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Cornelia Becker Seigneur

http://writermom5kids.blogspot.com/

Located in West Linn

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Love. The only formula for how I Mom. Love. It’s what our kids need, it’s what we need, it’s what the world needs, it’s what our community needs, it’s what our neighbors need, it’s what our parents need, it’s what our sisters and brothers and cousins and aunts and uncles need, it’s what our friends [̷

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How I Mom 8/30: Gather at the Table – . . . . Gather at the table. With your family. With your extended family. With your friends. With just you and your kids. With just you and your spouse. . In whatever form, fancy or ordinary, every day, in the real space of your real […] The post

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How I Mom 7/30 “Be your kids’ number one cheerleader” When one of my now-college aged twins was on the seventh grade basketball team for his Middle School, I was at an appointment before his game and was running late. He texted me moments before the game was to start and asked me where I […]

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My overarching umbrella of How I Mom is hands down. PRAYER. Pray like your family, your kids, your world depends upon it. Because it does. I am so desperate for God in my life and I want my kids to know it. Pray like breathing. When my children were still in their cribs, I began praying […] The post

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My overarching umbrella of How I Mom is hands down. PRAYER. Pray like your family, your kids, your world depends upon it. Because it does. I am so desperate for God in my life and I want my kids to know it. Pray like breathing. When my children were still in their cribs, I began praying […] The post

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I so love how my Sunshine Wildflower Girl reaches out to all of her younger brothers. She has lived away basically since she was 18 when she left for Bible school in Germany and was married at age 22. She continued living in Germany finishing her bachelors and masters degrees until she and her husband and […]

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I did not grow up going to church with my family. When we lived in Corvallis, Oregon during my first through third grade years, I had two best friends: Jeanie and Julie. Jeanie went to church with her family while Julie and I did not. So on Sunday mornings, I got together with Julie only […] The post

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3/30 How I mom: Invite your kids’ friends over when they are young and when they are older. Make it easy for your kids’ friends to come over. Just invite. And make it easy for them to say yes. This year’s Halloween is the first time in over 25 years that I didn’t have a […] The post

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2/30 How I Mom: While your kids are growing up, make grandparents and great grandparents and extended family part of your lives.  –          –          –          –        –          –          –       […] The post

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When they placed my first-born child, my only daughter, into my arms, 28 and three quarters of a year ago, tears fell from my eyes as I looked into her deep dark eyes. I felt so much adoration and love toward her that it felt like my heart was going to burst. I immediately tried […] The post

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While my husband and I were catching up with our friend Dirk at church last weekend, our 15-year-old son Gus was speaking to a gentleman who was seated one row behind us in the sanctuary. The gentleman had initiated a conversation with Gus, asking him questions about school and other things related to life; I […]

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I was driving my sophomore in high school son to early bird Wellness 2 this morning and was going about 15 miles per hour in the 25 mile per hour zone of our street. We passed a man walking along the street — we have no sidewalks in our neighborhood — and I waved at […] The post

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In my 23 years of having back-to-school season with kids, I’ve learned to keep these five things in mind. The post Here’s what 23 years of Back-To-School has taught me- Toda

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I got all teary-eyed after dropping off my twins at college yesterday. Okay, sobbed, uncontrollably. They had to get there two weeks early to start Resident Assistant (R.A.) training before actual classes begin, so it felt especially hard as summer was still underway. Logically, it doesn’t make sense that I sobbed. My

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I was realizing that we weren’t planning as much in the summers as a family since our five kids are in varied locations and stages of life this summer, and then July hit and I panicked: Summer is half over.  It made me stop to recognize that as kids get older and get jobs in […] The post

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The last time I saw my brother Thomas was when he was in his casket. That was 1983. I was 18 and he was 20. He had a blue and red button down plaid shirt on that was tucked into his jeans; his face was embalmed and he looked so serene, so peaceful, so innocent. I […] The post

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One of my twin sons Mick is working as a busser at a steakhouse restaurant in Waikiki this summer; he’s staying with my daughter’s family who lives in Hawaii. On his first day of what was going to be an 8-hour work day, he packed a PBJ dinner. When he came home I asked him […] The post

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My twins and youngest son and I attended my friend Kristi’s daughter’s last lacrosse game of her college career at George Fox University, where my twins are freshmen. I love looking for opportunities to see my boys on campus and it was fun to be able to combine it with a time to see Kristi […] The post

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This past Monday, was my first day back in a month at West Linn High School where I regularly serve as a substitute teacher; for some subs, that may not be a huge deal, but I exclusively sub at West Linn; typically, I am at the school three to four days a week, sometimes even […] The post

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            I grew up in a German household where working hard without complaining was a huge value we learned. When I complained about having to do a task, my mom used to say to me, “Kopf Hoch,” which is basically German for “Keep your head up.” What that meant to me, in the context of […]

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My neighbor Wendy’s first grade daughter had a friend over for a playdate in their home, which is a three bedroom, two bath adorable ranch, and the friend said to Wendy’s daughter, “Where is the rest of your house?” A similar thing happened to my son, who had a very small bedroom, but his own […] The

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My daughter and her husband had just returned to Germany after visiting us for Christmas, and I know I needed to getting my house back in order. You know, the routine of cleaning and laundry and organizing and putting things away and planning meals and getting my home life back together. You know how it […]

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As I was leaving my parents house yesterday, I hugged my dad and said to him, “Love you, Daddy.” I have called him “Daddy” all of my life. It never became just “dad,” but was always “Daddy” which seemed to be the German way. Then my dad says to me: “Love you, too. You’re my sweet [

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The last thing I remember was passing the Starbucks then the McDonalds with its bright neon lights lighting up the fast-food chain’s parking lot on the corner of Walling Street. We had also walked by the Bugatti’s Italian Restaurant, and later when I reflected back, I recall pondering if we should eat there. Maybe I

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The last thing I remember was passing the Starbucks then the McDonalds with its bright neon lights lighting up the fast-food chain’s parking lot on the corner of Walling Street. We had also walked by the Bugatti’s Italian Restaurant, and later when I reflected back, I recall pondering if we should eat there. Maybe I

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But, later she texted me and said: “Thank you so much for our coffee chat today! You are a bright light in my life, and I feel so blessed to have the gift of your wonderful friendship. Also, I hope you know I wasn't saying your house was messy! I was trying to say that it inspires me to prioritize what is important...

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My first child and my only daughter was going to be in Germany for her 21st birthday as she was studying there, and so as I am not one to want to miss a party, I decided to fly to Europe to see celebrate with her. My 13-year-old at the time twins had never been […] The post

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My first child and my only daughter was going to be in Germany for her 21st birthday as she was studying there, and so as I am not one to want to miss a party, I decided to fly to Europe to see celebrate with her. My 13-year-old at the time twins had never been […] The post

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