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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Counting My Blessings

we bought a new house!

we accepted an offer on our current home!

 my violin, broken 6 weeks ago, is repaired and back in my possession!

And there are the many "little things" that make these blessings even more amazing. 

New house:
We went to the signing Monday morning and didn't realize the actual closing wouldn't take place until the next day. But....our lender rushed things and got us into the house by the end of the day. We were able to get so much done Monday and started painting inside Tuesday. 

Old house:
We had very little interest in the house for 3 weeks, and almost dropped the price before our open house. We ended up keeping the original price as listed and the offer that came through was for MORE than our asking price!

Because the top had to come off to repair the broken neck, I seized the opportunity to have some other repair work done. Over the years this violin has had some cracks and the easier way to repair them is to rub glue into them. The better (more expensive) way is to take the top off and do it well. This violin is now strong and ready for sing for many more years. Her breaking was really a blessing in disguise. 

Today I get a break from being at the new house to get some stuff done here at the old house. (laundry, errands, lunch with a friend!, and hopefully I'll find more than 5 minutes to play that violin.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

My New Garden

We've had a whirlwind beginning to August! We held an open house at our current home over the weekend and closed on the new house the next day. My husband and I are not ones to do things slowly or bit by bit. We both work swiftly and purposefully until projects are done and this new house is no different. We've already started moving boxes, painting rooms and doing yard work at the new house and we weren't even planning to close on the house until later this month!

Last night I took a walk around the house and gardens to see what was there for me to work with. It's all very over grown and needs a lot of work, but I'm excited at the potential.

I have a lot of hydrangea varieties and rose of Sharon bushes on the property.

I also have three rows of grape vines that are full of grapes! And these should be ripe and ready for eating shortly after we move in permanently.

I'm so eager to work in the yard and start cleaning up the gardens, but first I must paint the interior of the house. It's a lot of work in the next few weeks, but it's good work and it will be satisfying to see it come together and the house become our new home. The last time we moved, the girls were 3 and 5 years old - not much help! This time they are 11 and 13 - the perfect age for learning some of these skills.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018


One of the days we were in Suncadia, we decided to drive north and see Leavenworth - a Bavarian village. I had heard of it, but had never seen it. We truly felt like we were in Germany!

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Thursday, August 2, 2018



what will this month bring?

i'll celebrate another year of life and begin moving to a new home

i'm looking forward to the adventure

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July in Review

Another month has come and gone...

July was a big month for us! After looking for a new house in a nearby town, we finally found one that is a great match for our family. So, our home for the past 8 years is now on the market (see photo above). I'm sad to be leaving my garden, but very excited about the potential at the new place.

July blooms in the garden include:
zinnias, cardinal flower, coneflower, black-eyed susans, dahlias, marigolds and succulents

3 gigs (Lavender festival, farmer's market, Gresham Arts festival)
read 12 books
celebrated 22 years of marriage
trip to Suncadia

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Little Getaway

My husband had another 3 day meeting out of town, and the location looked pretty cool so the girls and I tagged-along! The resort is called Suncadia and is located around 90 miles east of Seattle, WA. The closest town is Roslyn, WA, which was the filming location for the 1990s show Northern Exposure. It's a tiny town (population less than 1000), but it's so cute and definitely caters to tourists.

It's been scorching HOT here in the PNW, and no rain in many weeks. So much of the green is gone and dried up. I'm sure this hill is gorgeous in the spring when it's green from snow and precipitation.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Summer Days

Summer is just flying by! I feel like I have so much to do in terms of planning for next year's school and getting ready for the move, but I'm trying hard to make this summer count with my girls. 

It's been quite warm here in Oregon these past couple weeks. We finally had time to visit with some friends and the girls had fun swimming in the lake. I'll miss this lake and this part of where we currently live, but I'm thankful we have had the opportunity to enjoy it these past 8 years.

One of things I look forward to the most about our move is the hosting visitors. Our new home will have several outdoor spaces for sitting and gathering. And our new town is a great place to walk around - either waterfront or downtown.

We got a little break from the extreme heat and took advantage of it by picking blueberries with our other friends. It was a lovely blueberry farm and the bushes were loaded!

And now our freezer is loaded with blueberries. I doubt that will last very long.

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