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.
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Home {Renovations} for the Holidays

When my daughter was only four months old we were in the process of building a house. We had a contractor but did a lot of the work ourselves to save money. We would...
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Mom’s Holiday Survival Guide

The sugar high isn’t even gone from Halloween and the stores are hanging the stockings, pushing the candy canes, the gift guides and toy magazines have landed in the mail box and Costco looks...

Down Syndrome Through the Eyes of a Mom

One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome. It’s easy to gloss over that number or not think about what that means for a child or family until...
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The Day CottageCare Cleaned My House {Review}

(This post is sponsored by CottageCare. I was given a complimentary house cleaning by CottageCare; however, all opinions are 100% my own.)    I have never had my house anyone other than myself. (Okay, and my...

Kids Helping the Homeless: Teaching Compassion and Care

I didn’t see homeless people growing up in my rural Oregon hometown. I’m sure they were there, but it looked different than in the city. Living in Montana, there weren’t many homeless on the...

New Contributor: Meet Jody

There are many things I’ve said that I would NEVER do; have children, live in Portland, and do anything on a high ropes course or a zip line to name a few. Let’s just...