You did it! You packed up your family and decided to make a go of it in (or around) Portland. Congratulations, you are now a Portland transplant, like most of us. It is a big deal. It’s objectively difficult...
My job brought us to Portland in 2016. Our initial plan was for my husband to find a job and us put our four-month-old in daycare. However, after looking at our finances and realizing the majority of my husband’s...
I have been married to my husband for eight years and we have four wonderful children. When people ask me if having four kids is hard, I shrug and say, “Nowhere near as hard as it was being a...
The third row down on my bookshelf is full of a collection of old journals in many different shapes and sizes. I’ve been writing down my thoughts for years. I fondly remember the summer of '96 writing teenage poetry...
It’s said marriage is like holding a mirror up to your life. Relationship with a spouse has a way of revealing things we may not see otherwise. And if marriage is a mirror, then parenting is a magnifying glass....
I can promise that I will love him everyday, though that love might not look like hugs and kisses and thoughtful gifts. I can promise to respect him and his hopes and dreams, even if they don’t perfectly align...
Hunger is constant. It can be satiated, but without fail, in a few short hours our stomachs growl again telling us it is time to eat. Just as our stomach is hungry for food, our souls are hungry for...
The most common piece of advice I received while pregnant with my son was, "ask for help once he's born. You can’t do it all when you are a new mom!" And they were right. New moms need help...
We’ve lived in Portland for two years, and to be painfully honest, I thought I’d have a more mom friends by now. I’ve definitely met a lot of people, but I can count on one hand the number of...
My son is two-years-old. He just started to understand there are other people besides himself in the world. Sort of. This has made him become fascinated by where daddy goes every day. During the week, my husband gets up...

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