Monthly Archives: July 2014

Best days ever, again….part 3

 

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We flew into Seattle, but had to drive through the mountains to get to the Yakima Valley where my aunt and uncle live.

Oh my.

Quite a change from the prairie.

On the way, we made a stop at scenic Snoqualmie Falls Park, where we could view the falls from a series of overlooks.

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Even typing the word “overlook” makes my stomach kind of pitch. As we peered over the first observation point, we could see the water cascading down into an abyss and my old fear of heights reared its ugly head.

But we had come quite a long way, so…on we went to an even more open view of this beautiful waterfall. I held my stomach with one hand, while I snapped pictures with the other, all the while moaning, “oh my gosh…oh my gosh…oh my gosh…”

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Inside my head, I recited the testimony about how I have conquered my fear of heights as evidenced by pictures of me with Sarah at the uttermost top of St. Paul’s Cathedral the day of my great victory. (Ok, so I’m clenching my teeth and holding her really close to me in those pictures…) I have to remind myself that I did it that day and I can do it again. I had prayed my way up every step of that nightmare, and I can still hear her joyous voice ringing out encouragement.

Conquering fear does not necessarily mean the feeling goes away. I have to remind myself that I have overcome my acrophobia every time I have the chance to look over some railing that is keeping me from plunging to my death.¬†Even if it is just the second story of a large mall….

The sensation that my camera will be pulled from my hand and my body will be plucked from solid ground and hurled down to the bottomless depths will probably never go away completely.

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But I am an overcomer. So are you.

 

What has God delivered you from? You may struggle with it every time an opportunity to return to old ways presents itself.
But hold fast to what you know He has done for you. We walk by faith, not feelings.

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May God bless you today with a recitation of His faithfulness in the face of every temptation to doubt, fear or otherwise miss out on some of God’s awesomeness for you <3

Best days ever, again….Part 2

While Mount Rainier is impressive (yesterday’s post), the real reason we went to Washington State was to celebrate a very special event in the life of my dad’s side of the family….

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Because it’s a big deal when….IMG_1875

And while we went out to bless these two beauties….

 

My Uncle Theron and Aunt Ella Mae caught in all their cuteness with second cousins Hannah, Jaron and my sister-in-heart "coisin" Betty
My Uncle Theron and Aunt Ella Mae caught in all their cuteness with second cousins Hannah, Jaron and my sister-in-heart “coisin” Betty

 

I was blessed back more than I could have asked or imagined…

Most of my cousins on the Lochner side; Jimmy, Sandra, Alvin and Kenny
Most of my cousins on the Lochner side; Jimmy, Sandra, Alvin and Kenny

We both were….

Russ and me with my Aunt Ella Mae and Uncle Theron
Russ and me with my Aunt Ella Mae and Uncle Theron

Plus reuniting with some of the spouses and family of these wonderful people….

Kenny and Betty Lochner, Russ and me, Alvin and Peggy Miller & Jimmy and Sharon Lochner
Kenny and Betty Lochner, Russ and me, Alvin and Peggy Miller & Jimmy and Sharon Lochner

On the way back to Olympia the next day, we got the bonus of stopping at the BEST FRUIT STAND in the state of Washington…I am not biased and am receiving no kick backs….

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to purchase peaches and Huckleberry delights from….

IMG_2012Gary and Sandra with their two sweet daughters, Carissa and Hannah <3

As Russ said so well….Laura, you have a family…only out there he would have to say “Laura Jean” or I wouldn’t know he was talking to me…

 

Where were you a year ago?

I usually don’t know the answer to that question, even if it is a memorable day like Christmas. I have a tendency to blur memories.

But I do know that a year ago this past weekend I was returning from North Carolina. I had attended the She Speaks conference.

Which was huge for me to attend workshops and teachings, surrounded by other women who, it turns out, do the things I do.

Things like perk up the ears when a phrase or a bumper sticker jumps out. Things like carrying a small notebook…ok, having an army of small notebooks…and scraps of paper…and the backs of deposit slips…with ideas…thoughts…phrases…

And for some strange reason, feel compelled to form these thoughts and ideas into something that would bring meaning to someone else.

Compelled and driven to express the things that God lays on our hearts. To somehow weave the random thoughts into some form of expressing His truth, extending His encouragement, connecting our everyday into the bigness of eternity….

So where were you a year ago?

So, boys are active…

When we had two girls, and people with boys would shake their heads and roll their eyes and say we had no idea how different boys are from girls, we would shake OUR heads and roll OUR eyes and come back with something about how our girls were pretty darn active.

And then we had a boy.

And it turns out…we had no idea….

And then our oldest had two boys….

and wow….

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The only reason the little one isn’t moving is because he is resting up….getting ready….

so he can keep up with this one….

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Which is what it’s ALL about…

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And also why I DO thank heaven….

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for little boys….

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