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On September 18th, four years ago, incurable cancer became a part of our story. I had to write about it in order to cope. Writing felt like the air I needed to breathe.On September 8th, only one year ago, the remains of my beloved mother were sealed inside a niche in a columbarium at Glendale … Continue reading Untitled

Young Cancer Family Starts Gift Business – We Need Your Help!

{Medical Update: Dan's shoulder replacement surgery was successful! He is such a rock star; he was sent home the following morning. Like, 24 hours later--In a giant hospital t-shirt that said "get moving," super tight scrub pants, and no shoes. Clearly, I was not prepared with an overnight bag. He started physical therapy after two … Continue reading Young Cancer Family Starts Gift Business – We Need Your Help!

Medical Update – Shoulder Surgery & Radiation Results

We spent a Saturday evening in Chicago celebrating the 40th birthday of our bestie, Corey. (Shout out to Corey! He is the reason we ended up dating and getting married.) Dan had just enough energy to live it up and enjoy being with friends. So this guy likes to keep me on my toes. Wednesday … Continue reading Medical Update – Shoulder Surgery & Radiation Results

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

We Are Moving (Again)

      In 14 days, we are moving to my dad's house in Washington. We will also get another round of scan results. Honestly, I can't figure out what I want to write about. I feel numb with exhaustion. The move wasn't an easy decision. There were so many different layers to our choice. I still … Continue reading We Are Moving (Again)

My Mega Blog Post

We have enjoyed a beautiful start to Spring here in Carlton, Oregon. Raine enjoyed celebrating Easter with egg hunts, gifts, treats, and time with friends. Dan's exam and maintenance chemo treatment on the Friday that followed Easter was without concern or change. For Christians, Easter is a celebration of Hope. I remember learning about Easter's … Continue reading My Mega Blog Post

Summer Recap

I believe what I would remember most about this summer (and the quickly approaching end of it) was 1.) Trying to come to terms with the demands of my own health, and 2.) A fierce nesting phase as I tried to both prepare to launch my new graphic design business and transform our house into a rather lovely … Continue reading Summer Recap

World Lung Cancer Day 2015

Yesterday was World Lung Cancer day. We spent it letting Raine play at a park. He ran and jumped and squealed and shouted. There was a sand pit with a "mountain" that he fought hard to climb up to the top of...over and over again. Sometimes older children held his hand and ran with him … Continue reading World Lung Cancer Day 2015

Eight Months

I took this photo for Instagram, 34 weeks ago. The caption was "Quiet noon hour." Four friends of mine 'liked' it. It wasn't the only photo I took that afternoon of myself. I was in the business of taking selfies back then. I took selfies or made Dan photograph me constantly to promote the clothing that … Continue reading Eight Months