October 24, 2017

"These are Third Grade monkey bars." 


Quinn had climbed the three-step ladder and stretched her arms to demonstrate the bars were just beyond her reach. 

The sun was bright, the afternoon was mild, and when I fetched the girls from kindergarten, we peeled sweaters and walked to the playground instead of the car. They were sh...

October 13, 2017

When we were working on the concept for this shirt, Terry, the founder of the IBC Network Foundation, said to me; 

There are 5,000 new cases of IBC each year. Wouldn't it be meaningful if we could get 5,000 of these shirts out there, sharing our message?

Wouldn't it?

5,000

5,000 women (and men) who this year will hear the words...

October 12, 2017

7 years ago today, I lost my first pregnancy. Jason and I had a day off together, and we drove to Tacoma to do some shopping. I even made an early investment in a couple of cute maternity tops.

On the drive home I felt a little crampy, and figured it was something I ate. But as soon as I stepped out of the car in the drivewa...

October 6, 2017

This week, to write about anything else seems trite.  

And yet I feel completely unequipped to enter the conversations regarding gun control, a society that normalizes violence, mental health....

So I remained quiet.

Saw the girls off to school. Jason to work. Made another cup of coffee and another...and looked at my son.

...

October 1, 2017

October 1st. The starting line of that marathon called Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Though if you were to walk through the Pink Door House right now, you could look around and quickly surmise that October started pushing it's weight around here sometime in mid-September.

I felt it, truly felt it, last night. I was frantical...

September 27, 2017

Fall's bounty. Each September the Farmer's Market vendors stack boxes of apples and tomatoes, peaches and peppers. Nothing awakens my pioneering genes like harvest season's steep per pound discount.

I really do think it's in my blood. I remember the mysterious nook in my grandmother's basement, with it's huge jars of ca...

September 5, 2017

These days, the Pink Door House is brimming with All The Questions...

Mommy, what do porcupines eat?

How many stomachs do cows have?

Then why do people only have one stomach?

Why do people sleep in pajamas instead of their clothes?

Do leopards jump?

Do tigers swim?

What do milk and juice taste like if you mix them together?

Mommy,...

September 1, 2017

Four days to Forget Cancer. A year ago, I wrote those words in this post about a long weekend spent at Priest Lake. 

It's still true.

It's still my place.

This July, Mom and Dad rented a house on the beach for a full week...

Perfection.

Our own little spot to master sand castle engineering.

Clear, shallow waters for hours of spl...

August 26, 2017

"What are these two bumps on the front of her?"

Eli was thoroughly inspecting one of his favorite new toys. Jason's folks had scoured the Greater Dallas Area in search of a Wonder Woman action figure... procuring Wonder Woman Collector's Edition Barbie instead.

Close enough.

Wonder Woman Barbie has it all. The Shield. The Swor...

August 21, 2017

Big news! I am honored to be nominated for a 2017 WEGO Health Award alongside two of my IBC (S)Heroes.

From TheIBCNetwork.org:

WEGO Health Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower Patient Leaders. They connect with countless patient advocates, influencers, and experts who are helping others and tra...

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