#37 My Journey to Eat an Elephant (no worries. no animals were actually eaten.)

Uncategorized Sep 25, 2018

Have you ever followed your gut instinct but didn’t understand where it would take you? That is what happened for me when I had this vision, from God, to create Love Legacy. My life, after the sudden loss of my forty-eight year old husband, turned upside down and there were so many pieces of my life to put back together. I was a scavenger hunt trying to find documents and paperwork and figure out what all the keys were for, and on and on. It came to me “what if” I could create a system that could help others to be prepared for the unexpected events of life? What if I could save the heartache and agony of having to make decisions for a loved one who was no longer able to help in those decisions? What if most of the details of their lives could be organized in one system, with easy access for the loved one?

As I had willingly decided to slow my pace down this summer I realized we needed to turn our Love Legacy book into something more streamlined. That is when I...

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#36 Life Can Take You Backward to Move You Forward

Uncategorized Sep 18, 2018

Remember the saying, “Two steps forward, one step back?” There is some significant meaning to me about this saying. Two steps forward, one step back is usually a negative term to describe someone who is having trouble making progress. But switched around, “One step back, two steps forward” means that instead of grousing or feeling guilty about a misstep, you can still come out ahead if you put your head down and push forward.

I am continuing to develop Love Legacy’s Preparing With Purpose and a realization hit me... I was drifting away from my first love. I began to move forward in several different directions with some very wonderful Legacy intentions but it seemed like the very core was missing. I thought I was moving forward but soon began to realize I needed to move backward to get back to the basics. It’s like anything, sometimes we skip over the basic, important “stuff” because we think other things are more urgent. Sad to say, I...

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#35 It is Important to Anchor Your Life in a Safe Place When the Winds Get Too Strong and Overwhelming

Uncategorized Sep 11, 2018

I love storms! When a big storm begins to develop it is fascinating to look up at the sky and watch the big, dark storm clouds form. The sky gives off this dark mysterious illusion while the winds begin to send deep sounds of turbulence. The trees bend over in strange formations and you begin to hear cracking sounds as the branches begin to snap off the trees. You see leaves blowing off the branches and flying in the air. The lightning begins to brighten the sky and the thunder sounds like steel drums beating outside. As the storm nears you, your comfort is in knowing you can go to a safe, strong place of protection to put your anchor down. The same thing is true when “life happens” to us. How incredibly important it is to have an anchor to put down to keep you in a safe place until the storm passes.

For me, my anchor is my personal relationship with Jesus. He has shown His faithfulness over and over to me through the storms in my life. Each morning, I sit in quiet,...

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#34 Drifting Through Life

Uncategorized Sep 04, 2018

Sometimes drifting isn’t a bad thing as long as it doesn’t take you off your course. Sometimes we need to slow down enough to just drift and take time to reflect on what is happening in our life. This summer I experienced my own drifting time.

Since January of 2018 my husband had been dealing with pain in his knee area and it continued to get progressively worse. Through many visits to different physicians, therapists and therapy sessions, a specialist decided a total knee replacement was necessary. Then other medical complications occurred, extended therapy sessions and doctor visits, which delayed the surgery and took more time from my normal routine. It taught me to learn to wait and to be flexible with what life throws at you. I realized that sometimes we have to allow ourselves to “drift” to be where God wants us to be.

Drifting occurs when someone or something is carried away by wind or water, or by a life experience. Sometimes when life comes at us we...

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#23 The BEST week of the year!!

family fun memories Jun 17, 2018
 

Tomorrow starts my favorite week of the year. Do you know why? It is the one week of the year that our family spends together at a cottage on a lake. All sixteen of us will be under one roof, enjoying and enduring craziness and laughter with each other.

Last year, a hilarious and horrifying moment caused this Mama Boehr to almost have a cardiac arrest! Unbeknownst to me, my children discovered a dead mouse in one of the kitchen cabinets at the cottage. They all know how much I dislike those little rodents! So they schemed a plan to ask me to get something out of the cabinet and in the meantime had a video ready to record my shocking response. Jamie, my daughter, casually asked me to get a bowl out of the lower cabinet. I reached down, expecting to find the bowl, but instead I found that dead mouse! I jumped up to my feet, ran into the corner of the kitchen and just kept screaming!!! The whole family was laughing and rolling on the floor as I tried to regain my composure!...

