Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween

For the first time ever, we opened our doors to trick or treaters.  We made the decision to do so, because our church had some tracts available for us; we tape a piece of candy to each tract.  We had about 30 children come by, and receive the tracts and candies.  It felt good to get the Gospel out. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It's been a while....

Hi Blog friends-  It's been quite a while since my last post; that's because a lot is going on around here- I mean A LOT!  I'm not quite ready to share all the details, I may never share them all.  Just know that I am experiencing  a pretty serious health issues trial.

A friend reminded me today of Philipians 4:13; "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me"  and that God only gives us trials to the point that we can handle. 

I'd appreciate prayers for me and the family, please no guesses as to what might be going on- in time, on His time I will share with th blogging community more on this trial. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Baptized...

Very exciting day around here.... Hubby, and our four of the children were Baptized yesterday.  Little Miss E and I were also supposed to be Baptized, but our little miss came down with a fever this afternoon, so I stayed home with her.  She and will be Baptized later, together.

All the questions we were having about how a Christian is to publically confess their faith have been answered!  God is so good.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Retraction....

to the Oregon Coast post.....  I said we visited Heceta Head Lighthouse....  Um, we visited Cape Meares Lighthouse, oops!  I've linked to the lighthouse's web site....  and here is a picture!


This lighthouse is one of the shortest on the Oregon Coast.  In 2009 two guys took target practice at the glass and lenses in the light portion, you can see that some of the glass is still needing to be replaced.  It is an expensive process. When the glass is replaced, guests will be able to walk up the stairs to the light area once again...   

Monday, August 15, 2011

Oregon Coast

 Last week we got a away for a few days to tour the Oregon Coast.  We are ocean people, for sure and for certain!  Most of the vacations we've taken as a family are jam packed from start to finish with much driving and daily destinations pre-planned.  For this vacation we "winged" it- we had a basic plan; to travel from home to the Redwood National Forest via Highway 101.  There was some pre-planning, just checking into attractions along the way, we did not make one camping reservation for this trip, we hunted for a camping spot each night, just like my family did when I was growing up {remember, the pre-internet days????}

I have many pictures to go through, to make this post a little quicker and easier for myself, I'm just going to give a brief description of the places we visited {no links either, I had about 20 minutes to put this post together} .  As I'm going through the photos in the next few weeks if I find one I really like, I might share then...

FORT STEVENS STATE PARK near Astoria, OR.  This is a really neat park, it is huge, and  has several beaches and  bunkers to explore. The highlight is the ship wreck on the beach of the "Peter Iredale"; a ship that ran aground a hundred years ago, miraculously everyone survived.  We were able to park and open up our trailer, cooking supper right on the Pacific Ocean, it was beautiful!

CANNON BEACH, OR- Beautiful wide sandy beaches, charming town, Haystack Rock is located on Cannon Beach.

HECETA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE- Historic lighthouse, still intact, maintained by the local lighthouse historical society, recently it was vandalized by a couple young men how shot at the restored lenses; the group is working to restore it again.

TILLAMOOK CHEESE FACTORY-  Ice cream for lunch! Yum!  We observed parts of the cheese making and packaging process.  We really did eat ice cream for lunch, favorite flavour, Yellow Funfetti Cake and "squeaky cheese" {AKA unaged cheese curds}

OREGON DUNES NATIONAL PARK-  Up for a work out?  try climbing up and over the soft golden sand of the dunes!!!  It was a challenge! We ate lunch in the staging area for the ATV's; those folks have a good time!

Camping literally on the beach, at BEACHFRONT RV PARK in Brookings Harbor, OR.  This was so cool we were just feet away from the powerful waves of the Pacific. We fell asleep to the crashing waves.

TREES OF MYSTERY- Klamath, CA.  If you live on the west coast you must take the family to this destination at least once.  Driving through the REDWOODS NATIONAL FOREST was a treat in it's self.  At the Trees of Mystery, there are descriptions and displays of God's handy work. The highlight is the "Sky Trail" a gondola ride up to the top of the hill, on a clear day you can see to the ocean. It was foggy for our visit, everyone except I rode up {irrational fear of heights!}

At this point we turned inland, up Highway 199, which took us to Grants Pass, OR.  We found a camp ground right along the Rogue River, again we were just feet away, it was magnificent!  We panned for gold in the river, the children found a few tiny flecks.

Our final pre-planned "destination" was to WILDLIFE SAFARI in Winston, OR.  A drive thru- zoo experience; it was super cool.  An emu found our car especially inviting, we were stuck for a bit trying to get him distracted so we could drive on! There is a walk through village also.  The children rode on a camel and we all went out to feed the giraffe's.  We loaded up in the back of a pick up with a cage on it-  It was like a real safari vehicle, when we got to where the giraffes were, we just fed them lettuce, carrots and bananas from our hands.... It was quite an experience!

We had beautiful weather, no rain at all!  Only a few morning clouds in southern Oregon/Northern California one day.  There was about a thousand other things we could have done along the way, just too much to squeeze into a few days. 

Next week we will begin school, light, but school- The summer break just flew by!
            

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Post



On the second and fourth Saturdays of the month our we participate in a nursing home visitation with our church.  Our children {we are working on shyness with the little girls, one will sing, the other is not quite there....she'll get there, in her own time}  and several others from church, sing a few hymns for the sweet folks, one fellow will give a short message....  What a joy it is to be in this ministry!  One of the facilities we visit specializes in Alzheimer/dementia; the folks in the home, just light up when they hear the hymns!

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Break

The last few times I've sat down to write a post,  I just end up with a blank screen, or I'll type a few words then delete the whole thing. I think that blogging filled a void.  The void is being filled with other things, namely more time in the Bible.  I'm not quite ready to say that my blogging days are over, it's just that other things currently have a higher priority.  

I may or may not be back,  that's for God to decide at a later time, in the meantime, I know that God is calling for me to take a break.