My Trunk

As I stare at the trunk in my living room, I smirk at the irony of it all. For years I had wanted a trunk; an old-fashioned leather ones with the buckles. My step-mom had a beautiful trunk she'd restored in her living room, and I coveted it every time I visited. Finally, as a newlywed, I … Continue reading My Trunk

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{unpacking christmas}

The smell of pine needles reminds me of home. Some people like to choose the noble fir, but the lowly douglas is the one that brings back memories of Christmas in the Northwest. Thirty years ago my parents celebrated my first Christmas with me. I was 6 lbs, 15 oz at birth, just like my … Continue reading {unpacking christmas}

My Sister Got Her Head Stuck in a Bridge

Every family has their stories. You know the ones, the embarrassing anecdotes that remain funny no matter how many times you tell them. In my family, it starts out with, “My sister got her head stuck in a bridge.” Right from the start you can tell that this is going to be an unusual and … Continue reading My Sister Got Her Head Stuck in a Bridge

Editing & Processing

We've been back from our trip to Washington for a few days now and I'm still unpacking. No, not the suitcases...I was on top of that this time. Instead I'm sorting through the multitude of memories and emotions that I've brought back from this particular trip to my home state. This first trip with Silas. … Continue reading Editing & Processing