Jenny

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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.

I Survived a 41-Day Road Trip

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Armed with matching road trip tee shirts and (my husband's) zest for life that could only be likened to Clark Griswald, my family set sail for 43 days in an RV. My husband received...

School’s Out. What Now?

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Welp. Here we are. We knew this day would come, but it's finally here. End of the weirdest school year EVER. I call it the Frankenstein's monster of education, but others call it things...
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The Invisibility of Special Needs

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I am a special needs parent. Those six words are hard to type. Because I don't think of my children as having special needs; they are just my kids. Not all special needs can be...
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The Boymom Diaries: Part 1

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My kids may be twins, but they are night and day. Raising boys is fun but also kind of gross.  One kid is clingy, loves gamer videos, and refuses to wear pants unless we are...

Mommy Is Obsessed with Hamilton

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I am obsessed with Hamilton, and it is driving my family crazy. I have wanted to see Hamilton for years. I saw a video of Lin-Manuel Miranda at the White House about ten years ago...
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Spirit of Summer (COVID Edition)

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You guys, what are you doing this summer? A few weeks ago, we went on a family road trip despite COVID. From Oregon, to California, Nevada, and Arizona. We kept safe distances and wore...

Quarantine Parenting

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About eight weeks ago, I was worried about surviving Spring Break - and this post was to be about my misadventures. Instead, it’s about our new world. This is quarantine parenting. Like many of you, I had...
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Stuff Moms Say

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Moms say the weirdest stuff to each other. Just met? EVEN BETTER. I have made friends out of complete strangers because of motherhood. Swapping recipes and parenting horror stories are just the tip of...

Life Without a Uterus

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Ladies, it’s me, your future. I’m here to tell you all is well in Hysterectomy Land.   Here in Hysterectomy Land, there are no feminine hygiene products of any kind. Why? Because your Aunt Flo will...
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10 Family Costume Ideas

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My family rarely dresses up in family costumes. The closest we've ever gotten is when my boys wanted to be Harry Potter and his owl, Hedwig. So, I did my take on Dolores Umbridge....