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Thoughts about Daddy

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : Father's Day 
My dad and great granddaughter, Kamille

    I don’t do this often, but yesterday I went to Willamette National Cemetery to visit my dad’s gravesite. Doug and I were in the area for a doctor’s appointment, so I thought I would stop by. I know Daddy’s not there, just the old physical shell that housed his spirit, his personality, the man who was my daddy for sixty years - who will always be my "daddy." 

    Willamette National Cemetery is the burial site for thousands of military vete...


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Mother's Day

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Mother's Day 
    I've never been a big fan of Mother's Day. We made a big deal of it when I was a kid. Daddy always made sure my sister and I bought an appropriate gift for Mother. We also always had a corsage for her to wear to church - red or pink flowers before my grandmother died, white after. I guess even as a child I felt some ambivalence about the day. I always tried to please my mother. At a very early age, I decided not to ever hurt her or do anything to disappoint her or make her cry. But Mother...
Continue reading ...
 

Traditions

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : traditions 
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-...
Continue reading ...
 

Daylight Savings

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : child abuse 
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading ...
 

Mother's Day Wishes for Bio Moms

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, May 6, 2011, In : Adoption 


Isn't this flowering cherry tree in our yard beautiful? The tree is over 50 years old and never disappoints us with its beauty.

It is nearly Mother's Day. This is the time of year when I think the most about the biological mothers of my children. Tina's mother passed away a few years ago from breast cancer. Tina had spoken to her on the phone and has met some of her bio mom's siblings. Kurtis' mom still lives in Oklahoma to the best of my knowledge.

I can not help but wonder what goes through ...


Continue reading ...
 

St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Karen Hessen on Thursday, March 17, 2011, In : writing 

I thought  you might enjoy seeing this photo taken of me reading at Lend an Ear last Saturday. I was reading the children's story, The Tail of Scrappy Doo.  This was my first attempt at writing a children's story.  Scrappy Doo is fiction but is based on a toy dog Tina had as a child. Scrappy Doo was a very special toy and we're sorry that he got lost over time.

I have my corned beef and cabbage cooking in the Crock Pot. We will wake up to the seductive Irish aroma tomorrow morning. This is the...


Continue reading ...
 

Happy Birthday, Kurtis!

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis turned 35 on February 17th. He is not exactly the same kid I adopted in 1978. At that time he was the most severly abused child to survive in the United States. Today he works at Jennings McCall residential facility in Forest Grove. He is as lovely on the inside as he is handsome on the outside. That's mom talk.
Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing Tag: "day" (Show all posts)

Thoughts about Daddy

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : Father's Day 
My dad and great granddaughter, Kamille

    I don’t do this often, but yesterday I went to Willamette National Cemetery to visit my dad’s gravesite. Doug and I were in the area for a doctor’s appointment, so I thought I would stop by. I know Daddy’s not there, just the old physical shell that housed his spirit, his personality, the man who was my daddy for sixty years - who will always be my "daddy." 

    Willamette National Cemetery is the burial site for thousands of military vete...


Continue reading ...
 

Mother's Day

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Mother's Day 
    I've never been a big fan of Mother's Day. We made a big deal of it when I was a kid. Daddy always made sure my sister and I bought an appropriate gift for Mother. We also always had a corsage for her to wear to church - red or pink flowers before my grandmother died, white after. I guess even as a child I felt some ambivalence about the day. I always tried to please my mother. At a very early age, I decided not to ever hurt her or do anything to disappoint her or make her cry. But Mother...
Continue reading ...
 

Traditions

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : traditions 
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-...
Continue reading ...
 

Daylight Savings

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : child abuse 
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading ...
 

Mother's Day Wishes for Bio Moms

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, May 6, 2011, In : Adoption 


Isn't this flowering cherry tree in our yard beautiful? The tree is over 50 years old and never disappoints us with its beauty.

It is nearly Mother's Day. This is the time of year when I think the most about the biological mothers of my children. Tina's mother passed away a few years ago from breast cancer. Tina had spoken to her on the phone and has met some of her bio mom's siblings. Kurtis' mom still lives in Oklahoma to the best of my knowledge.

I can not help but wonder what goes through ...


Continue reading ...
 

