We are making the trek back to Oregon today. I love Oregon, but California will always be “home”. I think no matter where you grew up, that place is always what you indentify with as being home. 

Until I moved to Oregon almost 16 years ago, I had no idea what a beautifully diverse area I grew up in.  While Portland is a very accepting & welcoming city, it is not nearly as diverse as my Bay Area. But I think it’ll get there someday.

I think it’s also further testiment of my good upbringing – the fact my parents never called attention to people by the color of their skin. 

So, I’m thankful for my roots in a diverse place.


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 thefivestages.wordpress.com 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 bottlecapbadge.com. There’s nothing we can’t do with a little bit of love and a whole lot of caffeine.

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