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I had a big vision for doing a sexy photo shoot at Cannon Beach in Oregon. I paid to fly every bit of my camera equipment out with me and I even flew my lights to Oregon with me, as well. But, the weather just was not cooperating with us. So, we had about 30 […]

cAKE TOPPER ON CHANGE

Your son has let you know that he is getting married. Now what? What should you, as the parents of the groom, expect to pay for in the upcoming nuptials? I will tell you what I have read on the internet and then I will tell you what I did, as the mother (I am […]

FIANCES KISSING IN A FIELD

Congratulations on your childs engagement and congratulations on your new daughter in law! MY TOP 10 TIPS FOR YOUR SONS ENGAGEMENT AND UPCOMING WEDDING 1. KNOW YOUR OWN EXPECTATIONS It is important to ask yourself–maybe even write down–the expectations that you have for your sons engagement and upcoming wedding. It will help you to know […]

Jennie on Cannon Beach

My weekend trip to Oregon to stay in a floating home with my cousin was a nice quick trip to just get away and try to reset. I took this trip just a few short months after we lost my stepson to suicide and I was in desperate need of some time away from home […]

CHRISTMAS TREE

Single-parenting during the social media era is hard enough without having the added challenges of single-parenting, holidays and social media. The pressure of seeing the Christmas trees swamped with gifts is pretty hard when you are picking yourself up after a divorce. I have been watching old home videos the past few weeks and trying […]

VIDEO RECORDING

I have not yet quite figured out how to make my videos amazing, but I can quickly view them and see what I don’t like about them. As such, I have figured out 5 things not to do when making a video for my blog. It takes so long to create a video, processing-wise, that […]

AN INTERSECTION AT A STREET

This is a post that I wrote for our church blog. We all find ourselves at intersections in life; but this is unlike one of those spiritual intersections. Read along as I go for a leisurely drive with my middle son to the intersection and get a snippet of what it can be like if […]

mEN HUGGING IN FRONT OF CASKET

It is a very unseasonably warm November night and I am laying in a hotel that overlooks the river. I can see and hear barge horns from the patio door as the barges are slowly pushed down the river by pusher boats. They are illuminated with blue and green lights against the dark night sky. […]

FOREWORD After a stepchild has completed suicide is no time to reflect on fault or blame, pointing fingers this way and that; however, for the sake of writing a blog post that may help someone else, I am going to share about a lot of my own personal experiences here. It is not my intention […]

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Confidently loading and unloading a kayak and which vehicle is best for transportation.

Image of family on beach

We decided to take a St. Augustine, Florida vacation this particular year. It was, also, the year of the Corona Virus pandemic. So, we were iffy about whether to take a trip or not, but eventually decided to go, anyway. And, I am so glad that we did. FLYING DURING DURING A PANDEMIC Our vacation […]

A BRAND NEW BATHROOM

THE LAKE HOUSE REMODEL: This particular client found out about me through word of mouth. The wife was working out with her trainer and had mentioned that she wanted to hire a designer to design a remodel for her basement. We met in 2016 and ended up remodeling her basement in 2020. This is a […]

WOMAN RUNNING ON A TRACK

This is a post that I wrote for my church blog. Enjoy it here, too. A blog post about loving and understanding our unique gifts and submitting those qualities to the Lord so that his will shall be done through you in your own unique way. I have taken up jogging. I am not a […]

A WOMAN SITTING ALL ALONE

I had been single for three years, coming out of a thirteen year long marriage to a very abusive man. My ex-husband and I had been in counseling for nearly the whole duration of our marriage seeing no less than eleven different therapists of varying genres during that time. I thought that I had learned […]

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