When Columbine happened, it seemed unthinkable. I know it wasn’t the first ever recorded school shooting, but it was unlike anything I’d ever heard of. It was a 24 hour news cycle nightmare I found myself glued to. Just trying to make sense of how this could happen. How could we prevent such a tragedy in the future? That was 20 years ago. Since that fateful day, there’s been numerous school shootings – I’ve lost count. It should come as no surprise that there’s active shooter drills in our schools. It grieved me as a young youth pastor’s wife with a heart for students that they would live in a world where this is just reality; a normal occurrence to be prepared for. It grieves my 40 year old heart today not only as a children’s ministry worker but as a MOTHER. Becoming a mom gave my love steroids. My…

I set my purse down on the kitchen counter along with some groceries for Pops. A cherry trivet sat on the stove next to its last working burner. The oven portion of the appliance no longer worked either. You see, the oven was an original fixture of the house, built in the 1950’s- much like its residents. This was Chris’s childhood home. She loved living in it as an adult, and having grandkids over to swim in the pool. My eyes drifted over to the old red kettle perched on that back burner. Pops made Mom a cup of tea every night. Constant Comment was her favorite. Without fail, I would tease her mercilessly about it. A woman known for her quick, witty repartee whose favorite tea was CONSTANT COMMENT?! What could be more perfect?! It was low hanging comedic fruit, but I’m not too proud. The kettle sat. Red…

New Years resolutions are inevitable. Even when I say I’m not going to make them, I’m unintentionally making a resolution to not make resolutions! I hear the same things every year, too. Lose weight. Travel more. Try new things. Volunteer more. Spend more time with the family. There has to be a way of setting goals that inspires us to become the best version of ourselves, but aren’t unrealistic and don’t make us feel like failures if they go unaccomplished. Here is my list of five realistic goals I’m setting for myself in 2018. Continue reading at Portland Moms Blog  Here’s my first (and hopefully not my last) appreance on KGW. http://www.kgw.com/mobile/video/entertainment/television/programs/portland-today/resolutions-parents-should-make-this-year/283-2852249