St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Karen Hessen on Thursday, March 17, 2011, In : writing 

I thought  you might enjoy seeing this photo taken of me reading at Lend an Ear last Saturday. I was reading the children's story, The Tail of Scrappy Doo.  This was my first attempt at writing a children's story.  Scrappy Doo is fiction but is based on a toy dog Tina had as a child. Scrappy Doo was a very special toy and we're sorry that he got lost over time.

I have my corned beef and cabbage cooking in the Crock Pot. We will wake up to the seductive Irish aroma tomorrow morning. This is the...


Continue reading ...
 

Happy Birthday, Kurtis!

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis turned 35 on February 17th. He is not exactly the same kid I adopted in 1978. At that time he was the most severly abused child to survive in the United States. Today he works at Jennings McCall residential facility in Forest Grove. He is as lovely on the inside as he is handsome on the outside. That's mom talk.
Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing Tag: "day" (Show all posts)

Thoughts about Daddy

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : Father's Day 
My dad and great granddaughter, Kamille

    I don’t do this often, but yesterday I went to Willamette National Cemetery to visit my dad’s gravesite. Doug and I were in the area for a doctor’s appointment, so I thought I would stop by. I know Daddy’s not there, just the old physical shell that housed his spirit, his personality, the man who was my daddy for sixty years - who will always be my "daddy." 

    Willamette National Cemetery is the burial site for thousands of military vete...


Continue reading ...
 

Mother's Day

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Mother's Day 
    I've never been a big fan of Mother's Day. We made a big deal of it when I was a kid. Daddy always made sure my sister and I bought an appropriate gift for Mother. We also always had a corsage for her to wear to church - red or pink flowers before my grandmother died, white after. I guess even as a child I felt some ambivalence about the day. I always tried to please my mother. At a very early age, I decided not to ever hurt her or do anything to disappoint her or make her cry. But Mother...
Continue reading ...
 

Traditions

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : traditions 
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-...
Continue reading ...
 

Daylight Savings

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : child abuse 
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading ...
 

Mother's Day Wishes for Bio Moms

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, May 6, 2011, In : Adoption 


Isn't this flowering cherry tree in our yard beautiful? The tree is over 50 years old and never disappoints us with its beauty.

It is nearly Mother's Day. This is the time of year when I think the most about the biological mothers of my children. Tina's mother passed away a few years ago from breast cancer. Tina had spoken to her on the phone and has met some of her bio mom's siblings. Kurtis' mom still lives in Oklahoma to the best of my knowledge.

I can not help but wonder what goes through ...


Continue reading ...
 

St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Karen Hessen on Thursday, March 17, 2011, In : writing 

I thought  you might enjoy seeing this photo taken of me reading at Lend an Ear last Saturday. I was reading the children's story, The Tail of Scrappy Doo.  This was my first attempt at writing a children's story.  Scrappy Doo is fiction but is based on a toy dog Tina had as a child. Scrappy Doo was a very special toy and we're sorry that he got lost over time.

I have my corned beef and cabbage cooking in the Crock Pot. We will wake up to the seductive Irish aroma tomorrow morning. This is the...


Continue reading ...
 

Happy Birthday, Kurtis!

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis turned 35 on February 17th. He is not exactly the same kid I adopted in 1978. At that time he was the most severly abused child to survive in the United States. Today he works at Jennings McCall residential facility in Forest Grove. He is as lovely on the inside as he is handsome on the outside. That's mom talk.
Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing Tag: "day" (Show all posts)

Thoughts about Daddy

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : Father's Day 
My dad and great granddaughter, Kamille

    I don’t do this often, but yesterday I went to Willamette National Cemetery to visit my dad’s gravesite. Doug and I were in the area for a doctor’s appointment, so I thought I would stop by. I know Daddy’s not there, just the old physical shell that housed his spirit, his personality, the man who was my daddy for sixty years - who will always be my "daddy." 

    Willamette National Cemetery is the burial site for thousands of military vete...


Continue reading ...
 

Mother's Day

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Mother's Day 
    I've never been a big fan of Mother's Day. We made a big deal of it when I was a kid. Daddy always made sure my sister and I bought an appropriate gift for Mother. We also always had a corsage for her to wear to church - red or pink flowers before my grandmother died, white after. I guess even as a child I felt some ambivalence about the day. I always tried to please my mother. At a very early age, I decided not to ever hurt her or do anything to disappoint her or make her cry. But Mother...
Continue reading ...
 

