Saturday, September 26, 2015

Summer Was Here for a Minute, Already into Fall ~

It was just summer, I look up and Fall has arrived!!

It has been a very busy September to be sure.
I kept meaning to sit down and blog, it just never happened.
Busy with Ms. Khloe and little Ellery, the time flies by.

I stepped down from the Women's Ministry Team, freed myself up to
take some classes, I do love the study of my faith.

On Monday evenings I'm taking a class called The Way of the Heart, taught by the Pastor of my Church.
Course Description:  
The Way of the Heart Course is designed to be a robust and extended training in the Christian life.  It is an eight-month experiential, communal, and theological journey into the depths of our call to participate in the Triune life of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It is the intent of this course to see our individual stories as sharing in not only the stories of others but the grand story of God Himself, and this will be accomplished through in depth reflection on the Christian life, open and honest sharing, and a furthering of the prayer life.
Big commitment but I'm loving it!

On Tuesday mornings I am taking my very first BSF class, (Bible Study Fellowship) and I'm very excited about it. The study is of the book of Revelation. I believe a seven or eight month commitment as well.

On Tuesday evenings Bob and I are back with our original Small Group doing a study on the book of Hebrews. So happy to be back with our old friends.

Whew....little overwhelming to see it all laid out together....

I have also been on the journey of planning (along with an amazing team), 
Women's retreat for the last 6 or so months.
The First weekend of October is the big event and I sense it's going to be awesome.
It's such a blessing to be a part of blessing the women of our church with a weekend away from  their responsibilities of home. A time where they can actually retreat, relax enjoy the hot springs, pool, or taking some long naps!  We also have an amazing speaker lined up, Carol Hopson, who spoke to us last year and was very well received.

Not gonna lie, I will be glad when the weekend arrives,
and glad to have another one in the books and behind me.
The two weeks leading up to the event is full of last minute details,
Little bits of stress here and there, all the while hoping we haven't forgotten a thing!

 I haven't managed to get to enjoying all of your blogs as much as I would like...
maybe October will allow more time to visit you and to blog my thoughts.
(Seems I said this last month?)

This life is a journey glad to be on it with each of you !
It's what echos from my heart today....

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hello September ~

Well another August in the books.
Too many hot days and very happy to be entering Fall!

We did our 2nd annual Moonlight Ampitheater night with 
my son and his family.  This year it was Shrek and I can tell you
the adults enjoyed it as much as the children!
Picnic dinner,and birthday cake before the main event, 
our little Ellery Grace turned two!

This is her trying on the dress Namaw bought her, she is a girly girl!

 We sang happy birthday, several in the audience joined in and made it extra special.

This Khloe girl turned four (can't believe it) while we were on our trip.
She is a fan of the programs, she studies them as if she can read, it's adorable to watch
her study each page so carefully ;-)

Such a special time with them, I love it!

We have had some very hot days so we traded in our little round wading pool
for one this Namaw can enjoy as well!

Couple of beach days...

Several dress up days...

 Ellery walks around with her arms up so her bracelets don't fall off ...

Khloe and Ellery's Momma is back to teaching so hanging out with the girls and Pa...

Pa bought himself some golf clubs and is very excited about playing 
more regularly!

I hope the fall season brings you a slower pace, and peace and calm into your lives.. 

It's what echos from my heart today!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Marriages In Crisis ~

First a disclaimer, my intent is not to be insensitive to any who have divorced,
in fact I am one of you. For me it was a decision about in selfish.
It took me years to realize that about myself, and I know I wouldn't have thought
so at the time if someone suggested it was the case.
I am not saying that this is always the case so please don't take this as such.
It is however, more common than not.....

I have seen more times then I care to count in life,
how vulnerable those who struggle with marriage are
to the deceivers that will fill them with lies.
When marriages are in crisis, the weak are the most vulnerable to deception from another.
All it takes is for a willing listener (many times from the opposite sex),
and it's most assuredly a guarantee they will tell you every thing you want to hear.
The same one who don't want you in their future, but are using you for the now.....
These types of people don't want your baggage, your children etc....
They will likely agree with your frustration in your marriage, they will likely even help you 
justify why you should leave.

There are also, so called friends that will also encourage you to walk away.
I will be the friend to encourage you to stand by your vows.
I have learned so much about the importance of vows, the hard way.
....and after hurting many in the process.

