Race for the Cure, Portland, OR

Sunday was the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Portland. An estimated 45,000 people turned out for Sunday’s Race for the Cure in downtown Portland. I don’t know how many participants there are in other cities but I have heard the Portland race is one of the larger ones. Local radio stations not only have teams they ask local businesses to sponsor their teams. In return the sponsors get exposure on the air, on the radio stations web stream, in the radio emails, and on team T-shirts. I like this additional way to raise money – Can’t make it to the Race? You can Sleep In for the Cure!

I went to Safeway to buy groceries on Sunday and they were playing Melissa Etheridge’s song “I Run”. When the CD was first released Safeway sold it with some of the money going to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Thankfully my family has no history of cancer of any kind but I do have friends and co-workers who have had breast cancer. Some have won the battle and others have lost the battle.

This is my tribute to those brave women who have fought the battle and WON! You go girlfriends!!!!

Friends and family made the wedding perfect for Tara and Kelly

Tara is Rene’s supervisor at the credit union. Rene is building her portfolio so that she can take on some professional photo jobs. She would not let Tara pay her so we slipped some money into her purse. Rene took a ton of photos and I can’t wait to see them.

Cindy, Tara and Kim. Cindy and Tara have been best friends for twenty-two years. Cindy gave a toast and that made many of us cry.

Cousin Erika, Cindy, Tara and Kim. Erika was pretty much in charge of creating all of the crafty stuff. She and her mother sewed fifty chair covers. Erika and her husband Alan made the arch that the ceremony took place under.

Tara with my sister Debi whose yard the wedding took place in. Debi loves to entertain and be in charge so she was in her element that day.

Kim and Rob are very good friends of Tara and Kelly’s. Two years ago when they got married TnK were their witnesses. Kim wrote the vows and did an excellent job even though a couple of times she started to cry while reading them. Rob was in charge of the music and video camera.

I would be a really bad mother or grandmother if I didn’t post a photo of TnK’s gurlz. Cindy walked down the aisle with them and then they had to give love to TnK when the ceremony was over.

A Mother’s job is tough but rewarding

As I was cleaning up my computer yesterday and getting rid of duplicate photos that I no longer needed I came across the folder of the photos I called “for Tara”.
Earlier this year when I was trying to help my daughter Tara with her recovery from a near death experience (cardiac arrest) I thought it would be helpful for her to have some activity that she could do that didn’t require much concentration. Cardiac Arrest causes lack of oxygen to the brain resulting in memory loss so she needed some activity that didn’t require a lot of concentration. I had gone through all of my online photos, scanned and uploaded and found about 100 that I used to make a PhotoShow. I then had these photos printed for Tara and purchased several scrap books for her. Tara asked me how I got my baby photos to look like they did. Hello, this is the way photos looked in the 50’s.
So for me to review this PhotoShow again brings back the memories from Tara’s recovery but also some really good memories about how Tara and I have evolved from mother and daughter to being really close friends. I have always said the being a mother is a tough job but if you and your children are friends you have been successful at parenting.

This photo must be from about 1977

My 50th birthday party three years ago

Photos of Tara and me about the same age but 20 years apart.