old / not-so-old friend

Dave Martinson has been part of my life for many, many years, though I can think of only two times I’ve stood next to him. Today makes three times. He’s been married to Sue more than thirty years, but I just met her for the first time. (She is a delight, and I’m not just saying the expected thing.)

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Thanks to our annual Christmas greeting exchange, we’ve stayed connected through the 21 years I’ve been a Macy. When I learned Dave and Sue would be in the Portland area I jumped at an invitation to meet them for lunch. We had a lot of catching to do!

Dave and my first Paul were close friends throughout junior high and high school. They met at church, established instant friendship, and took on each other’s parents as their own. When they got old enough to take on responsibility, they cleaned the church on Saturdays together.

cleaning church

You can tell they were committed to excellence.

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In 1993, Dave demonstrated how much his friendship with Paul meant to him when he traveled all the way from California to Michigan to attend Paul’s celebration of life.


It was a total surprise when he showed up at the church.

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Of course I carried with me the book about Paul I made for my kids about four years ago, because Dave is in it! He and Sue enjoyed reliving some of Dave and Paul’s history. Mauri did too, in case you were worried about him being left out. We actually talked much more about who we are now than the days of old.

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There’s no way to express how good it was to spend a few hours with the Martinsons. We’ll just add it to the many things we’re thankful for this week of giving thanks.

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Just one more picture before waving farewell. I hope we don’t let another 21 years pass before seeing these dear ones again.

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new arrival

Pete and Linsey had it all planned out. Yesterday they closed on their “new” house, today new carpet would be installed upstairs while the movers did the heavy lifting, tonight Linsey’s mom would arrive, tomorrow after church we’d all pitch in to move the small stuff and get everything settled, and early Monday morning they’d head to the hospital to have a C-section delivery of their new son.

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Lincoln Knox Macy had a different plan. He let Linsey know about it late last night, and at 2:07 this morning the world got a little brighter.

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I felt bad that Linsey’s mom didn’t get to spend Lincoln’s first day with him, but because she didn’t—I did!

Sherry and Lincoln

Which is why I was around to take so many pictures. Erin took this one. Lincoln expresses his opinion.

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The new mama took this one of Gum meeting his new grandson.

Mauri and Lincoln


A room full of Macys and a couple of Williamses.

Will puts sticker on Lincoln

Will thinks his brudder needs a sticker on his hat.


The uncles admire.

Erin and Lincoln

The aunt too.


Brynn has a turn.

family of four

Family of four!

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Welcome to the family, Lincoln! We couldn’t love you more.

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so nice to meet you!

Declan flew to Virginia with his mama today and was introduced to his twin cousins, Regan and Riley.

Declan and his Ambrose cousins

Anybody want to caption his response?

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gadget geek

You might not know this, but I married a gadget geek. OK, geek might not be the exact term, but it was a nice alliteration, and that should count for something.

It was already dark when I got home from work last night. There was an empty packing box by the door, so I knew something had been delivered. I don’t always remember in the two days since I ordered something what I ordered.

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It was this. It’s a gadget, no denying. Heavier than it looks. And Mr. Macy was ecstatic and eager to demonstrate its powers.

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I’ll go out on a limb here. I’m going to say that you have never in your life seen a dimmer like this one. I wish now I had taken video instead of this still pic so you could actually experience the way this dimmer dimmed that lamp. It was nothing short of astonishing.

A video would also surely have captured my dear man in full laughter mode. It felt so good to hear him laugh. We laughed about buying one of these for each room in the house, about how sure we are that all of our kids need one in their Christmas stocking. And even if it doesn’t work to the purpose for which it was purchased, we were NOT sending it back!

How many manly dimmer switches do you have at your house?

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in common

Here’s a little quiz.

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What do these five people have in common?

Yes, we’re all female, we all have hair (you might have to trust me on that one), we all look happy . . .

Give up? We are all Macys!

Before today, we didn’t know Samara Macy, who stands next to me, and that was actually the point of our little soiree at Chapters this morning. Samara is a freshman at George Fox, studying art. Her dad’s name is John; her grandfather’s name is John. Her great-grandfather was Perry Macy, who taught at George Fox when it was called Pacific College! We were all interested to learn that we are all descendants of the Thomas Macy clan from Nantucket!

Let me state that a different way. Three of us are not actually descendants. In this quintet, only Samara and Brynn carry the Macy bloodline.

You can never have too many Macys, though it might be possible to have too many John Macys.

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dorothy’s match part two

Not everyone can or even should donate, though some have already generously given to this cause. Still, I would love for you to be aware of Dorothy’s Match and of Babies of Juarez and of the ongoing need.

Dorothy's Match 2015

Also, here’s the latest update.

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1948-639 Hale St Wheaton IL after strong wind blew down tree

My family lived in this house in the late ’40s. It sat on the corner of Hale and Roosevelt Road (a thoroughfare) in Wheaton, IL.


My older siblings and I looked like this just before we moved to a house my dad built on the other side of town. I’m guessing it was a sunny day.

1948-back side of 631 S Hale Street Wheaton IL South Side Park is flooded

It was waterfront property only when the park behind our house flooded.

See our rabbit hutch?

1947-Carol Sharon Johnny Carole Mikesell backyard rabbit hutch at 639 S Hale St Wheaton IL

Yes, a rabbit hutch. My brother and his friend didn’t appear to have a germ phobia.

There isn’t much of a story here; I was too young to remember much about those days. But I thought I’d share this old house because it’s still there! Whenever I visit Wheaton I take a driving tour of all my Wheaton homes, from all the way up to the late ’60s, just to keep tabs on them. They’re all still there! And this one is for sale. Trust me, if I had a reason to move back to Wheaton, I would buy that house.


I think it looks pretty good, don’t you?

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