I can tell you this, those who encourage you to walk away from a marriage are not with you down the road as you attempt to do this alone.
 When you need emotional support, help with children, finances etc...
I find it oddly ironic those same people wouldn't walk away from their spouses in a similar situation.
It's always so easy to say they would, when it's not their family being torn apart.
Men (or women) who flatter and deceive you while you are in a tough time of your marriage....
are not the men (or women) who have a vested interest in you and your children....
they tolerate them at best and generally not for long.

(Obviously, this is not always the case.)

Too often divorce is selfish...
often it's only one of the parties wanting it.
Children never get a vote.
How sad is that, they never have a voice in regard
to the family, they didn't have a voice of becoming a part of in the first place.
We choose to create the family with them..
only to take them away from it :-(
Children of divorce are affected in so many ways....
What we should want is our children to see grown adults,
choosing to fight for their families.
If a family with faith in God,what an opportunity to show your children
what God can do to restore a marriage!

Because, families matter.
You be the parent that never quit,
it will mean something to your children down the road.....

 I highly recommend a book called, The Divorce Culture.
I sincerely  believe I never would have divorced if I had read this book.
The main reason being,  it really spells out how selfish the choice to divorce
generally is and how it really does affect our children.
As a Mother I never could have moved forward had I known just how
much they would miss,  how much they would have to deal with, how I took
away there vote! 

Often marriages go through really tough's a matter of not quitting during that time.
That is what makes for a stronger marriage,
 making it through the hard.....
a marriage
when nobody quits. 

It echos from my heart today..

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

For the Record~

Dear Hotel, Restaurants, Gas Stations,

When you buy the cheapest thinnest toilet paper to save money,
you're not saving money, we use three times as much!

Winthrop Washington, Old Schoolhouse Brewery,
you win for best toilet paper in the Pacific Northwest.
The pleasure was all mine.

 Sheets and mattresses,
A good mattress is one that does not dip in the middle...
Good sheets, soft and cool, atop the semi firm mattress.
Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria British Columbia,
you win, the pleasure was all mine.

Greatest find, so great I have to share.
Five Pines Lodge in Sister Oregon.
Luxury cabins, top of the line furniture, the landscape alone,
screams peace and calm.....
awesome spa, brewery, movie house.
The friendliest staff, eager to help in any way they can.

Best Meal, 
Five Spice in Lake Oswego
Best Ahi EVER!

Most amazing experience of the trip,
High Tea at the Empress, Victoria B.C.
everyone should experience this! 

 Lessons learned,
I swear, I will not over pack again.
Bob was awesome about carrying bags in and out of Hotels,
glad he puts time in at the gym!

We will never again do short stays
minimum three days at
any one spot.

Best Audio book,
East of Eden
what a great story!! 

Personal highlight of the trip,
(though all were special)

meeting my blogging friend Judy and her husband.
We had such a great time with them!

Overall we had a most wonderful trip,
 spent time with some wonderful people,
had lots of laughs,
saw some beautiful country,
and made some new friends.
Special thanks to those who welcomed us into their homes,
Rene and Rocky, Dan and Nancy, Steve and Shelly, Aunt Marguerite,
Kathy and Steve, Debra and Tom!

To my cousins Greg and Shari, Cindy and Scott
thanks for a great evening in Seattle, too much fun!!
Thanks to the photo bomber as well.....

blurry photo but it's what I have...

How blessed are we ?

My favorite traveling partner Bob,
I love you and love that you are willing 
to chauffeur me around our country! 

Priceless moments, it's what echos from my heart today...


Monday, August 3, 2015

The Bad and All Good Things~

The Running Y Ranch, was a very nice spot and we're so glad we found it.
Below is our suite with a view of the last nine on the golf course.
Love the room, almost felt like a home :-)

First Nine of the golf course ~

Last nine ~

The day after my last post my back locked up on me :-(
It sorta came out of nowhere, yet I have my suspicions 
it may have been a bad idea to unload the luggage up to our room
while Buster was getting his much deserved massage...

Buster arranged a massage for me, hoping to nip it in the bud.
When I left the Spa, walking was considerably easier than when I arrived.
I went back to the room to lay down, while Bob was golfing with our new
friend Tom.

