birthdays · Mom · Oma · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · time · Uncategorized


Really. Twelve years you are gone, and I still miss talking to you. Happy Birthday Mom.

Miss you.

birthdays · family · Stephen · Uncategorized


Today this young one turns 21.  I am feeling old.  Thankful for him to taste all of my cooking creations, as well as being my bug and frog catcher. 🙂

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Love you dearly, and the man you have become!



birthdays · David's Thoughts · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized


Howdy – David here again! This time out I thought I’d offer up some thoughts on something that everyone can relate to – aging! I turned 54 last week, and had to get my driver’s license renewed, complete with a new picture. Given that the last picture I had taken was 14 years ago, I guess it was time… But the physical changes reflected in those pictures were definitely noticeable! A lot less hair, and what was there was a lot more grey.

I think our society as a whole has a real fear of growing older. We worship youth, and desperately cling to it. And advertisers are more than happy to play to those obsessions.

But you know what? Getting older isn’t that bad! I mean, I miss the resilience of my younger form. I find that I get tired more easily now, and it takes longer to recover when I do push myself. But, overall, as I often say, getting older “beats the alternative”! I would certainly rather have another birthday than not!

Seriously though, I like being this age. I have a level of confidence and comfort with myself that I lacked as a younger man. I have experience and knowledge that can only be gained by living. And, more than anything, I think I have gained an appreciation for the power of the passage of time.

How many times do we hear, when we’re younger, that “time heals all wounds”. Surprisingly enough, I have found that is true. And that is something you don’t learn until you experience it a time or two yourself.

The final thing I’ll mention in this meditation on aging is one of the most important lessons I have learned – everything changes. Nothing stays the same forever. And that is a powerful concept to internalize. It gives me a greater appreciation for the joys in my life, because I know they won’t be there forever. And it gives my hope during the trials of life, because I know they won’t be there forever either.

So in summary, my hope for you is that you embrace today, whatever age you are. Cherish those things that bring you joy, and try to look beyond whatever challenges you may be facing. For both will pass.

birthdays · family · Random Stuff


My 44th birthday was on August 22nd.  It was a great day.  I have many blessings. 

I love Brighton.

Brighton shoes, purses, baubles.  Especially the baubles.

Stephen and Carmen have gotten me several charms the past couple of years.  My newest one is the carousel.  It spins, really.

So from left to right…Peridot (August’s birthstone), pink gems spacer, J with pink flowers (of course, how did Brighton know?), rainbow spacer (David got that one for me), A with a lady bug (My Mom’s favorite – again, how did Brighton know?), silver and gold spacer, Arkansas Pig (Yep, I am a Razorback), pink tiger eye spacer, and my newest – the carousel. 

birthdays · Breast Cancer · friends


My friend Beth.  
This is my favorite photo of her. 
She was so done with me and my camera. 
I had the pleasure of attending the American Cancer Ball with her.
Her hair had grown back, and the dress had a lace up back.
Her birthday is today, August 17.
We used to celebrate our birthdays together.
I miss that.
She would have been 38 today.
Breast cancer affects so many.
Beth was strong, happy, and always smiling.
I miss her.  She touched many of us.
Happy Birthday Beth.
birthdays · Mother · Recipes

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mother’s birthday is today.  
June 30, 1936.  
Lore Mayer David Thurman.  
Mom, Mommie, Oma.
Lore sitting on her hill in Germany around 1956.
 Moms passport visa picture for her trip abroad (Chicago, Illinois).
Oma with her kint.  Chocolate cake being shared with Carmen and Stephen, 2002.
In honor of my beautiful German Mom:
My mothers wonderful recipe.  
She submitted this for a cooking contest.
I don’t remember her winning anything, but she was published. 
And, Happy Birthday Mom!  I love you so.
birthdays · family · kids

Stephen’s 13th Birthday

We celebrated Stephens 13th Birthday on Wednesday, December 2nd.  It was a school day, and work day, so not much celebrating.

But we did have cake.

chocolate cake.
 And 13 candles, and maybe a wish or two.

We did have a small party for him at the bowling alley with two of his friends, Nico and Alex on Friday. I think they had fun.  We did.  

It is hard to believe that my youngest is 13.  I know that we all have to go through this…but I am feeling really old.

We have two great kids.  And, now both are teenagers.  It’s not as bad as everyone talks about.