Sunday , Sunday – Edition 2

  Things that made me smile the last two weeks … What made you smile? Having drinks with my neighbor and friend, Taylor, Friday. We used some of my mom's glasses from the hutch collections to sip our blueberry sour lambic. She helped me untangle ribbon for the gift boxes. We talked about anything and … Continue reading Sunday , Sunday – Edition 2

And Along Came a 40th Birthday

It felt like an outrageous accomplishment. It felt like the summit of Mt. Everest. And it also felt normal. We made it to his 40th birthday and life with cancer has become so normal to us, I was distracted by daily non-cancer minutia and completely forgot to plan something. While I was distracted, Dan planned … Continue reading And Along Came a 40th Birthday

2016 Gave Us a Different Kind of Christmas…

I started decorating and helping Raine get ready for the holiday season the day we returned from Colorado (a trip to see friends after Thanksgiving). I was grateful that I did that--I didn't know the majority of December would be engulfed by the trauma and duties of grief, then caught up in the whirlwind of our … Continue reading 2016 Gave Us a Different Kind of Christmas…


We did it! We went to Disneyland! Thank you to all of our amazing donors who helped make the trip possible! Thank you to Allyson Patterson, Aileen Fontana, Charlene Herzing, Doug Herzing, Patricia O'Brien, Javeed Shah, Frank Sierawski, Terrah Barkley, Bronwen Thiebes, Andrea Barry, Melissa Ritchie, April Catlett, Mark Nicklas, Linda Buchanan, Sarah Christensen, and the Lemont … Continue reading Disneyland!

Two Months in Photos: Celebrations and Growth 2/13-4/13

Oregon's spring came generously early this year. I couldn't help but feel it was meant for us. The last two months have been full of struggle and change, so warm air, full sun, and colorful blooms as early as February were like stars in a deep, dark night sky guiding me along, promising some kind … Continue reading Two Months in Photos: Celebrations and Growth 2/13-4/13

Lovely Gift: Our Bracelets

Thank you to our dear friends Lorri and Carmen, who gave us these matching bracelets for Christmas. It is such a special gift--so lovely and thoughtful and keenly appropriate--I just don't have words. They are beautiful pieces, designed by Lisa Gaffney of Heart and Sol Designs, and inscribed with the custom phrase that I wrote in my … Continue reading Lovely Gift: Our Bracelets

One Week in Photos 12/2 – 12/9

What a busy week! The holidays have our calendar full. Looks like cancer won't be slowing us down! I started the week trying to take Raine to the gingerbread village decorating party for Valley Emporium, but he only lasted about ten minutes (long enough to pick out our candy decorations, eat a bunch of them, and then … Continue reading One Week in Photos 12/2 – 12/9

One Week in Photos 11/26 – 12/2

We celebrated Thanksgiving 2014 with the Sherwood Seven --Matt, Gayle, Abbie, Sarah, Garret, Hannah, and Emma. We have so many great memories with them, ever since our first Thanksgiving with Matt and Gayle in 2004! We had just moved to Oregon two months prior and Gayle invited us to her home for the holiday. It … Continue reading One Week in Photos 11/26 – 12/2

Two Weeks in Photos 11/11 – 11/25

  Look at these adorable nuggets! Raine had ten days with his cousins, Logan and Lexi, and major fun was had by all. They went to an indoor play center, played at our house, swam at their hotel, and played at the park. These photos were taken the afternoon that we got a package in … Continue reading Two Weeks in Photos 11/11 – 11/25