Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Adding to my general health and well-being, our #3 daughter is safely here after driving through the night from Montana. 

She and her dog Tala arrived at 2:00 this morning, a little shaken by the ice in the mountain passes.  Today we will start looking for studded snow tires (which she decided she didn’t have time to get before she left).

I love this girl.  I am SO glad she’s here, safe and sound.  Our other two won’t be with us this year on Thanksgiving… this is reality but I don’t have to like it.  Some things are just sad…

We’re looking forward to having EVERYONE here at Christmas. 

I am thankful… for a God who gives me lots of grace, patience and blessing.  For my family and friends.  For new mercies every single morning!

I hope you have a wonderful, THANKFUL weekend!

Monday, November 17, 2014



Thirty years ago today on a rainy Saturday, a wonderful and improbable covenant was made. The story began many years before that (11 to be exact) ~ it's not one anyone is going to make a movie about but it's a story I love.  On that day in November God sealed up something He had been planning long ago - which just goes to show that you can't out-plan God.  His ways are always SO much better than ours!

Today I give thanks for a loving husband, a wonderful father and grandpa, one of the kindest men I know, full of integrity.  We aren't two peas in a pod - more like salty and sweet.  I love that we are better together.


Happy Anniversary my love!  Here's to the next 30!  (Let's ask our kids to roll us down to the beach and prop us up on a piece of driftwood for our 60th, ok?)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Completely ridiculous

Because that's what these videos are... but they're fun!

What if someone wrote a song using only the words in your texts between you and your husband about your kids?

What if your iPhone autocomplete function were a song-writer?

What if you ran around New York City, high-fiving people who were hailing taxi's?

And what if a 70's band came out with a new Christmas album?

Earth Wind and Fire Holiday
Kinda weird to me.  

Shining Star?  Yes.

Away in a Manger?  Not so much.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

On my nightstand

The Insanity of God
by Nik Ripken
This was an excellent book – one I didn’t want to put down.  The author (not his real name) and his wife spent six years doing relief work in Somalia, living there as Christians working for a secular organization.  The sheer magnitude of suffering and tragedy they faced left them wondering how (and even IF) God could work in such circumstances.  Out of their ‘crisis of faith’ they determined to find out how other Christians maintained hope in the midst of persecution and darkness.  The stories of their encounters with Christ-followers in countries closed to the Gospel were both eye-opening and encouraging.  So good and challenging.      

He Loves Me
by Wayne Jacobsen
This one came highly recommended to me by a friend and I love the subtitle: Learning to Live in the Father’s Love.  It addresses how so many of us can think, though often subconsciously – I got a raise: He loves me.  I lost my job: He loves me not.  I shared my faith: He loves me.  I let my anger take over: He loves me not.


The Color of Water
by James McBride
This is the true story by the son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white.  He saw his mother as an embarrassment until he learned her story.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Family beach time

Way back in September our family got away together for a long weekend at the Oregon coast.  Manzanita is the place Jeff and I spent part of our honeymoon and we’ve gone there as a family most every summer while the kids were growing up. So it really is our favorite beach town and holds LOTS of memories for us.

Lindsey couldn’t be with us (because she got a great job and moved to Montana – can you imagine that excuse?). Ray also had to work and we missed both of them terribly.  Why is it so hard to get everyone together at the same time???

Jeff’s mom came with us which made for a four-generation family time – so fun!
The view from our front deck, looking over Nehalem Bay State Park toward the ocean. 
Check that sky!

It was Hadley’s first time in the ocean!

Aunt Mimi holding a tired little girl.

Lisa and Miss H

It was naptime when we headed down to the beach that day – what were we thinking? 
She did great for about 15 minutes, then it was just all too much.

Grammy time


Lots of peek-a-boo

Hadley loves books and exactly like her mommy did, she'll sit and read a book out loud using lots of inflection and drama.  She knows how to tell a good story!

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