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#22 You're Just Like Your Dad

dads identity Jun 06, 2018

I have been sitting with my 90 year old father, listening to him tell some of his stories. LIttle did I realize that as I gather his personal details, I never knew about my dad, that I would be connecting to why am I the way I am today! Learning stories from the past helps to shed light on our own similarities. For instance, I never realized how many records my dad kept. We found envelopes of old pay stubs from all his different jobs from the late 30’s, 40’s and beyond. He remembers dates, places, addresses, and people’s names.  My dad is like a library of information and stories for our family. Then it hit me….I am so much like my dad! I keep detailed records. I have kept records from year to year, never realizing I was repeating a behavior from my own dad. I even found an old pay stub of my own from the 70’s! It is just a natural process for me to write down all my expenses from travels, just from everyday life. There are times I think,...

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#21 My Dad Fixed Everything Until He Found the Thing He Couldn't Fix

dads legacy May 23, 2018

As a young girl, I always knew my dad could fix anything. It was true. Dad was fantastic at working with his hands. He could recreate, regenerate and renovate whatever we would take to him that was broken. I grew up believing that dads could fix most anything. It never concerned me when something was broken because my dad would make it even better than before.

Then life threw an unexpected curve ball to our family--my mom was diagnosed with cancer. For the first time dad was facing a new challenge that wasn’t going to be easy to deal with and he would not be able to fix.  Usually, he would just use one of his special tools to fix the broken pieces but this was all so different. M dad did what he knew to do, He became the best caregiver for my mom. He managed to run his own business, provide for the financial responsibilities needed, and still give my mom the best care and love, at home, she needed. With all his efforts, he couldn’t fix this situation.  My heart...

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#20 A Home-run on Mother's Day

Uncategorized May 18, 2018

Even though Mother’s Day is over for this year I want to reflect on the beautiful day it was.  I realize Mother’s Day can be a very painful day for some, for others it is just a normal day, and then for some it is a very meaningful day.  What made it meaningful for you this year?

 

 

On Mother’s Day, my daughters, BOTH, surprised me with taking my recommendation from our Love Legacy page by writing their own handwritten letters with meaningful words and messages to me. Our message for Love Legacy was to convey, “Better Than Hallmark, Melt Your Mom’s Heart With Your Own Message”. As I sit here and type I am looking at the two beautiful handwritten letters from my daughters.  Do you know what I love about these letters? I can pick these letters up, time and time again, and be reminded of their love and appreciation. Unlike flowers that fade away and end up getting thrown out, these letters will stay in a special place for a...

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#19 Be Your Mom’s Favorite. Show Her Why She is Your Favorite. Write Her a Note Today.

Uncategorized May 08, 2018

“Favorites!!”  If you have ever experienced being someone’s favorite you know how special that can be.  You feel sought after, loved and even cherished. You know you are someone’s dearest treasure.  It feels good, it makes you feel valued. Why not give your mom the opportunity to feel special and for one short window of time allow you to become her “favorite”.

It’s very important as a mom that we don’t pick favorites, yet we have the skillful task of making each one of our children feel special and a favorite.  So on Mother’s Day, turn the tables around and allow your mom to have a moment to call you her “favorite child”. Be the first to shower her with words of affirmation, appreciation and love.  Share your heart with her. Remind her of some special moments you have shared together. I still have a card my son, Josh, sent to me one Mother’s Day which read, “Sure, sure, all your...

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#18 Mother’s Day Confessions. Stories You Don’t Tell Your Mom Until You are an Adult!

Uncategorized May 01, 2018

Don’t we all have those tucked away, secret stories that we were able to keep from our mom’s?  Then as we grow up we feel safe enough to tell them what would have mortified them years ago!

Just recently, my daughter ran into a very close friend of hers from her growing up years. It had been years since they had seen each other and they had some great laughs as they began to reminisce about some of those “secret events” that mom never knew about…..until the day they recently told her.  They shared, with the mom, how her friend escaped from the house, without anyone knowing, and how she entered and snuck back into their home, and it was all just a secret tucked away! Her mom laughed and said, “yes, that would have been grounds for something!” But today, it was just an innocent confession that put a smile on all their faces.

Dig down deep, what memory do you have that maybe “mom” has no idea ever transpired when you were...

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