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Smile Because it Happened: A Guide to Living the Rest of Your Life

Smile Because it Happened: A Guide to Living the Rest of Your Life

by Carole Young, Stacey Reynolds
Smile Because it Happened: A Guide to Living the Rest of Your Life

Smile Because it Happened: A Guide to Living the Rest of Your Life

by Carole Young, Stacey Reynolds


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In 1995, as a young wife newly separated by many miles from her family in the Midwest, Stacey Reynolds began corresponding with her mother, Carole Young, by e-mail. These e-mails, along with letters, continued until 2012 and provide a very personal, often humorous, glimpse into the life of a self-described “mother of three beautiful children, wife, daughter, interior designer, crazy gardener, lifelong learner, martial artist and artist with a paint brush.”With her, we travel to the markets of Morocco and the rainforests of Costa Rica. We experience the precious “firsts” of motherhood, the ups and downs of family life, the rewards of gardening and living “green,” and the satisfaction of community service. Writing with simplicity and honesty, she also reveals lessons life has taught her and the philosophy she holds.When Stacey faces the greatest challenge of her life, she meets it with her trademark positive attitude and the courage of one who has earned a black belt in martial arts and zip-lined through the rainforest.

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ISBN-13: 9781942586715
Publisher: Little Creek Press
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 340
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Carole Young is a retired art teacher and lives with her husband Gary and cat Sophie in a small town in the driftless area of SW Wisconsin. Stacey Reynolds works as an alternative energy consultant for Natural Dynamics and has volunteered her time at her children's schools and her church. She lives in Elgin, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Seattle, Here We Come! 9

Chapter 2 A Flicker of a Heartbeat 21

Chapter 3 Lesley and Jon Join the Peace Corps 30

Chapter 4 SWAT Teams and Tear Gas 36

Chapter 5 Doc Martens and Earrings 44

Chapter 6 December 14 is the Big Date 48

Chapter 7 "Shake-up" 57

Chapter 8 Help from the Midwest 71

Chapter 9 A Cross-Country Biking Adventure 78

Chapter 10 Big Changes on the Horizon 82

Chapter 11 Ho Jo's All the Way! 96

Chapter 12 A 1928 Brick Bungalow 111

Chapter 13 Costa Rica, 2005 135

Chapter 14 Mantra: "We Love Elgin" 142

Chapter 15 Fay Lake 160

Chapter 16 Going Overboard on a Summer Schedule 163

Chapter 17 We Might Become Famous! 166

Chapter 18 No Matter What, Mom, I'm Happy 187

Chapter 19 The New Normal 193

Chapter 20 A Return to Costa Rica 206

Chapter 21 Treatments and Treating Oneself 215

Chapter 22 I'm Really Not Afraid of Anything Anymore 230

Chapter 23 "My Doctor Loves Giving Me All This Chemo" 241

Chapter 24 Expect Change 259

Chapter 25 Each Day Is a Blessing 273

Chapter 26 Darling Stacey Is the Most Awesome Person in the World 302

Chapter 27 Carole's Story 311

Chapter 28 Memorial Service 316

Chapter 29 I Have Found Another Spot 322

Chapter 30 At Peace with My Own Mortality 326

About the Authors 338

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