Monday, December 22, 2008

Snow Day Collage

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More snow!

Monday morning "to do" list:
  • Sleep in
  • Drink hot chocolate and eat cinnamon-sugar toast
  • Take the family outside to play in the snow
  • Go sledding
  • Drink more hot chocolate and eat grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Play guitar
  • Take a nap or watch TV
  • Eat dinner
  • Hang out
  • Watch a movie
  • Go to bed
I like this "to do" list!

Sunday, December 21, 2008


I love stories. As the Christmas carols have been playing, I keep thinking about the story being told in the lyrics:

Oh, Come, Oh, Come Emmanuel
Translated: John Neal, 1818-66

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

I keep thinking about the words "ransom" and "captive", "mourns" and "exile". Powerful words that really stir my heart.

I've been thinking about a story that Donald Miller tells about a folk concert he attended with one of his friends. Don says:

"Between songs, though, he told a story that helped me resolve some things about God. The story is about his friend who is a Navy SEAL. He told it like it was true, so I guess it was true, although it could have been a lie.

The folksinger said his friend was performing a covert operation, freeing hostages from a building in some dark part of the world. His friend's team flew in my helicopter, made their way to the compound and stormed into the room where the hostages had been imprisoned for months. The room, the folksinger said, was filthy and dark. The hostages were curled up in a corner, terrified. When the SEALs entered the room, they heard gasps of the hostages. They stood at the door and called to the prisoners , telling them they were Americans. The SEALs asked the hostages to follow them, but the hostages wouldn't. They sat there on the floor and hid their eyes in fear. They were not of healthy mind and didn't believe their rescuers were really Americans.

The SEALs stood there, not knowing what to do. They couldn't possibly carry everybody out. One of the SEALs, the folksinger's friend, got an idea. He put down his weapon, took off his helmet, and curled up tightly next to the other hostages, getting so close his body was touching some of theirs. He softened the look on his face and put his arms around them. None of the prison guards would have done this. He stayed there for a little while until some of the hostages started to look at him, finally meeting his eyes. The Navy SEAL whispered that they were Americans and were there to rescue them. Will you follow us? he said. The hero stood to his feet and one of the hostages did the same, then another, until all of them were willing to go. The story ends with all the hostages safe on an American aircraft carrier." (Miller, Blue Like Jazz, p. 33-34)

And Miller shares how the story helped him see how Jesus came to us...Emmanuel...God with us.

I love stories.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winter Wonderland

Scenes from a snowy Saturday

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nothing profound...

I like the music to the new Sears commercials..."World" by Five for Fighting.

I like the song "Let my love open the door" in the movie Dan in Real Life. So good!

I like the movie "Two Weeks Notice" with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant.
The scene where they are stuck in traffic and she has to go to the bathroom...
Do you know how funny that is?

Oh. My. Word!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Martha Stewart? Meet Quinn

More snow today!

Tonight we had great adventures decorating sugar cookies. The dough turned out well, the shapes held, and we pulled out the frosting, sprinkles, and M&Ms. Good treats and good times.

Here is a sneak peek into our lives tonight...and a little video of Quinn to enjoy with a little snow.

How Quinn and Ryan decorate Christmas cookies...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

16 degrees

16 degrees outside and cold, cold, cold. Quinn was even wearing gloves in the house...

Tonight we made sugar cookies and had a good time with cookie cutters.
Tomorrow we'll get to frost and decorate them.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Tonight Quinn and I were talking.

He was excited about Christmas and was asking me to draw pictures on the Magna-doodle. I can be quite the artist. Snowmen, Christmas trees, lights, candy canes were all among his requests.

I asked him why we celebrate Christmas.

He said, "Because Jesus loves us."

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A few of my favorite things...

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things..."

