Happy Father's Day to my amazing husband, Dan Herzing. I am a dork and signed Raine and Dan up for a Father-Son Basketball Camp at Eureka College without even thinking about the fact that Dan has only one reliable lung, vertigo, and a recent complete shoulder replacement.It didn't stop him from attending today, doing the … Continue reading Father’s Day 2018
I regret that I didn't write and share photos more in 2017 in this special space. The loss of Grandma Mary at the end of 2016 extinguished a spark in my heart. I worried that the spark could never return. I now know that her death changed me, Leah, as I know myself, evermore. It … Continue reading Dearest Don Raine – This Was 2017
It was a quiet Monday night. We finished dinner and Raine was anxious to watch the tv show The Voice, his latest obsession (he is rooting for Noah). Rather than head for the living room, I asked him to stay at the table for a talk. I was flying by the seat of my pants in … Continue reading Talking to Raine About Daddy’s Radiation
So let's talk about life lately. We are nearing the end of July, folks. Summer is pretty busy, isn't it? It certainly has quite a zeal to it. If it were fall or winter, I suspect we would be judging our busyness and blaming it on "back to school" or the holidays, or this or that. … Continue reading Lately In Life
Hello, friends. I write to you this afternoon from my kitchen table with Sufjan Stevens playing and my laptop flanked by a glass of 2014 Giovanni and a small bowl of tiny blueberries from our yard. It's not a bad June afternoon. Which reminds of one of Dan's all time favorite songs... Dan is doing very well. … Continue reading Medical Update & Announcement
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
These are all photos taken by our talented friend, Christie, for our holiday cards. I can't even tell you how much I love them. We were at Cana's Feast, and those are my beloved mountains in the background. I'm not one to wear bright red, or even put Raine in bright red, but it happened … Continue reading Christmas 2014
You know, they say children are resilient. I believe it. Raine has been doing so well. We are in a situation where we have great sadness, anxiety, and anger. Our hearts are breaking with it, but also many hearts of people around us and who know us are breaking. It would be impossible for a … Continue reading How Is Raine Doing?