Saturday, September 28, 2013

Opening Day...

   For all of you who enjoy the thrill of opening day...

Our breakfast this morning. Pancakes with maple syrup from New Hampshire, little smokies, a Mexican bacon from the farmer's market, and orange juice.

   Three members of my family were able to get archery tags this year and the season opened for them today. Unfortunately, it rained. Not only did it rain, there was wind, thunder, and lightning to accompany the drenching liquid. Even the power couldn't decide if it should remain on, so it flickered off and on a few times. We shouldn't complain, I know. We need the rain as the gardens are drying out and things are dying. But on opening day? Makes for miserable conditions.
   Aside from the weather, life seems to be going on smoothly. I was out in my flower gardens cutting things down and pulling out dead things. Then there is the usual dusting, (why DO we call it dusting when really what we are doing is removing the dust?) cleaning, laundry, letter writing,... Just the usual things here. I made a loooong list when I got home of the things I needed to accomplish. I think I have 2/3 of the list left to complete. Slowly but surely!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Traveling...

   I have been a little busy lately... Seems like it has been a long time since I've been able to sit down and write. But such is life!
   I was called to Michigan to help a cousin of mine who had a baby. I was away from home for a month. It was the longest time I have been away from home before. I stayed with an uncle and aunt the first week, then stayed with my cousin the next two and a half weeks, and then with another uncle and aunt two nights. On Friday night, I was called to stay with the first uncle and aunt and then left early Saturday morning. I enjoyed my trip there and got to know the area fairly well. It felt like I was just starting to "come out of my shell" with the people my age and then I had to leave. But I guess it will be easier to converse with them all when I go back again, God willing.
   Fall services started Thursday night there and so there were services Thursday and Friday night, and then three services on Sunday. I enjoyed the services Thursday and Friday night. On Friday night after the service, some of us young adults gathered and sang in the sanctuary. Some of us were there until past 11:00pm. It was a beautiful time, and I have many fond memories of it.
   My thoughts have been wandering all over the last few weeks as I was away from home and I don't feel like I can write them all down here and have them all make sense. So I thought I would include a poem that I read for a short, worth while reading.

"Now released from bondage
My soul can yet still sing
All praise and all thanksgiving
Be yet unto our King.

Our King who died the victor
O'er death, a dark domain
And won for us God's pardon
Now we may dwell in peace.

In peace in heaven forever
Near to that mercy seat
To sing glad praise resounding
Throughout that land of grace.

That land of grace we long for
Where we, poor sinners know
We well find rest and comfort
And joy onto our souls.

A joy that lasts forever
That He himself bestows
And we, poor needy beggars
Are His forever we know.

His forever to praise Him
For His great gift of love
And when in Heaven we'll praise Him
With a new song of love."

                     - Sarah J. Moideer 

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
                                                                                                       Deuteronimy 30:19-20

Mount Hood, Oregon as seen from Highway 14 in Washington State