How I Met My Friends

How I Met Leah Brandis

I knew of Leah through Thuy since they both lived in McNary Hall at Oregon State University. I’ll admit that I was jealous that they had a tight-knit group that got to experience new things together. I was just getting started learning ballroom dancing, but I had no other friends who did, so I went on my own. Thuy, Leah, and their other friends went together and benefited from exchanging notes and learning from one another. I knew that they would all grow quickly. And they did. They moved up into the performance team not long after. I wished I had been on the team the same year as them.

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Cute-Babays

Happy 7th Birthday Kadie!

Kadie photo collage in shape of Chinese character for seven

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All Natural

Collage of portraits

Clearing the Cache

My Sabbatical

After ten years of employment at Vernier, each employee receives a four-week sabbatical. I remember thinking, wow, that’s awesome! What would I do with four weeks off? And now, here I am, at the end of my sabbatical thinking, “Wow, that went by fast. What did I do?”

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Lamont and Maria

Collage of Lamont and Maria's wedding photos
Lamont and I work in the same department at Vernier, but I didn’t know him until we sat beside each other at a Blazer game. Not long after, I saw him in passing at church, and we began chatting here and there.

I learned that he had been with his girlfriend for several years and he had two beautiful little daughters near the same age as my own daughters. I remember praying that he would marry his girlfriend someday. Not only was that prayer answered several years later, Jenni and I were invited to be their wedding photographers.

We couldn’t be happier for the both of them.

Clearing the Cache

Happy Birthday Jenni!

Portrait of Violet, Jenni, Bruce, and Kadie

Cute-Babays

Happy Birthday Violet!

Photo collage of Violet in the shape of the Chinese character for five.

You’ve stepped it up this year Vi! With Kadie gone to kindergarten, you took care of your little brother and helped mommy around the house. You bring the gift of laughter into our house with your silly antics and tall tales.

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Straight to True North

Happy Mother’s Day!

I discovered a wonderful storytelling app for the iPad, Adobe Voice, which allowed us to quickly put together our Mother’s Day sentiments this year. I highly recommend trying it out if you have an iPad and a desire to tell stories. Check out the two we created.

Straight to True North

Happily Nine Years After

For our ninth chapter of our “happily ever after,” we embarked on two health challenges, one ongoing kitchen remodel, and one career milestone.

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My Thirty-Fifth Birthday


Coconut ice cream apple pie with colleagues. Barbeque burgers with in-laws. Chow mein with parents. Allergy-friendly apple pie with kids. LAN party with the guys. Weekend date with Jenni. The best gifts from my birthday week.

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