food, garden, house, just life, oregon

My First Garden

Vegetable garden, that is. Growing up in WV, I would transplant daffodils and ferns from the nearby creek to decorate our yard. Several friends would gift perennials to add to my collection. But flower gardens became a thing of the past once I married. Working full-time those first three years of marriage meant that I… Read More My First Garden

just life, oregon

Snowbound

Well, I was hoping for winter, and Portland delivered. It delivered a foot of snow two Wednesdays ago. And the kids loved their first blizzard! When considering moving to Portland, we found that an average Portland winter has about one or two days of snow—and then, it’s usually only about an inch of snow accumulation,… Read More Snowbound

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Around Here

Between two birthdays and Thanksgiving all in the same month, Novembers are busy with celebrations around here. Because we’ve settled into life here in Oregon, our family calendar was a lot fuller this past month. I volunteered in Silas’s classroom twice and hope to do it more. His teacher’s love for her students and love… Read More Around Here