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Category Archives: Family Life

I am a WriterMom and love sharing thoughts on raising children and real life parenting and everyday life with children.

  1. Having a Mary mindset in a Martha World January 9, 2015

    Posted in 31 Days of Parenting Philosophy, Being present, Children, Extraordinary Ordinary, Faith, Faith and Culture, Family Life, Gratitude, Grown children, Kids, Life, Moms, Motherhood, Navigating Motherhood, Real LIfe, Real-Life Mom column - The Oregonian, Writing.

    6 comments
  2. Hospitality is one Christmas Tradition we cannot let disappear December 22, 2014

    Posted in Children, Community, Family Life, Guest post, Holidays, Home, Hospitality, Real LIfe, Real-Life Mom column, Tradition, Transitions, Tweens.

    1 comment
  3. It’s hard, it gets better, keep on keeping on – On parenting December 19, 2014

    Posted in Family Life, Kids, Moms, Motherhood, Navigating Motherhood, Parenting, Parenting Philosophy, Raising Teens, Raising Tweens, Real LIfe, Real-Life Mom column, Real-Life Mom column - The Oregonian, Teaching Moments, Teens, Transitions, Tweens, Twins, West Linn, Writing.

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  4. No one cares, Mom – Oh, but they do! December 7, 2014

    Posted in 31 Days of Parenting Philosophy, balance, Children, Extraordinary Ordinary, Family Life, Holidays, juggling, Kids, Life, Moms, Motherhood, Navigating Motherhood, Parenting, Parenting Philosophy, Raising Teens, Raising Tweens, Real LIfe, Real-Life Mom column, Teens, Tradition, Tweens, Twins, Writing.

    4 comments
  5. Searching for “Heimat” to finally feel the soil where my roots were formed November 24, 2014

    Posted in Children, Church, Community, Family Life, Home, Kids, Life, Moms, Motherhood, Parenting, Real LIfe, Writing.

    2 comments
  6. Mom, can we just go alone? October 13, 2014

    Posted in 31 Days of Parenting Philosophy, Family Life, Kids, Moms, Motherhood, Parenting, Parenting Philosophy, Real LIfe, Real-Life Mom column, Real-Life Mom column - The Oregonian, Sports, Tradition, Transitions, Twins, Writing.

    2 comments
  7. Kids and Electronics: Bring back boredom October 1, 2014

    Posted in Attitude, balance, Children, Culture, Family Life, Home, Kids, Life, Moms, Motherhood, Navigating Motherhood, Parenting, Real LIfe, Real-Life Mom column, Technology, Technology Free, Writing.

    3 comments
  8. Parents Addicted to Technology: Guilty as charged September 13, 2014

    Posted in balance, Children, Communication, Community, Culture, Family Life, Kids, Life, Live the Questions, Moms, Motherhood, Parenting, Real LIfe, Real-Life Mom column, Real-Life Mom column - The Oregonian, Teaching Moments, Technology, Technology Free, West Linn, Writing.

    2 comments
  9. God was a perfect parent and look what happened with his kids September 10, 2014

    Posted in Faith, Family Life, Kids, Life, Moms, Motherhood, Parenting, Real LIfe.

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  10. The art of breakfast- It’s what they remember July 3, 2014

    Posted in Art, Family Life, Home, Life, Moms, Motherhood, Summer, Writing.

    4 comments
  11. A different kind of summer vacation – Mission to Rwanda November 15, 2013

    Posted in Character, Children, Community News - Southwest Metro Neighbors Oregonian, Community Service, Faith, Family Life, Justice, Kids, Life, Live the Questions, Oregonian stories, Oregonian SW Community Section, Oregonlive.com - Oregonian website, Refugees, Southwest Weekly Oregonain, Summer, SW Weekly, West Linn, West Linn Neighborhood Correspondent for Oregonian SW Community, West Linn news, Youth.

