Author Archive | Jody


The Day My Daughter Was Diagnosed

I wouldn’t have made the appointment for my daughter’s well-child check except that I knew she was due for vaccinations. I went in with ease and confidence because this has been our healthiest year as a family ever. We haven’t even had a cold in over a year. The appointment was fabulous, until it wasn’t. […]

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5 Reason We Airbnb Our Home

Thinking about strangers staying in your home or sleeping in your bed are always the top objections friends share when I tell them we rent out our home occasionally on home rental sites like Airbnb, HomeAway, Housetrip, and Couchsurfing. My first reaction is, “Well, you stay in hotels don’t you?” There’s nothing grosser than that really. […]

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southeast portland

Choosing a Portland Neighborhood: A Moms Guide to Southeast

Before moving to Portland we did lots of research, toured around, and finally landed in what we think is the best part of Portland, inner Southeast Portland. Inner SE has twenty different neighborhoods that all have their own unique flare. It has some of the industrial, old-Portland businesses and train depot, but also the hip and up-and-coming […]

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middle school

A Letter to My 6th Grade Daughter

My Dearest Sweet Pea,    I’m thankful you still let me call you that. I’m not sure if one day you’ll resist but for today we still embrace it. You are about to enter into 6th grade. Middle school. These years, for many, are simply the years we say, “we survived.” Middle school years are […]

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Do You Sing Songs at Bedtime?

The evening had been challenging. They don’t call it “the witching hour” for nothing. Whining, throwing tantrums. Dinner wasn’t a quesadilla therefore not acceptable, and you’d think the request to brush his teeth was asking him to climb Mt. Everest. The battle was raging between the wee one and myself. So when it was time […]

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