Last year I
shared a few of my favorite things and this year I thought I'd do it with a few more questions and answers!
  • Name--Meredith Leigh Dougherty
  • Other possible name? Besides Meredith, Allison was on my parent's short list
  • Birthplace--Anchorage, Alaska
  • Heritage--Czechoslovakian on my mom's side/English on my dad's side
  • Righty or Lefty--righty
  • Introvert or extrovert--I'm middle of the road but lean towards extrovert
  • Meyers-Briggs Personality type--ENFJ
  • Favorite beverage: Coffee...Starbucks Cafe Verona with caramel/vanilla creamer or Ryan's homemade iced vanilla latte
  • Favorite dessert: chocolate, ice cream, delicious sweet treats
  • Favorite 80's band: Tears for Fears...the songs so easily run through my head
  • Favorite Foods: Anything from Pizzacato, a whiskey river BBQ burger at Red Robin, clementines (they are so good and yummy this time of year), Macaroni Grill, anything Greek or Middle Eastern
  • What were you doing a year ago?--Getting ready for the admissions' Ugly Sweater Christmas party with Ryan and setting up the Christmas tree with Ryan and Quinn
  • What were you doing five years ago? We were living in the halls on campus as students got ready for finals week. There was a large Christmas tree we set up in the lobby before the HMS Christmas party. We had a tree in our apartment and were getting ready for the Christmas break.
  • What were you doing ten years ago? Ten years ago was 1998. I was living in the 8th Street House in Indiana getting ready to go home for Christmas. I was working at JobSource and taking two classes.
  • Favorite Christmas songs? "O Holy Night" and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel". I love the words to both of these songs and the imagery. I also really like the Patti Smith rendition of "We Three Kings"--it is dark, moody, and sounds like a traveler moving through tough terrain.
  • Favorite game to watch: college basketball
  • Favorite way to spend this Monday: SNOW DAY! I love it!
Remembering is good...thinking about favorite things is good...

Drinking chai on a cold, snowy night is good...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Quinn meet Bob...

We made a trip to the Children's Museum a bit ago and got to sample the Bob the Builder exhibit. Quinn was in his element and Ryan and I had a great time watching as he ran from "friend to friend" and played with all of the cool Bob stuff. It was really a sweet time and we had fun exploring the rest of the museum too. Here are some pictures of Quinn bonding with Bob and friends...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Once Upon A Time...

I blogged.

I feel like I've had a few posts that have involved me saying that I've been meaning to post but life has happened and it is now weeks later and I'm only now posting again. I won't belabor the point--I'm sure you understand. So, moving right along...

The Christmas tree is up, the decorations are out and about, and we drove through Newberg last night looking at Christmas lights. Quinn LOVES Christmas lights. Lots. Lots. Lots. He calls out the kind of light he has spotted (There are IIIIIIIIcycle lights!) and what animal he has spotted (Look!!! Reindeer!). Every snowman is Frosty and he is thrilled with cand
y cane lights. He likes to check out the lights on the neighbors' houses.

The other morning, Ryan and Quinn came out to turn on the tree's Christmas lights.
Ryan said, "Good morning Christmas tree!"
Quinn said, "Daddy, the Christmas tree doesn't have a mouth."

Just in case you were wondering. Christmas trees don't have mouths.

Monday, November 3, 2008


I am thankful for the opportunity to vote. Ryan and I voted last night...and decided we would keep our process a private one so rest assured that this is not an endorsement for any one candidate.

Quinn did say today that he was going to be president. When I asked him what he was going to do, he said he was going to live in the White House. He continues to ask about Barak, John, Sarah, and Joe (the Biden) plus Wolf (the Blitzer) so you'll know that we've watched a *few* speeches the last few weeks (months, years, decades...oh, has it only been two years?)

We were reminded on Sunday that our job is not to villify either candidate and that no matter who wins, we are called to pray for our leaders--"for kings and all those in authority" (I Timothy 2:1-6). And ultimately our focus is Jesus and not allegiance to any other person, yes?

So my perspective today and tomorrow is...

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

"In Christ Alone"
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A song for today...

