Friday, January 02, 2015

last half recap: 2014


July brought fireworks and a funeral.
Our sweet Uncle Mel set off for bluer skies.
He is dearly missed.


Janet and I didn't have ANY fun last weekend. #snapchatforkatie

Janet and I enjoyed our special time together.

Under the lights

Baseball and Beach Volleyball.


Lake Girls in August.


Asher turned four!
Happy Birthday Asher!

Asher and Malachi

Katie started public high school in September and went to two proms.
She is having a tremendous freshman year and I am so proud of her.



Beautiful Morning light

I took this picture on a beautiful October morning. By the end of this very day Emma's health would take a dramatic turn.

Filling out forms. Lots of questions.

I spent much of the next two months driving back and forth to Chicago and helping Emma thru some very hard days.

"Into the woods and out of the woods. And home before dark."

Katie was very grown up and managed with out mom.

So tiny! So quiet! Welcome Ezekiel James. Melinda, stop being so gorgeous three hours post delivery!!

Ezekiel came along and brought with him new joy and another little boy to love.

Knitting with my girl

Emma knitted and mended.

My boy Patrick. Thanks for coming to visit! It means the world to me! 12-15-14

Our son Patrick came to town for a visit in December.

Delicious breakfast with these two. #Tweet #sheridan

Sunny. Happy. Portrait.

Ubi caritas et amor. Deus ibi est
Where Charity and Love are,
God is there.

As I go forward to greet 2015 I am going to focus on good things,
Good News.

There is so much to be thankful for.

Charity.  More than I have ever experienced.
Love.  Overflowing.

I am thankful for those of you who visit here.
I am especially thankful for the comments.  I know
the comments can be frustrating and fussy...and for that I am

Thank you for caring and thank you for praying.
God bless you.

Encourage one another,


  1. Well you know what? I'm thankful for YOU Donna Boo. I love coming to QUIET LIFE every day.
    I love hearing your voice through your pictures and posts. I love your Katie and your Emma and your Ginny and your cat. Poor cat. Can we have a cat post please? hahaha
    Truly, I am thankful for you!

  2. I appreciate you SO much, Donna - and this special place.

    Love overflowing. What a blessing.

    1. P.S. prayers continuing for Emma. For you all.

      And how great is it that Katie is having a wonderful year at school :-)

      God bless both your girls.

  3. Anonymous11:47 AM

    Peace today and all year through...

    Bridget in Minnesota

  4. Melene12:42 PM

    Yours is the blog I've been reading the longest and I'm so thankful you are still here encouraging us all and posting your beautiful pictures and words each day. I don't always take the time to comment and that's just lazy of me. Praying 2015 is a sweet year for you and yours.

  5. Visit you each morning with my big mug o' tea ... hard to start my day without reading a quotation or coming away with a provoking day-long thought ... thank you for YOU!! Looking forward to blessed 2015 ... our blessings are so many already! Prayers ... always! Linda

  6. The comments come easy to me. Like the woman above, yours is one blog I have been reading since I first discovered what a blog was.

    Happy New Year, Donna. Hope it's a wonderful one.

  7. Anonymous2:17 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. Karen F.

  8. Anonymous3:20 PM

    You have the best blog in blog land hands down and the best commenters, too!
    Yesterday in my Forward Day by Day devotion I learned: "the Aaronic blessing, so called because the Lord commanded Moses to give it to Aaron for use in blessing the Israelites..." is Numbers 6:24 "The Lord bless you and keep you." I have said that verse many times and never has it meant more than to say it to you Donna and the QLCS. In 2015 "May the Lord bless you and keep you" and your families each one. love and prayers, jep

  9. I enjoy reading your words so much. I care about Emma's health. I love her blog too!

  10. Anonymous5:49 PM

    QL is the place I rest my heart and mind each day. Thank you, Donna. Blessings to you and yours.

  11. Donna, I love your blog! I don't always comment, but do know I think of you and your family often. ❤️

  12. Axelle the french reader5:30 AM

    Thank you for this recap, Donna. I wish your year will be sweet, happy and healthy... I think of you and of your family.
    French friendly thoughts.

  13. This blog has been a balm to my soul more than you know. I have been here for many years, since I saw you mentioned in TOSH magazine way back, way back. So thankful I discovered you. Thank you for sharing with us and being an encouragement and a blessing.

    How wonderful that Katie is having a great year. Prayers continue for Emma.

    Keep the faith!

  14. I adore your blog. I used to read many blogs everyday but yours is one of just a few that I now still read each day. Your photos always inspire me and I love your love of a quiet life filled with meaning and love. All the best to you in 2015.

  15. Anonymous6:40 PM

    Beautiful recap from a beautiful soul. Happy New Year and much love to you and to the wonderful QLCS community. My heart is blessed to belong.

    Mary Z

  16. I enjoy your blog so much! Your point of view and your subject matter and your encouragement!
    May 2015 be a beautiful year for you and your family!


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