Jody grew up in a small town in Central Oregon, graduated from Oregon State University, traveled to Africa for three months and, upon returning, moved to Montana to be near her then fiancé. They lived in Bozeman, Montana for nine years working on the Montana State campus in full-time ministry. They now have lived in SE Portland for nearly eight years and work part-time with the same faith-based non-profit. She is also now a business owner and helps others find health and happiness through Plexus. She has been married for 16 years and they have two beautiful kids. Their 11 year-old daughter is a miracle biological child after years of infertility, and their son 7 is a miracle child through the gift of adoption. Jody loves living in beautiful Portland where flowers are always in bloom and there is always an adventure around the corner to be had. She loves Jesus, coffee, a good book, deep conversation with people she loves, being intentional to love those around her, hosting events in their backyard, sausage, beer, traveling, and being a wife and mom. The beach is her happy place. She also blogs occasionally at about motherhood and ministry.

Tulip Season: Our Favorite Family Spring Activity

One of my favorite things to do in Portland each spring is go to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. It’s simply breathtaking! The vibrant colors that go on for acres are just stunning. I could...
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Do You Sing Songs at Bedtime?

The evening had been challenging. They don’t call it "the witching hour" for nothing. Whining, throwing tantrums. Dinner wasn’t a quesadilla therefore not acceptable, and you’d think the request to brush his teeth was...

What Can We Teach Our Kids About Politics?

I still remember when politics took a turn for me. My daughter wasn’t quite two yet when President Obama was sworn into office. Politics changed in that election because I knew it would not...
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6 Reasons Why I Send My Kids Away Each Year

I squeezed both my kids tight, kissed them, and told them multiple times how much I loved them. They excitedly got in the car and they were off I always manage to hold it...

The Ultimate Portland Summer Bucket List

Two things I love; summer and making lists. I don't know if it's the sense of accomplishment I get from checking an item off or that it gives me direction for my day/month/year but...
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Speak Truth to Yourself, Mama

It happened last Mother’s Day. My daughter handed me the sweet gift she had made and was so anxious for me to open. I gently pulled out the artwork she painted at school especially...
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28 Family Date Ideas Around Portland

I recently talked about the importance of dates with your significant other, and gave 28 date ideas around Portland. In our family we also like to have family dates. We value being intentional with...
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Is the Air Poisoning Our Children?

I saw the news story last week and panic set in at rapid pace. I frantically read the article titled, State Finds Alarmingly High Arsenic and Cadmium Levels Near Two SE Portland Schools. It stated...

28 Mostly Inexpensive Date Ideas Around Portland

Who doesn’t love a date night? Better yet, we all NEED date nights. As parents it is SO important to get out without your kids and focus on your significant other. It’s of utmost...

10 Ways to Identify and Ignite the Spark in Your Child

Hidden in each of our children are sparks of greatness. Even from a young age I began to see in each of my kids desires, passions, gifts, and abilities. Some sparks are more innate...