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One Rose vs. One Dozen

What kind of a church has a senior pastor that looks like this?!? Try to look past the crazy Don King hair and the thick glasses…until you can see the heart pattern on his love-ly vest. He’s the host of the famous Oldywed Game. Cue the music. (For a more complete story about the game, […]

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A Late Super Bowl

Every year we have a Super Bowl Party since we have a huge screen downstairs. (The projector actually shoots onto a flat wall.) Here’s my confession: it’s now more than a week after the big game and I still haven’t seen it. 16 adults and 20 children ran around during the party. Okay, mostly the […]

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Here a Tree, There a Tree

We live in a forest. By definition, that means there are a lot of trees around. But not enough, apparently, for the taxation department. The previous owners of the land ran cattle, so they got a break–known as farm deferral– in their taxes. We are city folk. When I was a young girl, my IQ […]

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Long-lost New Year’s Photos Surface

So, yes, a full six–SIX–days after the new year, the pictures are being posted. We spent the last few days of 2006 and the first of 2007 at the coast with three other couples: my parents, Tygh & Ambria, and Ambria’s parents. It was supposed to be prime whale-watching, with 200-300 passing each hour, but […]

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This Little Light of Mine

As we drove home from Taekwon-do yesterday night, the wind really picked up. Branches were blowing across the road. Occasionally, they blew right onto the roof of the van. At one point, a creek was flowing over the road. Passing a car who must have gone through too fast and flooded its engine, we put […]

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Let ‘er Buck!

The Portland area Buckarettes, class of ’95! We all went to high school in Pendleton, home of the WORLD FAMOUS PENDLETON ROUNDUP! Impressed, aren’t you? From the back left: Kim, baby Evie, Gillian, Holli, Nicole, baby Lauren, and Allyson. Front left: me, Amelia, Alison, and baby Eli. (Oh, I’m really hoping I didn’t get Amelia’s […]

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Yellow Locks & Yellow Belts

Looks like a scary family, huh? We joined Taekwon-do with just a smidge of trepidation concerning possible conflicts with our religious beliefs. As soon as we learned that our instructor and his wife had not only been married by the late Pastor Ron Mehl, but also walked the Holy Land with him, our doubts were […]

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