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This kid took me camping this year! We had a fabulous time–hard to believe he’s almost 18! Geo picked out our site and even paid for our reservation! When did he get to be such a grown up? We had such a lovely time — it’s become a tradition, this mother/son camping trip. But this […]

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I’ve had this post rattling around in my head for the past week. I’ve hesitated to write it — not wanting to put something out there that might not be a benefit. I think we need to be really careful when we start making proclamations in grand sweeps. So, I finally decided to put this […]

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Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 I was in 4th grade when I had to memorize Ephesians 4:29.  The King James version was required so phrases like “corrupt communicatio

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Cozy and a bit rumpled. Confession: our house is always a mess. Lately, I can’t keep up and frankly, I haven’t even been trying. Sometimes, life is just busy and you don’t get to choose what falls to the wayside. However, I do hit my limit eventually. And Friday night, as I headed to bed […]

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  When we were first married IZ worked in downtown Seattle, just moments from Pike’s Place Market. On Fridays, he would swing by the market on his way home from work and bring me an armful of flowers.  Usually big bunches of dahlias, but sometimes sunflowers or wildflowers, anything that was in season. It’

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What makes a cherry chocolate scone taste sweeter? Giving up sugar 10 days before you eat it!   IZ and I have been off sugar for 10 days. I should clarify, we’ve given up processed/refined sugar. We still eat a wee bit of  fruit and there’s the reality there’s sugar in everything– so, we’

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Me: Did you put the avocado in the refrigerator? IZ: Yes. And that’s what happens when you leave me in charge of unloading the groceries. Me: But where in the fridge? I’m not seeing them in the veggie drawer? IZ: That’s because they’re not a vegetable. Look in the fruit drawer. Me: Really? *eyeroll*

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Are you sick of photos of my darling grand niece. Yeah, me neither!  IZ’s sister, who lives in the Philippines, was visiting PDX this weekend–so we made another trip into the city to see her. She’s headed home in August and won’t be back for a few years, so this was our chance to see […]

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  I spent Friday “Aunting” with my chica! She’s such a ham, these days. She likes to stop and direct me to take her picture. When I pick up the camera, she flashes this very toothy grin. It makes me laugh, every time she does it– and of course, I oblige.  Click click!  

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I probably just jinxed myself. 

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Wearing: a top knot and lipstick. I can’t be bothered with much more on these balmy days. The weather here has been absolutely magnificent… especially for a June. And July is promising more beauty. For me, that means spending as little time on tedious things (like my eyebrows, um…what’s up with those

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Not really sure why some photos I upload from my iPad are displaying wonky when viewed on mobile. They just are. And a quick google search suggests that I’m not alone and this has been a known problem since ’11.  Wordpress is “working on it.” I am, however, not working on it. So, there are […]

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This is how my June began — with a sweet fix of sunshine. 

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Last week IZ whisked me off to Cannon Beach for 2 nights. It was lovely. It’s been ages (since our son was 6?) since we’ve been alone in a hotel room together. We’ve just not had people in our world to leave our child with. The few times we did, when Geo was younger, we […]

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Jeanine Collette joined the family on 21 May 2014. We’re already in love!

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IZ whisked me away to Cannon Beach for 2 nights.  

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Ignoring our cholesterol together. 

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This lovely man and I are about to celebrate 24 years of marriage in just a short month. And I’ve been reminiscing with him on our long walks this week–it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come. Just today, in one of those random moments of serendipity, we ran into the inn keepers of one […]

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  Last night, our son was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa — an honor society for scholarship. We’re utterly proud of him, of course. Part of the ritual is to give each inductee a white rose — the symbol of purity. His is now gracing our home and it makes me smile. It’s hard not […]

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Tonight, Geo was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. So proud of this kid.

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It’s not the best photo–but I love the look on our son’s face. The weather here has been glorious this week. And we spent most of last evening outside–hanging out on the porch with our telescope. The sky was perfection: the moon, Jupiter, and Mars all clearly visible. It’s these things I hold o

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Went for a walk tonight in this lovely weather with my sweetheart. Just as the sun was setting.  My sweet neighbor’s house.  Roo wasn’t too sure about having his photo taken.  Stopped by Nadine’s garden to see her progress! She’s amazing.  This is Pip. She’s Nadine’s cat and a neighbo

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It’s pouring rain today. We’re expecting a half inch. So, think deluge. But on my way into the house from dropping Geo off at class, I spotted this bloom. The first Cecile Brunner of the year. I climbed into the hedge to snap a photo  – and decided to bring this pretty thing inside. I’m […]

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Our clematis bloomed early! 

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Happy Hour at The Supper Club (the bar… so cozy!) This guy… is really sweet! I came home from a trip to Goodwill this afternoon… parcels in hand and he says, “Hey, let’s go out for happy hour.”  The upside of having a kid at college is dawning on me. You really don’t have to [̷

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It’s like Where’s Waldo. Except I’m on the page over and over and over… Today in worship, we had an intergenerational service. So, my kids were up front at craft tables for the whole event. Their job today was to draw portraits. One self portrait and then pictures of other people in the church. Geo [

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I can’t even. My child’s light reading scares me.

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Sounds of the Columbia River this morning. Never gets old. I’m doing the 100 Happy Days project over on Mireio. But I thought I’d post today’s Instagram video, because it’s just the best sound! Happy Saturday!

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I’m wiped out. But in the best way possible. I spent most of the day in ministry with the kids of our church. Sunday School, an after church event, and Youth Group. There are LOTS of photos of our day over on our Facebook page: but I wanted to post these photos of our after […]

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