Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Goodbye Summer


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}
We've still had very summery weather in these parts, but there are also obvious signs of the change in seasons all around. My garden is still beautiful and even as I walk around the neighborhood it's fun to see what's still blooming.














{happy}
Over the weekend my friend, myself and my husband ran in a Cause and Event race. You get to pick your favorite cause and half of your registration $ goes toward that cause. It's no surprise that we ran on behalf of Compassion. 


That guy right there....he turned 41 over the weekend. Marrying him was one of the best decisions I made in my life! He inspires me to stay fit and he is such a strong spiritual leader in our family and in our church. He's been preaching quite a bit and is getting better and better - Sunday he knocked his sermon out of the ballpark and we all learned so much. 

So a little funny thing about the race....my husband and I both placed in the "masters division" - that's just a nice way of saying the older people's category. If you are 40+, you are in the masters division. I guess it's one perk of turning older. He got 2nd place for the 5K and I got 3rd place for the 10k. Go old people!


{funny}
Part of our homeschool experience this year is that the girls cook dinner at least one night a week. I caught Kayleigh reading her new library book while stirring the spaghetti this evening. I guess they learn to multi-task at a young age!

{real}
Our summer vacation is officially over and we are back to school this week. It's my sixth year of homeschooling and I have a 3rd grader and a 4th grader! It's going to be a fun year.




Friday, September 12, 2014

Sing



Sing, sing, sing to the Lord, 
sing, sing,sing a new song;
Sing, sing, sing to the Lord,
praise, praise, praise his name;
 proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Psalm 96:1-2
(with some repetition thrown in there)




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back to School Vacation

While the majority of kids in our state went back to school last week, we went on vacation. That's one of the perks of homeschooling...you can set your own schedule and travel when you want.

One of our favorite places to retreat is in central Oregon, and that's where we headed. This trip was slightly different in that we stayed in a different town and managed to find new places to hike and spend our days.


taking a moment to find joy in the little things

{pretty}
view of Mt. Bachelor from Tumalo Mountain. 



looking at South Sister (to the left) and Broken Top (on the right) from Tumalo Mountain


South Sister at Sparks Lake



Blazing Star wildflower



Sunset over the Cascades as seen from Pilot Butte



Smith Rock state park




Broken Top (we hiked up to the glacier)



the view from the glacier - looking down on Mt. Bachelor


South Sister, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor from Crane Prairie Resevoir





{happy}
Most encounters with live creatures make us happy and these birds were fun to feed. 



Rock climbing at Smith Rock



camping and eating camp food


pointing out certain Cascade peaks while watching the sun set at Pilot Butte (she's pointing to Mt. Hood)


making it to the glacier at Broken Top


fun at Sparks Lake




{funny}
finding a "bed" in the rock



a snow patch that slightly resembles the USA in the caldera at Broken Top

{real}
People who are really into rock climbing and aren't afraid of heights tend to be a bit crazy. And Smith Rock state park lends itself to people doing crazy things. As we were climbing a fairly short and easy wall, we looked behind us, across the valley and saw these guys walking this slack line. Just watching them was freaking me out. The first guy crossed twice and didn't fall at all. 




The second guy had a rougher time and fell 5 or 6 times each time he crossed. He would just fall, roll over and pop back up. Crazy.



And when you are camping, nothing makes freeze dried food better than a good bottle of wine!



camping essentials....water, coffee and wine


Monday, September 8, 2014

Our Simple Homeschool Space


We aren't quite back to school yet. We've just gotten back from a week away, and we need one more week before cracking open the books. This week will be our back to school preparation week and we'll do some fun things to celebrate...like field trips, school pics, schedule prep and more.

August was my month to plan and I went ahead and rearranged our homeschool space for the next few months. I'm really pleased with the changes and am eager to get back into our studies. It's amazing what a little shuffling of the furniture can do to change the atmosphere of a room.