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Greater than...

I read this today...and thought it might be a good word for more than just me today.

1 John 3:20 For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Psalm 135:5 I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.

1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Job 33:12 For God is greater than any human being.

Isaiah 29:16 (NLT) How stupid can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you. You are only the jars he makes!

Mark 1:7 He (John the Baptist) announced: "Someone is coming soon who is far greater than I amso much greater that I am not even worthy to be his slave."

John 3:31 "He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. I am of the earth, and my understanding is limited to the things of earth, but he has come from heaven."

Hebrews 1:4 This shows that God's Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is far greater than their names.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Quinn's Halloween Adventure

This year Quinn spent the day as Bob the Builder...this is Bob with a serious "cheese" grin. He was happy to take his hammer every where he went and say, "Can we build it? Yes we can!"

"Bob the Builder" started the morning building and singing in the house

We spent the afternoon downtown with friends seeing the sights...

We finished the day with a trip through a bouncy house and slide, then chocolate at Grandma and Grandpa's

A year ago, Quinn worked the counter as a barista for Starbucks. I think they talked to him about creating new drinks at headquarters.

Two years ago we were in Newport and Quinn was Superman! And Quinn is still his very own Superman! Fun to see how this little guy keeps chugging along...and so cute!

Pumpkin Passion

The joy of pumpkin has entered my soul yet again and I'd like to share some delicious treats!

Pumpkin Pancakes (from
We made these last night for dinner and they were great! So wonderful and tasty!
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tblspns brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar

In separate bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil, and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt, stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Spread the batter out a bit so it isn't so think. Brown on both sides and serve hot with maple syrup and butter. Makes 6 servings.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
We made these the other day with Aunt Danae and Ryan ate three the same night...
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup oil
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 oz. of cream cheese

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine egg, milk, pumpkin, and oil. Stir in remaining ingredients except cream cheese until dry ingredients are moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Fill greased tins about 1/2 full. Divide cream cheese into 12 equal portions. Place cream cheese in center of batter and top with remaining batter to 3/4 full. Combine topping ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle over each muffin. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot (or warm up before eating). Makes 12 muffins.

If you have some pumpkin recipes you love, let me know.
Link here so I can indulge in the pumpkin passion!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I was tagged...

I was tagged by Beth and am ready to respond!

The rules of the game:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. List the rules.
3. List your 6 quirky or boring details.
I skipped the last two rules...skipping some things are OK, yes?

My six quirky and boring details are as follows:
  • Before I go to bed at night I have to go through the house and put everything back where it belongs so we start the next morning fresh and new messes can be made.
  • I have a grocery list printed out by aisle so I don't have to track back and forth across the store.
  • I like Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi.
  • My favorite t-shirt is one I've had since 1990...I was a freshman in high school. I never wear it out of the house.
  • Once when Ryan and I were dating we drove 75 miles in one night...all in little Newberg.
  • My favorite cereal in Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds.
That is my quirky and boring offering for the day! Consider yourself tagged if you've read this!

Picture time!

Two cuties at the corn field

Two cuties on the couch
Ryan's 31st birthday!
Ryan's Oregon Potato Head
Parking garage in a living room
Two pumpkins in the pumpkin patch

"Ohhh...this is fun!"
So much to see!
"This is the pumpkin for me!"
"Like my new look?"
Quinn at the airport...flying in for a landing
Quinn and Grandma Laurene
Quinn on his first "Scoop" ride
Quinn the Chef!
What a cutie...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Knock, knock...

Who's there?

We are still alive and well though emerging from a few weeks of busy, busy work, an oral surgery for me, a hall bathroom remodel (pictures to come soon!), some issues with Quinn's tube...basically when life's events converge at one time. Some we chose and some chose us!

Pictures and thoughts to come soon!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Today is Ryan's 31st birthday!

Please wish Ryan a happy 31st birthday! Today is his big day and Quinn and I are thankful for him!

