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Beauty Swoon

Sometimes the beauty of Oregon will still catch me off-guard as I’m driving through town, and I’ll wish I could capture forever what my eyes see in that instant. I didn’t...

Things I Miss about Texas (Yes, There Are Some!)

I’m so happy to be back in Oregon, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some things I miss about Texas. The people. I definitely miss some of the good friends we made there....

You Can Have This or You Can Have That

In the Houston suburb where we lived, our subdivision was just a few years old. The streets were a maze of cookie-cutter houses and square box back yards. Nearly every house had the same...

You Can Go Home Again, But It’s Really Trippy

Last week my husband and I flew to the Portland, Oregon suburb where we’ll be moving our whole family in just two weeks. We had lived in this particular town for 7 years before moving...

These Oregon Parks Are Calling My Name (National Park and Recreation Month)

When my family moved from Oregon to Texas in late 2007, one of the things I didn’t consider was how much our summers would change. Yes, I knew it would be hot, but I did not...

Long Story Short – A Quick Guide To Our Family’s Big Changes

July 2011 – my husband takes a job with his company in Chicago. The kids and I stay behind in Houston so our oldest daughter can finish her Senior year in high school. We anticipate...

When You Move Away, Far Away

It was all innocent enough. I had just finished my DVRd episode of Downton Abbey when a commercial came on for Antiques Roadshow, the host standing in a green valley, mountains rising up...

Sea World San Antonio at Christmastime

The week after Christmas, the kids were anxious to get out on an adventure. Realizing that our Sea World San Antonio passes would expire at the end of the year, we decided to take a very...