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  • Maggie Wallem Rowe

Of Time and Memory: All That Comes & All That Goes

Plus a New Giveaway

Have you ever been shaken awake by a new thought that came so persistently you could not return to sleep until you recorded it?

At 2:45 am the other night, one buzzed around my brain until I fumbled for a pen in the dark and swatted it down.

Time is to memory as moths are to wool, leaving holes where it passes, patched by stories.

Ironically, I would have forgotten it had I not seen my scrawl in the morning.

“Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.” Ps. 90:10 NLT

Having reached the age that Moses rather glumly said was all that we might expect, I’m committed to joyfully capturing memories, sharing stories, and doing whatever good I can until I, too, fly away.

As we enter the final quarter of the year, I have a few fun things to share with you, including a special offer for your book club or study group, a giveaway to encourage moms, and a favorite late-summer recipe.

A bit of sad family news, too.

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If you’ve been intending to have the neighbors over all summer but haven’t had the time or the inclination to fix an entire meal, host an “Ice Cream Sunday” party instead!

While the weather’s still warm, pick up several flavors of the good stuff at your favorite supermarket (I watch for the BOGO /Buy One Get One/ deals at Publix), and invite friends over some Sunday afternoon soon.

Throw some fun extras into your cart:


Roasted Peanuts

Canned whipped cream

M & M’s or Reeses PB chips

And the pièce de résistance? Your own quick-and-easy homemade hot fudge sauce made my mama’s way. Fix and serve it right from the jar!

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY – Life Lessons for Moms

Do you know a mom who could use some encouragement as the school year begins?

This week I’m so pleased to be giving away a beautiful new leather-like book of 52 stories from well-known authors including Carol Kent, Liz Curtis Higgs, Jan Carlberg, Lucinda Secrest McDowell, and Jennie Afman Dimkoff.

This collection of stories containing love, laughter, and wisdom reminds us how important mothers truly are. If you have a mom in mind (maybe even yourself), please leave a comment. If your name is chosen, I’ll mail it to the recipient of your choice.

And yes, I’ve some sad news to share as well, at least for Mike and me.

Last summer our oldest son’s family of five joined us here in North Carolina, purchasing a home in nearby Hendersonville. Our daughter-in-law has been working remotely in the health tech industry while Adam has been a full-time stay-at-home dad to Truman, 6, Elin, 4, and our miracle girl Jane, who just turned 2. It seemed too good to be true to have some of our kids and grandkids living less than an hour from us.

However, next week we’ll be saying goodbye as they head north again. Adam has accepted a full-time staff position at Brandeis University near Boston. While we’re happy for them to be returning to the region of the country that’s home for them, we’ll miss them so deeply.

As with so many of you and your long-distance family members, we’ll stay connected through Facetime and video Messenger, through sharing songs and laughter online, and through cherishing the memories made this past year.

Time is to memory as moths are to wool, leaving holes where it passes, patched by stories.

The younger Rowe family’s departure will leave a gaping hole in the fabric of our lives, but how grateful we are for the new chapters this past year added to our story.

It’s your turn! Please tell me one fun thing you’re looking forward to this fall.


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