Hospitality is one Christmas Tradition we cannot let disappear

We recently had two families over for a Christmas dinner and cookie making session. Though Christmas is such a busy time of year, I so want to be deliberate about inviting people into our home for fellowship as a way of maintaining traditions, and maybe establishing...

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...

Mom, can we just go alone?

The other day, my twins, still 16, were heading out for their co-ed soccer game “Under the Lights,’ which  means they were going to get to play where the regular competitive school soccer teams play, the ones who compete against the other high school varsity and...

Bryant Woods Nature Park – Summer 2013 Outdoor Adventure with Kids – No. 9

Outdoor Adventures for my boys are not always on the top of their priority list, I must admit. Sometimes, I have to make an effort to talk them into it, which could not be truer than on this day, when we explored Bryant Woods Nature Park in Lake Grove. We have been...

“Can we just relax, Mom?” – Huffington Post Parents Blog

(This was also published in The Huffington Post Huffington Post- Can We Just Relax Mom?”) The start of summer is a bit disorienting for me as a mom, and I know for many other parents as well. What to do with the kids this summer, 12 weeks long.      During the...

Free Swim Lessons with the Cousins – Summer 2013 Adventure with Kids – No. 1

My twins, who are now 15, asked at the start of the summer, whether we were doing swim lessons with the cousins. Mind you, my twins can swim. But, their younger brother is still mastering his water skills so we take advantage of the Free Swim Week that the Portland...

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