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  12. Sarah on her mom: “My beautiful mother, friend and role model…departed for Heaven” November 15, 2013

    Posted in Character, Children, Community, Faith, Family Life, Gratitude, Kids, Life, Live the Questions, Moms, Motherhood, Parenting, Transitions.

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  13. On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, the Briscoe family will share stories and photos of their trip to Rwanda with Africa New Life October 21, 2013

    Posted in Africa, Christianity, Faith, Family Life, Fundraising, Justice, Kids, Outreach, Summer, West Linn, West Linn Neighborhood Correspondent for Oregonian SW Community, West Linn news, Youth.

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  14. Huffington Post: Two Tales Involving 350 Kids, Entitlement and Lessons in Parenting and Life October 1, 2013

    Posted in Community, Entitlement, Family Life, Gratitude, Huffington Post, Huffington Post Live, Parenting, Real-Life Mom column, Responsibility, Writing, Youth.

    3 comments
  15. A tale of 300 kids and 50 kids and entitlement and taking ownership for wrongdoing. September 28, 2013

    Posted in Attitude, Character, Children, Communication, Community, Family Life, Gratitude, Huffington Post, Integrity, Kids, Life, Live the Questions, Moms, Portland, Real-Life Mom column, Responsibility, Teaching Moments, Technology, Writing, Youth.

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  16. We live on the Street of Reality August 25, 2013

    Posted in Adventure, Art, Community, Culture, Family Life, Kids, Life, West Linn, West Linn news, Writing.

    2 comments
  17. It’s not about the sea lions – Summer Adventure with Kids 2013 – No. 10 August 23, 2013

    Posted in Adventure with Kids Summer 2013, Africa, Art, Children, Extraordinary Ordinary, Family Life, History, Kids, Life, Live the Questions, Moms, Outdoors, Outreach, Parenting, Summer, Technology Free, Writing.

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  18. Bryant Woods Nature Park – Summer 2013 Outdoor Adventure with Kids – No. 9 August 19, 2013

    Posted in Adventure, Adventure with Kids Summer 2013, Children, Family Life, Gratitude, Kids, Life, Moms, Outdoors, Parenting, Real LIfe, Summer, Tradition, Writing.

    2 comments
  19. I sent the boys outside. They hacked away at our picnic table. August 17, 2013

    Posted in Children, Family Life, Kids, Life, Outdoors, Summer.

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  20. Angel’s Rest Summit- Summer 2013 Outdoor Adventure with Kids – No. 6 August 10, 2013

    Posted in Adventure, Adventure with Kids Summer 2013, Family Life, Gratitude, Kids, Life, Moms, Parenting, Portland, Real LIfe, Slowing Down, Summer, Technology, Writing.

    3 comments
  21. Speelyai Bay – A Summer 2013 Outdoor Adventure with Kids – No. 5 July 26, 2013

    Posted in Adventure, Adventure with Kids Summer 2013, Children, Extraordinary Ordinary, Family Life, Gratitude, Kids, Life, Parenting, Writing.

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  22. About the kids-relaxing-all-summer idea July 14, 2013

    Posted in Culture, Family Life, Home, Kids, Life, Moms, Real LIfe, Real-Life Mom column.

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  23. West Linn Street Dance returns to historic Willamette area July 13 July 13, 2013

    Posted in Community, Community News - Southwest Metro Neighbors Oregonian, Culture, Family Life, History, Kids, Life, Summer, West Linn, West Linn Neighborhood Correspondent for Oregonian SW Community, West Linn news.

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  24. Emma, the most beautiful spirited bridesmaid you will meet July 10, 2013

    Posted in Art, Children, Culture, Extraordinary Ordinary, Family Life, Gratitude, Kids, Life, Live the Questions, West Linn.

    2 comments
  25. White Oak Savanna – Summer 2013 Outdoor Adventures with Kids – No. 3 July 7, 2013

    Posted in Adventure, Adventure with Kids Summer 2013, Adventures with Kids, Community, Extraordinary Ordinary, Family Life, Kids, Life, Moms, Parenting, West Linn, West Linn news.

    2 comments


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