Sitting in their living room, drinking Dutch Bros., talking about life, I felt an extra dose of thankfulness for my sister & brother in law. 

They are honest. Hard-working. Funny. Intelligent. Loving. Excellent parents. Wonderful friends- not just family. 

Amanda & Arnie live a life of service. Not only in the care of their 5 amazing children, but they serve in their church, the foster care/adoption community, in their friendships but also – Arnie is a police officer. He works most holidays & has been known to dress as Santa during Christmas time & ride around on his police motorcycle when protecting & serving his community (escorted by his chief). 

Their 2 youngest children are adopted. They were rescued from what would have been a life of pain, addiction & heartbreak. Now, they are THRIVING, wonderful little boys who will do great things in life. 

They have a family motto, “We do hard things.” They make the choice daily to do what is right – even when it’s hard or inconvenient. 
I’m thankful for these people. I’m so incredibly blessed by them & proud of them.


Textbook extrovert. If there’s a stage, Jenny wants to be on it; whether it’s singing in church, doing stand-up comedy or acting. She has recently joined a cult called LuLaRoe. Her husband, David, is deeply concerned. Jenny and David, a pastor, are recently celebrating eighteen years of marriage. After years of infertility, they became adoptive parents of two year old twin boys in 2014. They’ve never been happier or more exhausted. Every day is an adventure. Jenny blogs at and has a regular feature in Tualatin Life newspaper called Everyday Heroes to celebrate those serving our community. She and her husband started a clothing line based on their story and you can check it out at There’s nothing we can’t do with a little bit of love and a whole lot of caffeine.

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