Happy birthday to Ryan!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Is it October?

This past month has flown by very, very quickly and been very, very full. I'm eager to have some more time to share some pictures and tell some stories. In the meantime, I thought I'd list some things going on in the Dougherty household to just say we are still here!

  • I'm choosing to embrace fall now that October is here. I can actually get out the fall decorations and Quinn is eager to go to a pumpkin patch. In honor of my decision to let go of the summer I drank a hot vanilla latte.
  • We had four days of tree trimming done...arborvitaes sheared nine feet shorter, large trees trimmed, small trees trimmed. The yard got a hair cut.
  • Ryan spent a week in Seattle for a national admissions conference.
  • Quinn took his first airplane ride! We went to visit Grandma Laurene in the Oakland area and it was a quick but special trip.
  • Tonight is my last first year seminar class, a class I've been co-teaching with a friend. It has been enjoyable.
  • We've been navigating the past week and a half at George Fox with some difficult times on campus in the wake of a serious incident last week. Political issues, racial issues, student decisions, and what it means to be a follower of Christ. It is hard to put into words this unexpected and difficult time--if you read the link above you'll see that the situation involved the program I work with on campus and the scenario obviously has a major impact too on Ryan's work through admissions and what others learn about George Fox. I'll share more about this in the future.
  • At work I had a really great experience putting together a program called a Sophomore Evening of Black and White. A classy reception for sophomores and it turned out so well. I'm still exploring the best way to work well, organizing myself and my time.
  • Quinn got to enjoy two fun birthdays--one at the zoo and one cooking and being a chef!
  • Quinn. That kid is so fun and funny. How he sees the world, expresses himself, and shows his humor and compassion. I kid you not, the kid has a talent for voices like his dad. And a tender heart. What a sweet little man. He has just entered into the world of "Why"?...about everything.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Is it Monday already?

We've been cruising right along as students return to campus, Orientation ends, school begins, and we work on keeping up with "stuff". I thought I would share some of the random observations we've made in the last two weeks:
  • Last week at about 7AM I looked out the sliding glass doors and saw a chicken poke its head out from the back of our shed. A chicken? What?! So I went outside and walked around by the back fence and sure enough there was a random chicken in our yard! I "helped" him find his way to the front yard and called animal control. They asked for a description of the chicken and said someone might have a permit for him. They would take care of it.Again, a chicken?
  • I am over saturated by TV viewing since 8/8/08 and two weeks of the Olympics, a week of the Democratic National Convention, and a week of the Republican National Convention. Quinn knows all the names of the CNN news anchors and presidential candidates--what two year old knows who Wolf Blitzer is?
  • Our church had a great service Sunday followed by a BBQ. It was fun to spend time with friends and there was a big "bouncy house" for the kids to crawl through, bounce in, and slide out of. Quinn was ALL about the bouncy house and I got to crawl through with him so he wouldn't get bounced on by the bigger kids. Whew! It was fun!
  • A class I am co-teaching met twice last week and it was neat to see these 15 students and begin to learn a little bit more about them as we discuss what it means to follow Jesus and read through portions of "Blue Like Jazz".
  • Quinn is eating MUCH better! He started taking mirolax about three weeks ago and our newest theory is that with his CF, it has been hard to get a handle on how constipation and "his plumbing" all work because all of those things work a little differently for Quinn. If food is sitting in your stomach and not working through your system, then you don't want to eat! Since starting the mirolax Quinn has actually said he is hungry! That he wants a snack! He has eaten larger quantities of food! He wants pizza! Hallelujah!
  • Quinn has also been adding to his repatoire of songs--"I love you Lord" and "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Sweetest name I know" have been sung out of the blue. It reminds me how much he is listening and picks up on as we go through out the day.
We're trying to enjoy this sunshine as much as possible and continue to say that September is part of the summer season! I reject the Fall and WINTER decorations I've seen in some stores! I won't do it! :)