17 August 2013

Summer Blessings

As I read Alicia's most recent post today,
 I knew what she meant.
You see,
I love the blue skies of summer,
the light that fills our home
and my heart.
But sometimes it just gets to be too much --
when there is day after day of endless hot
 (and abnormally humid) weather.
And when the landscape seems parched and dry,
and a bit dull,
well my soul just longs for some good old PNW rain to come and refresh the earth,
and maybe my heart too.
This week, during our vacation, I got my wish...
Yes, bright sunny days at the coast are amazing...
but foggy ones,
though they obscure  parts of the landscape,
make the coastline seem like its own magical kingdom!
And when the raindrops fall,
native plant berries glow like beautiful jewels.
And though beach fun may be cut short...
My heart sings as the parched earth and plants drink of this heavenly blessing!
And it soars as I think how loving our God is to send us just what is so badly needed right now.
His love is truly, truly incredible...

His blessings are without number!
Thank you LORD,
thank you.
Vacation Photo Collection
Central Oregon coast, August 2013.
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14 August 2013

Of Lefse, Rosemaling + Celtic Harps: Pt I

Every summer, at about this time of the year,
Junction City is transformed into a magical, happy place filled with:

plants and flowers

crafts and pretty tapestries
(pretty sure this was part of Desiree of Sweden's collection--love these rugs)!

a BIG dala horse
(every year we 'hunt' the Dala to capture a photo of him).

Big Vikings...
and little dancing Vikings too:)
Trolls of every kind
(this was a pesky--but oh so funny one)
:) more of him later...
and Nordic treats of many kinds including this very, very yummy lefse!
Mmm, lefse:)
More to come...
Scandinavian Festival, Junction City, Oregon

12 August 2013

Lazy Days of Summer? I Don't Think So!

I've heard it said that summer is filled with lazy days,
and when I was a child it seemed like this season went on and on--
 till one actually became a little bored with it.
But things have changed since then--
and this summer the days have been anything
but lazy or boring!
Here are some of the things we've been doing this summer
(and this was just part of one day).
We've been...
(well mostly one of us has been).
And we've been doing some running too
(again mostly one of us).

We've been doing some crafts--
molding (dinosaurs of course)

and learning to make sand 'casts' too.
And we've been doing a whole lot of dog watching, dog petting and dog hugging
(because we are all HUGE dog lovers)!
This is for you Sam:)
We've also been trying some new things...

but sometimes not enjoying them very much at all:)

But the best thing we've been doing this summer is hugging...
LOTS and LOTS of hugging,
and truly that is making these not so lazy days of summer a most wonderful time!
So what are you doing these days?
Coming soon:
Of Lefse, Rosemaling and Celtic Harps
(Farmer Boy and Aimee go to another Scandinavian Festival)
North Oregon Coast
(between Garibaldi and Rockaway)
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