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Bike races and Woody Dolls

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Summer has passed, and we find ourselves at the doorway to the school year. This summer has had some playing in it, but mostly work and stress. I found a job, but it is only part-time housecleaning. Bo finished his spring term at PCC, and realized that we need to make rent, so was hired to build a functional basement as well as paint a house’s exterior. Due to a misunderstanding of paperwork the college wanted from Bo, he will also be...
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Posted on Aug 02, 2015

Mom finds a Job and Dad takes...

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Dear Grandmother Jarvi,

Good day, Grandmother, I hope this letter finds that you are well and happy! It’s update time again so that even if we cannot see you face-to-face, we are still in your life through spirit. Nothing monumental has occurred except that we are somehow still living in this perfect spot in the universe.

I hadn’t had a job since December, and although we had rent paid ahead through June, by mid-May I was...
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Posted on Aug 02, 2015

Vacation with the ladies at...

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July is here, and so ends the seventh year of our living in Portland – well, except Bo who has to wait a couple more months for his seven-year-end. It was June 14th of 2005 that my three boys and I stepped into the PDX airport to meet Juni, Chad and Aryana. That summer I started our family in a shelter in North Portland, and used the resources I found there to gain employment and, by the time Bo arrived, our first little place to live...
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Posted on Aug 02, 2015

Farewell Susan and Hello Josh

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Gayheart III Family Letter March 2012

Blessings and a joyful spring to you! We Gayhearts are feeling blessed here in Portland, OR even with some difficult change going on. My last letter mentioned that Bo and the boys spent Christmas in Tennessee in order to see Bo’s mother, Susan. It was a good idea because this January she did pass away and Bo attended the funeral. Although the reason for the trip was unhappy, Bo felt fulfilled...
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Posted on Aug 02, 2015

Second Year of College and...

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My Dear Friend Amber,

I know this letter is late to your house for it being a birthday letter, but I’m writing it ON your birthday, so that should count for something! I really wanted to get a letter in the mail for you rather than an email because friendly mail in the mailbox is such a pleasant surprise! I hope you managed to get some time off at least on your birthday. I can only imagine that your schedule hasn’t changed...
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Posted on Jul 28, 2015
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