A great month!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
For four weeks in July, I invited two of my favorite friends who have been in past Precept studies with me to come take a trip with me through the life of Joseph. It was a blessed study all the way around. They are very safe friends and Godly women.
I forgot to take a picture of us, but I noticed the complementary browns and greens of the books strewn across my coffeetable after our study and decided this was a great way to document it!
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Jerry, Cathi, Jess, and Micah are leaving tomorrow for the adventure of a lifetime. Jerry quit his job. They sold their house. They are taking the kids out of school, and they are traveling around the world doing short-term missions projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South America for a year.
Several of us gathered tonight to pray them off!
(For those of you who don't know them, Von is their last name.)
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Sat outside in the warm sunshine and read a book today. This is the new taste treat of the summer: Henry Weinhart's Orange Cream. It is like a Creamsicle in a bottle. I am not a big pop drinker, but I LOVE this! I also love my new outside table and this bouquet and vase my friend dropped at my door yesterday for my birthday!
Friday, July 27, 2007
This is a picture of my birthday lunch with my dear friends, Kim and Lisa. We ate Indian cuisine buffet with Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken), Nan, Deep Fried Cauliflower, Mango Lasse Fruit, Aloo (Potato) Gobi (Cauliflower) of Bend it Like Beckam movie fame!
What a day:
5:45 - 8:00: Workout
8:00 - 9:10: Talk with Lisa at club and take her home
9:10 - 9:30: Shower and rush to make it Nourieh's house for study. See here.
9:30 - 11:00: Finish up studying the book of Mark
2:00 - 3:00: Go to my other friend's shop and Lisa talks me into trying on this CUTE outfit! I fall in love with it before I see the price. OUCH! A bystander in the store says: BUY THAT OUTFIT! Oh well, it is my birthday. What can I say? I bought the outfit. :)
3:00 Lisa gets her kids at my house, and I am late for Bible study at Sherry's!
3:30 - 5:30: Foundations for Faith Bible study with Sherry and her mom. (Sherry is the one in the picture here)
5:30 - 6:30: George and I pick up the Macintosh Computer that we will be baby-sitting for one year while my friends and their two kids travel around the world for a year doing short-term missions. We had just been praying for a Mac to aid my son's budding graphic design skills. My friend is a graphic designer, and she has all the software we need! YIPPEE!
6:30 - 7:00: Decide to not have the birthday steak dinner and have light snacks and head off to . . .
7:00 - 9:30: "Jammin with Jo's" in the park. My friend, who owns Jamocha Jo's, is the lead singer for a little band.
The lead guitarist is the dad going on the world trip.
They sing me a cool birthday song! The crowd goes WILD! (Well, not really)
9:30 - now: Load these pictures while my kids and dh set up new Mac and start playing on it!
WHAT A GREAT 48!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I went up the hill to Vespers before the festival. Those monks can sing! Absolutely gorgeous!
After this, the people who bought tickets were able to hear this amazing organist play Bach. I didn't feel right staying after Vespers since I had not paid. So, I listened to it out on the lawn with others while they sipped on wine and cheese. What is cool is that I had taken this picture the day before when I went into the Abbey Church not knowing that it was the organist practicing for the big event. So, I got a free concert.
Monday, July 23, 2007
I went to Mt. Angel for three and half days of prayer and solitude. I usually stay at the Abbey Retreat House, but it was full due to the Abbey Bach Festival. So, I stayed at the Shalom Prayer Center with the nuns and hiked up the hill to the Abbey church every day.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Yes, today is my seventeenth wedding anniversary! We treated ourselves to the finest cuisine in the whole state. It was a gastronomical delight. Thanks George for seventeen fabulous years, and thank you Nick for the best meal I have had in a long time!
(We also saw Hairspray! What a GREAT film!)
Friday, July 20, 2007
Today, I was sitting on my couch and just enjoying the moment. It has been a wonderful day so far. Got dressed to my shoes (Flylady would be so proud) with make up and a fun outfit that makes me feel like a 20 something. I went to study at Nourieh's, came back and had soft pretzels with my kids, talked with Julie and Sherry, and sat down to some Chai tea and just being me.
