I celebrated my ninth annual 40th birthday last weekend. (A friend of ours has been celebrating her 60th for several years now!) I was delighted to discover, a few months ago, that one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Dar Williams, had a concert scheduled in Hood River, a little over an hour from Portland. We had no
Every Day Is a Miracle
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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. I prefer the latter." -Einstein
Huffington Post published an article by Maressa Brown from The Stir called "20 Things All Women Should Do Before Getting Married." I did some of these before getting married and some of them since. How about you?
This is my final blog post about our road trip to the Bay Area in August. The last one I wrote was about viewing the bay by water. Previously I wrote about camping and driving, wandering, and three museums in three days. The high point of our week staying in Santa Rosa was spending time with my sister and her family.
This is my monthly recap of the books I've read and reviewed on my book blog. For full reviews of these books, click on the title to go to Marie's Book Garden. It's been a produc
This week's Monday Listicles is "10 celebrities I'd choose to be stuck on a desert island with," after choosing my top 10 male crushes a few weeks ago. Here goes! 1.
This week's Monday Listicles is "10 things I'm looking forward to." I'm the kind of person who loves to have several items on my list to look forward to--it's probably why I love to plan vacations so much. Here goes! 1. Having my parents come home from their trip to England and Ireland. They've been havi
This week's Monday Listicles is "Ten Things Men I Have a Crush On"! Of course, my dear husband is always #1 in my book, and the others are purely for fun! 1. My husband
The last post about our road trip featured our visits to three museums in three days. In addition to spending time inside, we also were out and about near or on the water: I
Yesterday, 12 years to the day since they firs
My oldest son, Chris, went through a WWE wrestling stage when he was in middle school. Not too long ago the youngest, Nicholas, age 6 at the time, discovered Chris' WWE videos and video games and was drawn in. Soon he was hooked, and now he WORSHIPS John Cena. When Chris was into wrestli
My oldest son who was born extremely prematurely recently celebrated his 17th birthday, and it's fall. Fall always makes me think about the NICU, as we spent 117 days there from August 23 to the week before Christmas in 1996. (You
As promised in my last road trip post, we tackled three museums in three days. We had bought a San Francisco CityPASS, so we felt compelled to use everything in it!
The youngest of my three boys, Nicholas, turned seven today and started first grade! It seems like just yesterday when he joined our tribe. He was born just after the cut-off (Sept. 1), so he's always one of the oldest in his
This is my monthly recap of the books I've read and reviewed on my book blog. For full reviews of these books, click on the title to go to Marie's Book Garden. My reading quantit
I haven't participated in Monday Listicles for awhile, but now I'm back in the game. This week's topic: what's memorable about your summer? I began the summer
We arrived in San Francisco on Saturday after driving a few hours from our campground near Napa. We entered the city via the Golden Gate Bridge, which was an exhilarating way to start our week in the Bay Area
The 17-year-old is finally getting his way, and 4/5 of our family is headed to a music festival today.
A family in Michigan just had their 12th boy, after of course hoping for a girl. Both my three-sons-also sister and I have been asked if we are going to try again for a girl. (NO!) We know a couple who was so d
After looking at these hilarious photos on Buzzfeed, "21 Photos Proving that Eldest Siblings Have the Toughest Jobs in the World," I started thinking about being an oldest child.
Friday night I took my 10-year-old thespian to see "My Fair Lady" at Broadway Rose Theatre Company, which produces musicals. Last fall we'd seen Broadway Rose's production of "Little Shop of Hor
The theme this week for Monday Listicles is "Things I've Done that Are Completely Impractical." As I was trying to come up with ten things, I realized that I'm actually a fairly practical person...it took me awhile, but I managed.
This is my monthly recap of the books I've read and reviewed on my book blog. For full reviews of these books, click on the title to go to Marie's Book Garden.
Coming up on two years ago, I posted a video showing when Kieran received the news that he got his very first professional acting role, playing the only child role in "Frankenstein: The Little Monster" at the Jane Theater Compan
This afternoon I went to traffic court. It was a matter of principle...because.... This is how old I was when I got my first ticket: 18! I was driving on SW Oleson Road, not too far from where we live now. I don't remember my speed, but it was probably 40 go
On Friday, I face what I very much hope to be my last ear surgery. Many people have asked me what I'm having done and I have struggled to explain it, so I did a bit of research to understand it myself. If you haven't read the history of where I've got to this place, go to the bottom of the post.
Today is not only my parents' 52nd wedding anniversary, but it is also the birthday of my wonderful brother-in-law David and dear friend April. (Cannily, April is married to another David! We have a lot of Davids in
Today's Monday Listicles is "Words that Make You Smile." I was going to do a serious list until I read Stasha's collection and saw a few of the Queen's English listed there.