• Awesomeness,  Bipolar Disorder,  Dan,  Dr. Singh,  Gifts,  Gratitude,  Hobbes,  Hope,  Marriage,  Sunday Sunday

    Sunday, Sunday – Edition 1

      We survived another week! Time for another. Things that made me smile … What made you smile? The kindness and generosity of somone who is going to help us get Hobbes treatment to remove the tumor on his tummy. Creating a new playroom for Raine so that he can pretend he is an American Ninja Warrior. Vegan cookies from Cyd’s. My options are thin for a dairy allergy, so when in Peoria … Buy 4 cookies and live large! ( I would share a photo…But you know it! I ate them so fast.) Catching up with friends. Celebrity name drop! TAYLOR BLACK. JON BYLER DAN. ALLYSON PATTERSON. The support…

  • April,  Awesomeness,  Backyard,  Char,  Chemotherapy,  Dan,  Drink,  Flowers,  Food,  Friends,  Grateful,  Hattie,  Hobbes,  Jim,  Leah,  Lorri,  Nature,  Parenting,  Photos,  Quotes,  Raine,  Rocco,  Sarah,  Wine

    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 of hope. We are navigating our way and trying to embrace what is new and different. We celebrated Dan’s first scan post platinum chemotherapy treatments (the scan that showed the tumors have all died or stopped growth) as big as we could: we took naps in a luxurious hotel bed in downtown Portland. Haha! That…

  • Carlton,  Dan,  Doug,  Flowers,  Gifts,  Grateful,  Hobbes,  Holidays,  Joy,  Leah,  Love,  Photos,  Raine,  Rocco,  Snail Says,  Special Events,  Wine

    Our Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony

    There was a beautiful opportunity that opened up for us to renew our wedding vows on Valentine’s Day. In three weeks, I planned a small ceremony for us with our siblings, Doug and Rachel, and enlisted a few friends and community members to help us put it together at the last minute (on a shoestring budget). It all fell together like clouds parting to let a generous slice of sunshine through–and that warmth covered us so that we felt rejuvenated as a couple. It was utterly luxurious to dress up, shamelessly invoke romance, and focus entirely upon our love and our solemn vows to one another. You can read more about leading…

  • Dan,  Depression,  Fibromyalgia,  Gratitude,  Hobbes,  Home,  Leah,  Oregon,  PCOS,  Raine,  Rocco,  Values

    About Us

    Outside Providence Sherwood, Dan’s family practice office.  Less than 10 days ago, my sister set up a GoFundMe fundraising account in our names. I also used GoFundMe a year ago to raise funds to help my parents after the tornado in Washington, IL. I had never used a web site like that and was stunned at how easy it was to create and how quickly and generously people gave. We raised a significant amount in online & offline donations to help my parents recover and rebuild from the tornado as well as maintain medical needs for my mom. I never dreamed that Dan and I would need a fundraising site…