On the One-Year Anniversary of the Accident

It’s so easy to go back to a pattern, to take each day for granted, to think we have forever, to not think of our lives as a vapor, a few brief moments then puff, they are gone; we forget times like our accident, that remind us how brief our lives really are. That is why we celebrate the anniversary of our accident.

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Traditions create roots kids return to

Every year since our children were babies, we have packed up the kids the day after Thanksgiving and driven up to the Mount Hood National Forest to cut down our Christmas tree. It’s quite the effort especially a day after we have filled our bellies with turkey and... read more

Find the Dreamers

We watched Tomorrowland again, this time on Netflix. Our first time seeing the film was on the large screen. I loved the film so much, and wrote about it in a blog post I titled, What if there’s Everything?“ where I talked about how this little girl who looks at... read more

Moms: We need to forgive ourselves

It was my husband’s birthday this week, and I wanted everything to be perfect. Not sure why I put those expectations on myself. I had just had minor surgery two days before and no one was making a huge deal out of anything. But, I think since my accident, I have been... read more

Sometimes it’s about the Mountain Dew

My 18-year-old son Wesley brings home a case of Mountain Dew and places it in front of his 12-year-old younger brother Augustin’s bedroom door. Wesley knew that his brother would walk out of his room in the morning and see his favorite soda before him. Wesley wanted his brother to know he remembered what his special drink was. It’s so important to recognize the individual tastes and favorite things of our children.

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Teaching our Kids the Art of the Thank You

When I turned 8-years-old, I got 25 cents and a card for my birthday from my friend Jeanie’s Grandma Higgins, and my mom had me write a thank you note. Three times. To get my handwriting just right. When I gave Grandma Higgins the thank you card, the entire family... read more

Find Reasons to Celebrate

My son Augustin who is 12 had his last cross country race yesterday and I wanted to have my older two kids, the twins who are 18, there to cheer him on. So I mentioned to them and they at first seemed lukewarm about the idea. Until my husband announced we’d be going... read more

Raising Culturally Engaged Kids

I grew up watching Good Morning America and reading The Oregonian and the Wall Street Journal newspapers in the mornings while eating my oatmeal in our southeast Portland home. And in the evenings, we watched the Nightly News with Walter Cronkite. Then, on Sunday... read more

Help our Kids Believe that God Loves them

When a friend of singer-songwriter Rich Mullins asks if he will listen to a tape of a certain preacher while they are riding in Rich’s jeep, Rich is hesitant. His experience with traditional preachers has been less than favorable. His friend insists, saying to give it... read more

Be Careful of your Words to your Kids

Last night we watched the movie Ragamuffin, the story of the late singer-songwriter Rich Mullins. The film takes us on his journey growing up as the oldest of five children living on a farm with an overbearing father through his years as a rising Contemporary... read more

Sometimes you just make them do it

Last night my friend Jeanie came over and we watched the movie “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” My twins, who are almost 18 years old, and my son Gus, 12, joined us even though it was a school night. Jeanie, my daughter and I were originally going to go out to the... read more

It takes a Village

Gracie came over last night to see my daughter who is home from Germany. Gracie is the neighborhood Baker’s daughter who grew up with my kids and was like a second daughter to me. She came to our Easter egg hunts over the years as well as my kids’ birthday parties and... read more

Our family helps others – Day 1

The other day, my 17-year-old son Mickael Josef told me that he is picking up his friend Will for soccer practice. His friend lives two and a half miles away. Soccer practice was a half a mile away. It did not make sense to me that he would drive that far to pick up a... read more

So, we’ve been failing at Advent . . .

And, even with several readings in one night, we may not complete all 25 Advent readings. That is okay. We can read the stories after Christmas, too. And, so what if my kids snuck ahead in the Advent wreath and there is no more candy for the last couple of days before Christmas. Oh well. This is real life.

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