Posts Tagged “family”

I -heart- this city
Quilts for the nieces and nephew
Yippee times three

Yippee times three

It’s nice when there are things to be happy about. I got to celebrate my dad’s 63rd birthday with both my parents, my daughter, my sister and her kids. I know an awful lot of people my age who have lost one or both of their parents, so it makes events like these even more…

Goodbye Grandma

Goodbye Grandma

There are few people who have affected my life as much as this lovely woman. I met Dijuan Coates in 1985, the year I met the teenage boy who would become my husband. He would visit her, his grandmother, amid travels and then he and I would hang out, tromping through the hazelnut orchard that…

Difficult days.

There are times when I have loved being a single mother. There hasn’t been anyone to argue with about what I think is best for the kids. No one to tell me what to do or where to go. I don’t have to okay anything with anyone; their father gave up that right years ago….

And then there were two.

And then there were two.

My family trio became a duo last week when my son moved out of his bedroom and into my sister’s house–1009 miles away. I’d been expecting him to go, he was going to bring her kids home after their summer vacation with family. He would accompany them on the flight, stay for a few weeks…

The Best Day Ever.

The Best Day Ever.

This is my five-year-old nephew’s favorite line this week. The first time Alex said it was last Friday as we left the Oregon Zoo. We’d spent four and a half hours roaming though the zoo, ogling the fruit bats as they devoured broccoli and bananas, meditated on the giraffe’s less-than-graceful gait, rumbled along the train…

Nothing works like I expect.

Nothing works like I expect.

At the beginning of February, I’d just lost/quit my job at the school and I was eager to put more effort into my book project and into my work at a local PR agency. My part-time job in social media had potential, I figured. Life had been so stressful working the two jobs on top…

Chúc mừng năm mới!

Chúc mừng năm mới!

We celebrated another lunar new year with friends and lots of food. Lots of good Vietnamese food. • Phở Gà and Phở Chay • Banana Flower Salad • Marinated Tofu and Sauteed Asian Greens

Finding the time and the money to mother.

Finding the time and the money to mother.

Since last November when I started working two jobs to make the ends meet, it’s been almost as hard on my 13-year-old daughter as it has been on me. The long hours and the inattention when I am home make her feel a bit neglected: “You always say ‘Sorry, but I have to work.’” She’s…

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