It’s like you’re living the movie, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” — Angel Clarence When my friend Jenni set up the meal train for us after our Accident, there was a...

On the Accident and Angels and the Rest of my Life

When she walked through the door of our home, her eyes immediately welled up in tears, as she looked at me sprawled out on the couch. You should be dead. You should be dead. Your kids would’ve been orphans. They should’ve been planning your funeral. I cannot believe...

Having a Mary mindset in a Martha World

My daughter left yesterday.  You’d think I’d get used to it. I don’t. When my daughter visits from across the ocean, we stop the busy-to-do-lifestyle life. We go to indie coffee shops and on long walks in the neighborhood and make sure we meet with friends. We bake...

No one cares, Mom – Oh, but they do!

There was no question regarding getting the Christmas tree this year. We got up early, two days after Thanksgiving, gathering our bags of cold weather gear, and drove to meet the Seigneur side of the family along with our older son and his wife at the Estacada ranger...

It’s not about the sea lions – Summer Adventure with Kids 2013 – No. 10

My 10-year-old Gus and I were alone for the week and I wanted to get away on a summer outdoor adventure, but farther than our usual more local, within-an-hour-of-Portland trips. Chris and the twins were on a 10-day high adventure-rafting trip on the Deschutes River...

Speelyai Bay – A Summer 2013 Outdoor Adventure with Kids – No. 5

For this week’s Outdoor Adventure with kids, we met my sister and her kids at  Speelyai Bay on Lake Merwin in Washington. I grew up going to Lake Merwin with my parents and siblings but this is a new beach as the one we went to growing up is not very nice...

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