Thursday, November 27, 2014
Thanksgiving here at home is not the same as it used to be when there were like eleven people in the house to celebrate. And that was just when the immediate family was here. When other family came in or friends... yeah, that's a lot of people! But today it was only six of us. A quiet time right? Well, maybe some of the time, but girls can get loud!
We sang Christmas songs, too, because we can. : )
And we looked at OLD slides. I want this shirt.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Rain beating on a sturdy roof
sounding like a rushing river
in the sky
lightning bursting bright, sudden
flashing in the sky
thunder booming after flash
Wind whipping through the trees
parting black to see the light
gray, dimly lite, noisy
in the room.
Leaves stripped off trees
landing on the ground.
Gutters overflowing, water pouring
off the house.
Sudden seemed the lively storm,
dripping from the sky
leaf flutters down to earth
water slowly trickles off.
Black trees stark against a
soaked by passing storm.
it draws me in
this poetic trance
it makes me tremble
at the power
of this my great Redeemer.
He shows His wonder
He shows His might
in this a passing storm.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Flying home was not quite as exciting as flying to CA. Except for the fact that we were FLYING HOME!
And when we got home, the house had been broken into and food was in the fridge and one the counters and there were notes and gifts and all sorts of welcome home things! Balloons, ribbons! It was so amazing to come home to that. We had friends at home who missed us. Makes a body feel loved, don't it?
Wow. That sounds like a sad ending.... Sniff.
This post is dedicated to Cindy, who I dearly love.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Sunday we left early to head over to Cindy's to get last minute things done for the afternoon wedding. It is Chinese tradition for the parents of the bride and groom to bless the bride during a Tea Ceremony. A really neat tradition, I think, and very meaningful.
|See all the photographers in the background?|
|The wedding party. All except for David, :( He was farther to the right than my camera would go... :P|
|Left to right: me, Mom, Dad, Gabe, Lydia, Jesse, John, Hannah, Josiah, Cindy, Elisabeth, and Bethany|
Saturday morning a huge cat came by just to make me sad and miss my little Quilla. Haha! I know that wasn't really it's intent. But it was so friendly and cuddly!
On our way home the sun was at just the right place so that the hills and buildings were silhouetted against the sky....
|See the kite skier?|
Thursday we visited a beautiful old college I forget the name of, and then we went to the beach again. It was gorgeous but slightly cold, though this time the sun wasn't shining so I didn't have the problem of the brightness causing a head-ache! Woop!
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Wednesday was Mom's Birthday. Cindy's family invited us to have dinner with them, so we didn't want to go too far. It was a relaxing day. We caught up on some much needed sleep (am I still catching up? ;) ) We took a walk in the afternoon and then at some point headed over to the Chinese restaurant they had picked out.
On the fourth day of our trip we visited Yosemite National Park, about 3 ½ hours from San Fran. It was a lovely day to be traveling and the scenery just kept getting better! The hills, the valleys. The cows, the squirrels.
|Elisabeth took this one. : )|
|See the little seed flying away?|