community, house, oregon

Here Is Home

God is good. He has blown us away with His generosity and graciousness in giving us this home as our own! From the first time I walked into this house, I fell in love. We had just survived four days on the road with three kids, a giant moving truck full of our earthly possessions,… Read More Here Is Home

friends, oregon

An Old World Kind of Day

Years ago, my friend Melissa said tulips were her favorite flower. I didn’t get it. Tulips seemed kind of lame to me…until now. Here in the mild climate of Oregon, each season stretches out in full glory so we can revel in it. I’ve never seen such a long, beautiful spring! Tulips are everywhere—and their… Read More An Old World Kind of Day

oregon

A Pacific Northwest Outing

It was time. Time to explore again. With all the snow, sickness, busyness, birthday parties, baby showers, and work schedule this winter, it felt like forever since we explored this new state of ours. After lunch we drove east to the Columbia River Gorge to visit the Bonneville Lock and Dam. The drive along the… Read More A Pacific Northwest Outing

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