Welcome To The Family



A PDX family seeks adventure and wellness only to find that by uniting with individualism, compassion and courage, any misfit can redefine life & love it.  Perceived from the perspective of a wife, mommy,rock star, film maker, social and animal rights activist, gluten and corn free vegan evolving into a raw foodist, home schooling, entrepreneurial, medical know it all for my autistic, bipolar, highly allergic, super sensitive, heart surgery surviving, pulmonary hypertension, down syndrome, dyslexic, 5 car accidents in a row(not my fault), herniated and bulging discs, broken bones, diabetes, migraines, seizure suffering, sleep apnea, cataplexy, blood clots with thalassemia and G6PD, spatial dyslexia, brain injured, exposed to massive amounts of mold, severely anxiety ridden, recovering addict and alcoholic, most functional dysfunctional family in the world.  StrikeTheCanvas.com is the cumulative expression of one woman’s inability to give up thanks to the love and acceptance of her two teenagers, two babies and one baby/teenager/best friend of a husband and their band, “Strike The Canvas” in Portland Oregon.  Our family is united in an adventure to attain every dimension of wellness at home and in our community.  We fight side by side and share the same skin.
Buck the system, or at least learn how to survive it without compromising individuality, passion and genuine self-worth with the “Adams” family, while together, they prove that 3 Xs & U R Not Out at StrikeTheCanvas.com.


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110 thoughts on “Welcome To The Family

    • Thank you.
      You are an integral inspiration to my truth as I continue to enjoy your seemingly effortless journey through stumbling blocks with poise and purpose. I am honored to know you.

    • Hey this is Chris Lance from the bar last night well I’m interested in hearing more about you I was just looking at your site here over my lunch break I’m rather tired knocking out a little bit nodding I got about 2 hours sleep last night and got up at 4 in the morning came to work so tell me more about yourself are you really married and your relationship because I found you very attractive. And nice DRI shirt I saw them with gbh and kreator at the Melody Ballroom

  1. Well it was all that I could do to keep from crying
    Sometimes it seems so useless to remain
    But you don’t have to call me darlin’, darlin’
    You never even called me by my name

    You don’t have to call me Waylon Jennings
    And you don’t have to call me Charlie Pride
    And you don’t have to call me Merle Haggard anymore
    Or even though you’re on my fightin’ side

    And I’ll hang around as long as you will let me
    And I never minded standin’ in the rain
    But you don’t have to call me darlin’, darlin’
    You never even called me by my name

    Well I’ve heard my name a few times in your phone book
    (Hello, hello)
    And I’ve seen it on signs where I’ve played
    But the only time I know I’ll hear David Allan Coe
    Is when Jesus has his final Judgment Day

    So, I’ll hang around as long as you will let me
    And I never minded standin’ in the rain
    But you don’t have to call me darlin’, darlin’
    You never even called me by my name

    Well I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison
    And I went to pick her up in the rain
    But before I could get to the station in the pick-up truck
    She got runned over by a damned old train

    And I’ll hang around as long as you will let me
    And I never minded standin’ in the rain
    And you don’t have to call me darlin’, darlin’
    You never even call me, well I wonder why you don’t call me?
    Why don’t you call me by my name….

    By David Allan Coe


    • I’m really glad to have met you guys and hope we continue to talk more and get to hang out and talk to Michael (sp?) and the rest of your family. Meeting people who are that

      dynamic and positive and centered in an obviously loving relationship/pack in spite of dealing with serious ongoing diffculties in life is like finding a cool spring in the barren desert wasteland. Pretty rare and inspiring. And I don’t normally go on like that, I ain’t a fluffer, but you guys really are awesome from the little bit of time I’ve spent talking with you, and I hope we get to hang out more as we navigate through our various and varied individual shitstorms (or so the “challenges” can seem at any given time. Got to work on my perspective. love, Dave

  2. In twenty minutes i will meet with you and crusade through the streets as we do most days . Right now you are letting the old man graze and of course not eating yourself . Denying yourself while giving yourself to every passer by. This is why i crusade with you,to make sure u have that lil’ extra back up that everybody needs . Because you deserve some back up. Our own version of Mother Teresa.

  3. we think u and mikael(&family)totally rock and we stand behind u guys 100% with what ur creating w/ur website but also what u guys stand for as individuals and a close knit family unit.theres endless admiration and pride held for all that u guys have accomplished and continue to tread thru daily.I wish ya’ll the absolute best becuz u deserve nothing less than that on all accords.Always know that we hold dear our friendship and involvement w/in ur lives and u forever have our support and loyalty w/unswayed pride and honor til forever runs out and even then we shall pursue our ties&trueness well beyond.U guys have bn an incredible peice to enlightening our lives and brghtening our souls.Thank you both for just being the uniquely bueatiful people u are consistantly and so flawlessly.much love mira&TY

    • I miss you both and hope to see you again soon. You are both blessed with talent, strength and courage. Beyond all of the traits that you possess in abundance, most of all you both possess an infinite amount of devotion. Please always hold on to the love and devotion that propels you. It’s wonderful to know you. You have been kind and generous to our family. Thank you.

  4. hello, it’s sarah. it was wonderful running into you again after so long. glad to see you and your family are alive and well. much love and will keep you in my prayers

  5. Hello there, I met you on the max today your an awsome person. and beautiful to boot.
    and seeing what you have been through and you still smile makes you even more beautiful.
    shawn 🙂

  6. I’m excited to learn more. And to watch the concept of reality show Internet style grow into th most creative outlet for art therapy ever heard of! I wish you luck and think this will bring out a new voice within your family all together! I like that your pushing yourselves it inspires me to keep believing in love and a happily ever after for each and everyone of us!

    • Your comment sums up the image I had hoped to create with this website. Thank you for listening to my dreams and finding value in them. You are a beautiful person full of unlimited potential that shines as bright as the sun.

    • Thank you Banana, I do the best I can with what I have. I live each day hoping to leave the world a better place than when I got here. I am thankful for you having opened the world up to me with LandmarkEducation.com which created a new awesome perspective to live into.

  7. Love the website SugarMama!! I feel so blessed to call you a friend. You are amazing!! Here’s to Success on future endeaours!! Love, Hugs&& Kisses!!

  8. Love the site sugarmama!! So blessed to have you guys in my life! Here’s to new endeavours and lots of success. Love,hugs&kisses!!

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