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  I have 5 of these boxes. They’ve been stacked up, tucked into the corner of a closet since I packed away my academic past 8 years ago. It’s time to sort through them and decide what stays. The temptation to not even sort, but to load them into the car en masse and take […]

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Daffodowndilly by A.A. Milne She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, She wore her greenest gown; She turned to the south wind And curtsied up and down. She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbour: “Winter is dead.”

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At this very moment, our 17 year old is sitting his Physics final. This is the end of his second term at college and his spring break begins just as soon as he’s finished: having completed his Calculus final this morning. Let me tell you, typing that paragraph is weird. We’ve been at this college […]

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I took our youth group to a David Meece concert last night. He was playing a free concert at the Liberty Theater at the same time as our usual meeting: so it seemed like a good swap. Most of my kids had no idea who he was/is: but then they all think the 1980′s is […]

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All these posts with no picture. Tsk tsk.    Hands down, the highlight of my week (which has been very good! Lots of sunshine, lots of walks with IZ on the river front) was holding our neighbor’s two week old baby. We’d dropped by, because we saw the proud new daddy working the yard and […]

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So. A few years back, an email appeared in my in-box. I wearily looked at the sender and knew, “well, this won’t be good.” But I could not have imagined what was inside. To say it was the most hurtful thing I’d ever read: well… that would have been true at the time. Since then, […]

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“Miss Wende? Can I sing you a song?” She is five. It’s right before Sunday School is to begin. Due to a flood on the east side of the building, our classroom is engulfed in mildew– I’m frantically moving us up two flights of stairs for the duration. Who knows when we’ll be back in […

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Photo now… words later. Friday 28 February 2014: An Update So, I’ve had this post open all week on my laptop. And I’ve meant to update it. It’s just been one of those weeks. It’s 8 pm on Friday night, I’m finally off of work for the week — though I have a ton of […]

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My adorable Sisters-In-Love braved the gusty winds and torrential rain to visit. Bringing with them my gorgeous niece and her baby. This was the perfect way to celebrate!  Iz and I got our baby fix. Barbara Kellie, who is just 15 months walked straight into my kitchen and asked to be picked up. I was […]

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My social media streams are lit up like fireworks. With protests and fury over the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia this year. Many of my friends are disturbed by the culling of stray dogs in the town of Sochi and rightly so. For months, Russia’s horrific stand against basic human rights for its LGBTQ people […]

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I took this photo yesterday in Starbucks and posted it on Instagram with the caption, “for tomorrow we cleanse. . .” not realizing that the paper beneath my cup sums up my advice for a happy marriage. “Talk things out. (have a ) sense of humor. (Sometimes) cut a rug.” Serendipity. Oh, and the definit

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from the bathroom window

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Our little family at the Ocean. . . a little trip to Manzanita last Saturday   So, it’s the New Year. Is your list of resolutions as long as mine? I figure I’ll wittle it down a bit and then maybe talk about it. This is a big year for me: turning 44 and that […]

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I kidnapped IZ today for a quick trip to Cannon Beach. We usually try to head out there before the holiday for a little Christmas shopping–but with the 4th Sunday service this year, we didn’t make it. When today dawned a lovely sunny, promised 50 degrees: it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make up […

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Ok, so there should probably be a photo with this post. But, the boy has a social life: so he’s not around today to snap a photo. Maybe later this week?   Geo came home from Christmas shopping last night, “Oh, mom, you put my birthday tree up!”  And then he got kinda quiet and […]

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          Yesterday’s forecast gave us a 30% chance of snow. But, then, the forecast didn’t factor in the collective prayers of Astoria’s children. In fact, that’s mostly what I heard on Sunday  – “It’s going to SNOW!”  Not a hope, but a conclusion.

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Spending the day with these guys. This has been sitting in my draft folder for a day. Totally forgot to publish it. Um. I’m going to blame it on the turkey.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Astoria, Oregon!   It’s Thanksgiving here in the US. And I should probably say something profound or meaningful. But it’s too late, the Prosecco is already open, so instead I’ll just share the really silly  things we’ve said today during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Par

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The dress code was “business casual” so of course I interpreted that to mean, artsy casual… IZ, my husband who already works ridiculous hours, was invited to be on the board of a local charity. They’re looking for good people. He’s good people. And he has mad skills they can really use, so he s

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So cute, right? I thought so.    I do not want another baby. I’m cruising toward 44 (that number seems like magic!) and the next chapter of our life story is keenly on my mind. Our son is nearly out the door  and I’m thinking about what comes next for me. Because despite the writing [...]

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Storm brewing     Defying Gravity

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A bit like this. . .   This tray sits in the “pink” room’s window. I can see it from the hallway when I walk past, and the light pouring through it is so beautiful. I keep trying to capture it, but I either end up with an overexposed photo (see above) or I miss [...]

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Via Bluntcard.com Thought for the day… or question: “Why do we judge each other?” Especially women judging other women. I get not liking someone. I get not liking what they do, or how they do it.  When that happens, we should take my 80 year old friend’s suggestion, right? And just ignore and move o

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This child. Is not a child any longer. Shh… don’t tell his mother.   This child is driving me crazy. By all accounts, anyone as disorganized as he is should be failing out of college. A point I make. Often.  He is excelling, which is annoying. And who does that? Succeeds at Calculus and Physics [...]

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All over social media today. Anyone know the original source? I’d love to credit the artist.   Tonight I found myself on a milk run. (Why are we always out of milk?) It was one of those “days” and I needed a bit of time with my thoughts, so I told the college student “No, [...]

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via Pascale de Groof on pinterest   I’ve been sitting with this idea for awhile. It’s one of those thoughts that is both profoundly obvious and deeply challenging. On both sides of the coin, people are not who you think they are. But in my case, I’ve been holding this thought in terms of the [...]

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This is the problem with making proclamations. I kinda jinxed myself, right? I’ll confess, I’m finding it hard to keep up with all my obligations. There is so much to do — gardening, blogging, and laundry (oh my) end up on the floor. I’d tell you that I’m going to be better: but we saw [...]

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Humoring his mother on the first day of college.   It’s nearly 5 pm and he’s still not home. I’m going to take that as a sign he’s having a GREAT time! I’m in the thick of it here, but crossing my fingers, I’m hoping to be more present in October. Of course, I probably [...]

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Hi. I’m Wende and I spin plates. Rather poorly at times, but spin I do. There are days when it feels as if there are more plates wobbling on the ground, just about to lose all sense of motion, than plates spinning neatly in the air. Each day begins as a lottery, a game of [...]

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Spent yesterday “Aunting”. She’s captured our hearts!!      

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