My computer is full of photos that were taken over the course of our summer travels. Thousands of photos. What a summer it was. 12 national parks! Ken says we traveled over 10,000 miles and there are parts of my body that think he has underestimated. We saw sights in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Arizona. The last photo I snapped was of Ken arriving home with our camper trailer in two after the axle broke in the panhandle of Texas- it almost made it home. Oh, and the air-conditioner went out so our drive from Colorado to Texas was, shall we say, hot. It took a lot of prayer for this Oregon gal to have a good attitude in the heat. I love my new travel tea mug! (more about that in a later post.)
The low point of our summer came just a few days into our travels. We lost my sweet Anya to cancer that hit suddenly and very hard. That was in May, and here it is September and I am still reduced to sobbing at times. I miss the old girl who had been my constant companion for 10 years.
The highlight of our trip has to be when we were in Oregon. Our youngest proposed to the love of his life and she said yes! Our future daughter-in-love is a delightful addition to our family. We just love her!!!! Can you believe these two spent their summer traveling with us? That was from mid-May to mid-July! I guess she knows what kind of family she is marrying into.
New on my website this week:
Just a couple of new thoughts as I read through God's Word this year:
No Bit and Bridle for Me...I hope- What will it take to keep near to God?
Big Bang-Thinking about creation.
And for you quilter's:
Freebie Thursday- a couple of beautiful patterns and hints about an upcoming UFO challenge.
And just for fun:
A lovely little poem shared by Grammar Girl “The Alphabet of Errors” was written by Boston schoolgirls in 1921 and submitted to the The English Journal by Elizabeth M. Richardson.
It appears that each girl wrote a 4-line poem about an error that people make with a word that starts with a specific letter.
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Yesterday was one of those days where everything on my to-do list did not get done; so her are my Friday Reflections on a Saturday.
Hard to believe, but another school year is drawing to an end for us. Finals are next week and the Ken's Sabbatical begins! My job has been renewed for another school year. The astronomy outreach program I work for is really growing-there is even an article in the June issue of Sky and Telescope about us. Currently we have five asteroid search campaigns running with 79 schools from around the world participating. Exciting Times!! Things will slow down for the summer, but then in the fall there is talk of doubling our current load. My boss keeps telling me it is about to get busy.
New on My Site This Week:
Bible Reading: Day 119-Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
Daily Bible Reading; Day 120-Walk in a manner worthy of your calling
Daily Bible Reading: Day 121-Clear contrasts between those chosen by God and those facing His wrath.
Daily Bible Reading: Day 122-Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Daily Bible Reading: Day 123-There's that verse we women love to hate.
Happenings in the Quilt Studio- a project that I have been working on for months is finally finished and it came with a surprise.
From Around the Web:
God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge- Al Mohler has written a response to Matthew Vines' book God and the Gay Christian. At the end of this article there is a link to download Mohler's book for free.
What You Can Learn from Calvin and Hobbes about the Message and the Medium-"The only appropriate media for communicating the gospel are lives and words. Christians have to wrap themselves up in the good news of Jesus Christ, live that mystery together in the fellowship of the church, and give the world something worth seeing. And they have to explain it in the form of sound doctrine, explaining biblical truth, making the message clear as only words can. There is a strong temptation these days to seek refuge in the claim that “my life is my testimony,” as if a set of behaviors could take the place of preaching, teaching, witnessing, and the host of other verbal interactions the New Testament is about. But the gospel is wordy, just as it is lifey. It just isn’t very bumper stickery."
A New Sew Along with EQ7-Starting Monday Electric Quilt is doing a sew along that offers to help us all learn to use their EQ7 software for quilt design. My schedule will not allow me to do this, sigh, there is so much more I know I could do with this software. I hope they will do it again in the future.
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