Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Walk Around the River and Solid Rock

Usually on Sunday morning we go to Solid Rock for the 8 am service. Once a year the three places that meet and are called Solid Rock meet at the Hillsboro Stadium for a service all together. This Sunday was that day. So we decided to go for a walk around the Promenade down by the river. We started a little south of the Steel Bridge, walked across and then through Sat. Market back across the Hawthorne Bridge and then finished up. It was a little short of 4 miles. A little misty and chilly but beautiful. Here are a few of my favorite scenes.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A baby shower and a berry barn

I haven't been to a baby shower in a long time. My daughter, Carrie, and I went to one yesterday at the Spaghetti Factory. The mom-to-be is a friend of the family and it was fun seeing women I haven't seen for a long time. We played that game where you get to see what is on a tray and then have to remember and write all the stuff down....well, some of the new baby stuff I have never seen before and didn't know what they were called. Needless to say, I did not win.

The next game was a little creepy. The guests were given Dentyne gum and after chewing it awhile were to take it out and form a baby! Yuck.... My child is a very good potter and she formed the following....sorry, but I have to do it.

Baby, complete with diaper, she won!

The table decorations were very cute and useful. Little tiny disposable diapers rolled up in a pitcher.

Great idea.

Today after church at our awesome Solid Rock, we went to breakfast and then to a place called  The Berry Barn in Scholls. Ginny and Darren guided us there and it finally turned a little sunny after a surprising chilly damp morning. They have wonderful berries (of course) and some animals and lots of flowers. Coffee drinks, milkshakes and gift items are fun to look at and enjoy. Here are some of the highlights.

Darren, Ginny and Loren

Now for the chickens and the goats!

And for your educational information of the day:

Who knew? did you?

We were going to picnic at a local winery but thought the weather might be better on another day. I hope it will be soon. It is fun to get out and see what the neighborhoods have to offer. We went to the Gresham Farmers Market yesterday morning and the berries were wonderful. We bought and then ate, a lot. Everything is growing so well, now with the beautiful weather. Makes eating fruits and vegetables a real pleasure.

Wisdom thought:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights. James 1v17

Saturday, July 7, 2012

After the quilt show and the 4th

Things have slowed down a little and now for a little reflection. I love to be busy and I had a great time planning and sewing for the Sandy Quilt Show. Just after that we had our annual BBQ on the 4th. Some of our family and some neighbors and some friends from church came and we enjoyed the great food that everyone brought. My husband, Loren, is our BBQ chef and he did his awesome oysters along with chicken and Goose sausages!

Here are a few pictures of the quilts from the quilt show.

Hobo Quilt

A Cheri Saffiote design

A couple more pictures of my quilts in my area that Loren built for me!

He built my quilt rack for all my little ones. They are now in my dining room.

On the 4th we like to set up a festive area for our guests. After we eat and visit we often play a rousing game of Mexican Train. If you haven't had the pleasure of playing this, you really should try it!

Our chef.

We don't have many traditions but this is an especially fun one. A lot of the same people come every year so that is a nice continuity. It surprises me that we never have duplicates in the food even tho' we don't plan. The weather has almost always been great. We took the fence down between our house and our neighbors because our dogs like to visit each it looks like we both have a really large backyard. Good neighbors are a blessing.

We are enjoying a nice relaxing weekend and are loving the beautiful days. Tomorrow we get to take Loren's two sisters to our awesome church with us and that will be another memory in the making.

Wisdom Thought:
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118v6,8