....

    You are a very blessed lady :).

  9. 10 years!! Congratulations! Time well spent for me reading all those posts.:-) God bless you and yours in 2014!

  10. Anonymous3:41 PM

    Happy New Year, Miz Boo!

    Just like your daily chai, I gotta stop here everyday! Love this place.

    Sarah P. from Iowa

  11. Ten years!! Wowzer :-) Congratulations! You have a wonderful family, a wonderful story.

    I'm so glad to know you. Love you, mean it !

  12. Thank you Donna, for this blog and for sharing your pictures and your thoughts with us. You glow with faith, honesty and grace. I stop by here every day, and am often moved to pray for you'all. blessings in this new year. Betsy

  13. Anonymous4:45 PM

    Reading this made me cry. I love you and this site. Keep doing you, dear Donna.

    Mary Z

  14. What a great year in review. You have a beautiful family, and your eye for the sweet details of life makes you and your blog such a joy! I really appreciate Quiet Life in all its glory.

    And here's to a GREAT New Year!

    I'll try to behave this week as we lead up to the big game. We'll be bleeding red and gold here!

    Love you, Donna Elsie,

  15. Congratulations of 10 years of blogging! I've been a fan of yours for at least half of them. I always enjoy coming here, it is so peaceful. Blessings to you and your family in the coming year.

  16. I firmly believe that ALL will be well. Thanks be to God. <3

  17. Ten?!? Wow. I remember reading from one of the posts from the bedroom of our seminary apartment when Aderyn was a newborn, and she just turned 9 on Christmas Day... I didn't think I was here so close to the beginning, but sure am glad I was. :) Some of the people I respect the most in this world, I've met in this comments section -- and, of course, in the posts. You're the beast, Donna, and you are loved! Mean it!


  18. Happy 10 years! I haven't checked in here for a long long time, but I read back through your recent posts and it was like checking in with a good friend!! Much joy to you in the New Year!

  19. Love this! Mean it!

    Tammy ~@~

  20. Love the 2013 review. You are blessed.

    Love you.

  21. Anonymous11:30 AM

    Happy Blogaversary!!!!! XOXO

    sis' cindy :)


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