Favorite holiday traditions–

Since writing a Christmas book, I’m often asked about my favorite holiday traditions. Here’s one we restarted this year: seeing the Portland Baroque Orchestra perform Handel’s MESSIAH. Awesome. The picture shows what it looks like from the front row just before the conductor and guest soloists arrive. #PBOrocks #holidayfavs

#PortlandRefugees

Reenie and I LOVED doing some volunteer work with #CatholicCharities this week to help Portland refugees from Afghanistan. We worked with a small group on Wednesday in a culture class where we helped them practice English. Two of them had risked their lives to be interpreters for American soldiers. On Thursday we met a single Mom and her six kids from Somalia at the airport. It was awesome! It feels good to offer a little assistance to people who have often lost so much.

Day of Dignity–

So great to work with a group of LDS and Muslim youth to make hygiene and school kits for the homeless. We made about 600 of each! The kits were passed out on 9/11 as a way to commemorate our national terrorism tragedy with an act of #compassionateservice. Shown are the stake president of the Beaverton, Oregon Stake and the leader of the Portland Muslim Social Services.

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Malala Yousafzai–

So inspiring to hear @Malala at the Moda Center last night. Favorite story? When she told about the day she received the #NobelPeacePrize at the age of 15. She had been told to expect a call at 9:30 am at her high school if she won, and when the time came and went, she assumed–as she always expected–that the prize went elsewhere. Then about an hour later school administrators asked her to come to the office. They told her she won! But her first reaction was “I’m so glad I’m not in trouble!”

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