I thought, "I like being me today." Some days, I don't, but today I do. So, I had to capture the moment with my camera.
Hope you like being you too (Not U2 Julie!) today. :)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
We came out of Bible study tonight to feast our eyes on this. One of the ladies was saying the words to this 70's song:
Have you ever look at the sunset
With the sky mellowing red
And the clouds suspended like feathers
Then I say you've seen Jesus my Lord
Have you seen Jesus my Lord
He's here in plain view
Take a look open your eyes
He'll show it to you
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I had to laugh when I noticed that my current Bible study, the book I just finished reading, and the book I just started reading all had a similar theme. I did not plan this to happen, but they complement each other very well.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
This baby tree swallow is on the verge of flying away from the nest and needed to take his/her first glimpse of the world.
My kids built this birdhouse with my husband at the Youth Outdoor Day about three years ago, and this is the FIRST time we have been able to capture a picture of one of the chicks!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I came home from workout to take my kids on some errands downtown only to find that my 15 year old dear son hadn't even gotten out of bed yet! This is a new record, and I had to take a picture of the clock in his bedroom because he wouldn't let me take a picture of him.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
I walked home from the club this morning because George took the car to go fishing early this morning. I spied this in my yard when I got home. I love it! Monday morning doesn't need to be so blue when you have a beautiful pink flower popping up to say "Good Morning!"
Does anyone know what this is?
Sunday, July 8, 2007
I have been wanting to do a comparison day photo with the one I did in April. So, I used the same camera (Canon Point and Shoot). The one in April was not a black and white photo either.
I confess that I took this yesterday. I spent too much of today deleting picture to make room on my hard drive to go out and take more. Plus, I would get this same picture today as I got yesterday because the weather is just as gorgeous and the building didn't move. :)
Here is the set: "Downtown and Farmer's Market."
I spent most of the day deleting photos because my hard drive is almost FULL because of the 3000+ photos I have taken since January. I spied this one from our walk on Friday night and just HAD to post it.
See the whole mountain hike photo set at: Mountain Hike on Flickr. :)
Saturday, July 7, 2007
We took an early evening hike around Iron Mountain in the Willamette National Forest (about 1 1/2 hours from our house). We had heard for years that the wildflowers around the 4th were fabulous, and we were not disappointed! After about a fifty minute hike from the trailhead toward Cone Peak, we feasted on a wildflower meadow of exquisite beauty.
This is an Indian Paintbrush in afternoon light.
Castilleja is a genus of about 200 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants native to the west of the Americas from Alaska south to the Andes, as well as northeast Asia. (www.wikipedia.com)
The Paintbrush evoked the Native American legend of a young brave who tried to paint the sunset with his warpaints. Frustrated that he could not match the brilliance of nature, he ask for guidance from the Great Spirit. The Great Spirit gave him paintbrushes laden with the colors he so desired. With these, he painted his masterpiece and left the spent brushes in fields across the landscape. These brushes sprouted the flowers we now so wonderfully love! (http://www.intangibility.com/inw/Wildflowers/Indian-Paintbrush.html)
Indian Paintbrush is also the state flower of Wyoming.
(We didn't get back until almost 11 p.m. Thus why I did not post in time for yesterday)
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Every 4th of July, Lisa and her husband, Scott, host a fabulous 4th of July party at a local park complete with tug-o-war, gunny sack races, water wars, and water balloon tosses. It is a blast of a time with the day culminating with fireworks at their cul-de-sac and coffee and brownies served by this lovely lady.
All day, she was doing her best to get in pictures in hopes of being the "picture of the day." So, who am I do deny her that high honor?
Lisa is a wonderful, Godly, enthusiastic friend with such a heart to bring people together and draw new people into their warm circle of love.
Thank you Lisa and Scott for a GREAT day!
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Since we are all going our separate ways on the 4th, we had a BBQ with the two families we spent Memorial Day with tonight instead. They decided to swing at water balloons. They don't go out of the yard when you hit them like a baseball does!
Monday, July 2, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
This wonderful lady at my new church dresses up this way for the summer celebration we have in the park the Sunday before 4th of July every year. She is from Brooklyn. Her family started the 4th of July parade downtown, and this is the costume she made for the first one seventeen years ago!