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I recently saw my son’s high school academic counselor Ms. Kimberly who is expecting her third son. “Help,” she says to me chuckling, “What am I going to do with three boys? How do you do it?” I smiled and congratulated her while also feeling her sense of franticness. As the mom of four boys […] Th

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Last weekend, after dropping off another ski team member at his home in the Willamette area of West Linn, we began heading towards our home in the other section of the city. My husband was driving and he missed our usual turn off. I almost said something to him, but decided to just let him […] The post

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On a flight to San Francisco to see my friends Jeanie and Meri over 20 years ago, the man sitting next to me on the airplane and I had quite the deep conversation, and something he said has stayed with me all these years. While discussing life and goals and dreams and friends, he said […] The post

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On a flight to San Francisco to see my friends Jeanie and Meri over 20 years ago, the man sitting next to me on the airplane and I had quite the deep conversation, and something he said has stayed with me all these years. While discussing life and goals and dreams and friends, he said […] The post

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My husband and I went to dinner with our longtime friends Brian and Bea this weekend,  and I mentioned to them the January 17 passing away of one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver. Oliver’s message of finding the beauty in the ordinary, calm in the chaos, the awe in the everyday complemented her emphasis […]

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We bought a new house and we will be moving next month.  I cannot believe it. After 29 years in our current home, we will be moving away from the only home our children have known. I. Cannot. Believe. It.  I have not written about it yet in this space nor in my wider social […] The post

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When I was in fifth grade in Germany with my family, my Oma on my dad’s side wanted me to eat a certain lunchmeat from the “kids’” table. Yeah, they had a table with food for the kids and a separate table with food for adults. I wanted the food from the adult table. The […] The post

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Tonight my husband and I attended the Over The Rhine concert at the Aladdin Theater with our friends from church. Over the Rhine is a husband-wife folk music duo that has released dozens of albums since forming as a band almost 30 years ago. Their story-telling music is filled with songs of heartache, doubt, love, deat

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My daughter for Christmas one year gave me a framed poem collage with words and photos crafted out of magazine cutouts. The title of the poem was “Mom Living” or maybe it was just “Mom” as I look at it again. She wrote: My Mom is the light of my life She makes me feel I […] The post

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Have your kids prep meals with you. It may not seem like an important thing to do, but it is. It’s the everyday ordinary extraordinary real life being home together in a family, being part of what makes your family a family, and I believe one of the most important daily practices of family life […] The pos

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On an amazing fall day in between prepping for family gatherings, I got outside for a Bike ride. I rode near the river and through the woods and inside of parks and a stone’s throw from the lake, and I stop by to see my friends Doug and Diane who were just finishing their house […] The post

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Every year since we were first married, my husband and I and his family have gone the day after Thanksgiving to the Mt. Hood National Forest to get our real Christmas tree. When I say, “real” I mean real live tree from  the real woods. We purchase buy our $5 permit at the Estacada Ranger […] The post

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Oh my goodness that smile. . . The laughter, the fun, the sweetness, the craziness, the wild, the singing, the teasing, the chaos, the clanging, the clapping, the noise. Yep, it’s all there… and then they sit on the couch doing homework …before leaving for school …and the house is quiet and you miss t

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Holidays together as a family means the world to me, and keeping family a priority and keeping your family close and it’s not perfect and it’s sometimes messy and it takes effort and you have to work at it and you want everyone to be close and you want all to be well and you […] The post

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I was talking to my niece Renate from Germany when she and her family were visiting us last month, and we had some conversations about parenting; she is a new mom to her little Florentine, who is 7 months old. We discussed parenting and motherhood; I can see she enjoys being a mom as she’s […] The post

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I was watching a Today Show Parents segment called Through Mom’s Eyes and it featured an interview with Sonya Curry, the mother of NBA superstar Steph Curry. In the six-minute segment, Sonya mentioned how she once didn’t allow her son to play in a basketball game when her son was in middle school because he didn

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We were at the Portland International Rose Garden recently and saw this rose and if you look really closely the name on this rose is Little Artist and I was intrigued both by the physical beauty and style and color and smell of the rose and also by the name of the rose. Little Artist. […] The post

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My Omi in Deutschland used to look me in the eyes with her deep dark brown eyes which had the brightest, shiniest beam in them and as she looked at me she would wrap me in her arms and exclaim to me: “Oh, Cornelia. Oh, Cornelia, du bist so lieb”  which is German for “you […] The post

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My Omi in Deutschland used to look me in the eyes with her deep dark brown eyes which had the brightest, shiniest beam in them and as she looked at me she would wrap me in her arms and exclaim to me: “Oh, Cornelia. Oh, Cornelia, du bist so lieb”  which is German for “you […] The post

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I love to walk places together with my people, if I can. On this crisp fall sunny cold day, my dad and I and a friend of my parents walked to my dad’s church. We were all bundled up and cold and yet it was so awesome. I love this time with my dad. Walking with […] The post

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When I turned 8-years-old in Corvallis, Oregon, I received 25 cents and a card for my birthday from my friend Jeanie’s Grandma Higgins, and my German mom had me write a thank you note to her. Three times. To get my handwriting just right.  When I gave Grandma Higgins the thank you card, the entire […] The

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While my husband Chris was growing up, he had always wanted to be a mechanical engineer, so it was quite a surprise when he announced to his father during his senior year of high school, that he might want to skip college and become a mechanic instead. His dad asked him what made him change […] The post

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Get your kids outside into nature with you  to explore. All ages. All stages. Take all the kids. Take just one kid, invite the cousins, go alone, invite a friend of theirs, invite a friend of yours. Go for an hour, go for half a day, go for the entire day. Go nearby, go far away. Go […] The post

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When my husband and I “just” had two kids, our first born, our only daughter, and our first son, born 18 months later, we quickly realized that they were so different and that we had to adjust our parenting accordingly. We realized this reality when our Rachel had done something wrong at about the age […]

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I visited my childhood best friend Jeanie in Corvallis for her birthday and she has been sorting through a bunch of keepsakes that her mom saved for her over the years. She was thrilled to show me some of the items. Letters I had written, stories she had penned that included references to my family, […] The

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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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