That night we met Tom and Debra for dinner at their home.
Picking up the salt shaker about sent me through the roof with pain.
We did have a lovely meal in their beautiful home, with a beautiful view!
I can't describe how great these two people are, I know I'm
looking forward to spending time with them in November when they
are in San Diego!
Below is a shot from above of their awesome home :-)

view from the road heading back to the ranch.


The next morning the back became much worse. I could not sit or stand, which 
left me on my back in bed. Bob called the paramedics as he no way could
have gotten me to the car let alone, provide a way of laying down.
They say paramedics are good a looking sort,...I didn't notice, okay they were!
Bob quickly started loading the car with our luggage, cancelled our last
night at the Ranch and headed to the hospital.

 Three hours in the E.R. and four shots later, I was released.
Nothing they can really do with a locked up back other than mask the pain.
Clearly it was time to head home..... ~

But not without another look of beautiful Mt. Shasta ~

Within about two hours I was sitting comfortably in the car as we headed to Redding CA.
The next day started out ruff until the meds kicked in again and we drove to Santa Nella, CA
Santa Nella to home was about 5 1/2 hour drive.


Was so good to set foot in our home again to a warm welcome from our
friends George and Lynn who held down the fort while we were away.
We so appreciate you staying!!

The trip was great, I'm sure we will be talking about it for some time.
Thankful to all who met up with us along the way, you are each so treasured by us!
Please let us know if you are ever in the San Diego area, we would love
to pamper you as we felt pampered.
Thanks to each of you.


For those who followed along on this journey via the blog,
it was great to have you along for the ride, if only visually!

The bad back will pass,
and all the good things like this trip, come to an end.
The memories are socked away, only to be stirred up from time to time in times of reflection.
Great to be home, it's what echos from my heart today...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

They Running Y Ranch~

We motored the little over three hour drive to Klamath Falls Oregon 
pulled up the long drive of The Running Y Ranch.

Bob went right away to a well deserved spa/massage appointment.
I managed to get the car unloaded and into the room to spare
him the work for a change :-)

I found my way to a deck outside the bar/restaurant,
ordered a beautiful Bloody Mary (extra horseradish) and started
my new book.

Upon his return we had about 10 minutes together before
 I had to leave for my nail/pedi appointment.

Oh my, what an experience!!
Upon my arrival there were three beautiful souls working and one other customer.
While having my (much needed) pedi the other customer sat in the chair beside me.
Long story (but amazing), she introduced herself, 
"Hi, I'm Debra"
I said, "I'm Debra when in trouble, debi when not!"
One of the employees handed her a glass of wine, I said,
"they serve wine here?"
"no I bring my own, would you like a glass"
(Hello )

Debra, myself and the three other gals had a great time of conversation
and no shortage of laughs.

Before I know it, Debra asks if me and my husband would like to joint them for dinner!!
Bob was game.
He showed up at the salon and met Tom, Debra's husband. 
Debra suggested they go get us a table and we will meet them there.
 Bob can make friends with a post :-)

We had a most enjoyable dinner, and found we are all very like minded,
  translation, Not politically correct!!

Okay longer story short.
Tomorrow Bob and Tom are playing golf,
and we are joining them at there home for dinner!!

Nothing happens by chance.
We already have plans with them when they visit San Diego in November.

P.S. Our friends Rocky and Rene whom we first met up with on our journey in Rouge River,
my come and meet us for more fun!!
Life is something else, it's what echos from my heart today ;-)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

You Had Me at Hello~

We said good bye to Richland Washington,
and to my Momma's twin, my Aunt Marguerite.

Motored our way South to Sister's Oregon.
It was instantly a favorite place thus far.....

Cabin 17 all ours...

Our beautiful Cabin #17

 The grounds are so beautiful, and quiet..
It includes a Spa, Brewery, Theater
Today Buster went to the Athletic club onsite and I had a massage!
Then we enjoyed the pool for a couple hours.

 Our 5P.M. Checkers present time, we are tied.

Local fly fishing, midnight canoe adventure, rafting and more.
We will be back!!! 

Tomorrow we head to Klamath Falls to The Lodge at Running Y Ranch,
it looks wonderful :-) 

More miles to come, it's what echos from my heart today...