Traditions

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : traditions 
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-...
Continue reading ...
 

Daylight Savings

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : child abuse 
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading ...
 

Mother's Day Wishes for Bio Moms

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, May 6, 2011, In : Adoption 


Isn't this flowering cherry tree in our yard beautiful? The tree is over 50 years old and never disappoints us with its beauty.

It is nearly Mother's Day. This is the time of year when I think the most about the biological mothers of my children. Tina's mother passed away a few years ago from breast cancer. Tina had spoken to her on the phone and has met some of her bio mom's siblings. Kurtis' mom still lives in Oklahoma to the best of my knowledge.

I can not help but wonder what goes through ...


Continue reading ...
 

St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Karen Hessen on Thursday, March 17, 2011, In : writing 

I thought  you might enjoy seeing this photo taken of me reading at Lend an Ear last Saturday. I was reading the children's story, The Tail of Scrappy Doo.  This was my first attempt at writing a children's story.  Scrappy Doo is fiction but is based on a toy dog Tina had as a child. Scrappy Doo was a very special toy and we're sorry that he got lost over time.

I have my corned beef and cabbage cooking in the Crock Pot. We will wake up to the seductive Irish aroma tomorrow morning. This is the...


Continue reading ...
 

Happy Birthday, Kurtis!

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis turned 35 on February 17th. He is not exactly the same kid I adopted in 1978. At that time he was the most severly abused child to survive in the United States. Today he works at Jennings McCall residential facility in Forest Grove. He is as lovely on the inside as he is handsome on the outside. That's mom talk.
Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing Tag: "day" (Show all posts)

Thoughts about Daddy

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : Father's Day 
My dad and great granddaughter, Kamille

    I don’t do this often, but yesterday I went to Willamette National Cemetery to visit my dad’s gravesite. Doug and I were in the area for a doctor’s appointment, so I thought I would stop by. I know Daddy’s not there, just the old physical shell that housed his spirit, his personality, the man who was my daddy for sixty years - who will always be my "daddy." 

    Willamette National Cemetery is the burial site for thousands of military vete...


Continue reading ...
 

Mother's Day

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Mother's Day 
    I've never been a big fan of Mother's Day. We made a big deal of it when I was a kid. Daddy always made sure my sister and I bought an appropriate gift for Mother. We also always had a corsage for her to wear to church - red or pink flowers before my grandmother died, white after. I guess even as a child I felt some ambivalence about the day. I always tried to please my mother. At a very early age, I decided not to ever hurt her or do anything to disappoint her or make her cry. But Mother...
Continue reading ...
 

Traditions

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : traditions 
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-...
Continue reading ...
 

Daylight Savings

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : child abuse 
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading ...
 

Mother's Day Wishes for Bio Moms

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, May 6, 2011, In : Adoption 


Isn't this flowering cherry tree in our yard beautiful? The tree is over 50 years old and never disappoints us with its beauty.

It is nearly Mother's Day. This is the time of year when I think the most about the biological mothers of my children. Tina's mother passed away a few years ago from breast cancer. Tina had spoken to her on the phone and has met some of her bio mom's siblings. Kurtis' mom still lives in Oklahoma to the best of my knowledge.

I can not help but wonder what goes through ...


Continue reading ...
 

St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Karen Hessen on Thursday, March 17, 2011, In : writing 

I thought  you might enjoy seeing this photo taken of me reading at Lend an Ear last Saturday. I was reading the children's story, The Tail of Scrappy Doo.  This was my first attempt at writing a children's story.  Scrappy Doo is fiction but is based on a toy dog Tina had as a child. Scrappy Doo was a very special toy and we're sorry that he got lost over time.

I have my corned beef and cabbage cooking in the Crock Pot. We will wake up to the seductive Irish aroma tomorrow morning. This is the...


Continue reading ...
 

Happy Birthday, Kurtis!

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : adoption, child abuse 
Kurtis turned 35 on February 17th. He is not exactly the same kid I adopted in 1978. At that time he was the most severly abused child to survive in the United States. Today he works at Jennings McCall residential facility in Forest Grove. He is as lovely on the inside as he is handsome on the outside. That's mom talk.
Continue reading ...
 
 
 
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