road trip #2

We’ve had a great time with our homeschool coop this year, learning a LOT of history: middle ages, Renaissance, Reformation, and explorers.  After all that hard work, we felt that a celebration was in order to mark the end of the year.  What could be better that going to the beach with a bunch of your friends?  We planned far enough in advance that the daddies were able to come along with us.  They always make things a lot more fun and exciting (and louder!).  We played in the cool sand and the even colder water.  We explored tide pools (and even saw a sea lion on the beach), we played a game of bowling in the oldest, most retro bowling alley I’ve seen.  We celebrated Superman’s birthday.  And we just had a lot of fun hanging out without being worried about school assignments!  

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The view from one of my morning walks. So relaxing!

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Don’t be fooled! The water is not warm! This is the Oregon Coast after all.

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These guys were having a great time exploring the beach.

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My finger was in the way a little bit, but Lauren was so excited about some of her beach discoveries.

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On a rainy day, we decided to go bowling. This place was old-school in the best way!

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These computer screens reminded me a little bit of 5th grade computer class. Oh the memories!

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Emma and a friend, just hanging out.

We had a wonderful, relaxing time building memories and just enjoying being together.  I am so grateful for the mutual investment all of these parents have made in all of these children.  And I especially enjoy watching all these kiddos grow and learn.  

Anybody ready for another road trip? 

road trip #1

Tis the season for road trips.  We’ve done a few and we have a few more to go.  The first one was a week ago when Brent, Emma, and I (with a few other friends from church) attended the Oregon Pacific District Church of the Nazarene 2013 District Assembly.  Do you think the name is long enough?  Basically, it means that we had some annual church meetings.  It’s always great to catch up with fellow pastor people from around Oregon and encourage each other learn together.  This year’s meetings took place at The Church on the Hill in McMinnville, OR.  They do an amazing job of hosting the event.  They go out of their way to make you feel welcome.  The town itself is pretty fun (we were there just before the UFO convention was starting) and the Willamette Valley scenery is beautiful.  Whenever we go out of town, we like to see if we can find some unique places to eat.  Chain restaurants are for traveling on the freeway.  But if you’re in town, it’s time to explore the culinary scene!  So we were pleased to find a couple of places that had a great personality and some delicious food.  The first was Ribslayer BBQ.  How can you pass up a place with a name like that?  They had a huge custom smoker in the parking lot in the shape of a train engine.  And the second was Al’s, a hamburger joint that actually had a separate room for the pet monkey.  (That is not a typo.  They really had a pet monkey.)  It was a quick two day trip.  We got back into town just in time to get ready for the next trip.  More to come!

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May Bible reading

It’s time for some Bible reading accountability!  I finished 1 and 2 Samuel from the history section of the Old Testament last month.  So now I’m reading at the beginning of 1 Kings.  I have a Bible study written by a cousin of mine (shout out to you, Susan!) that I will start once I get to chapter 17.  This study has been on the bookshelf for awhile and I’m excited to finally use in earnest.  Once I get into it I’m sure I’ll do some posts about what I’m learning.

I must admit that Samuel was a slow go for me.  Reading about battle after battle and then reading about families falling apart at the seams just isn’t favorite thing to do.  As much as some of the people’s lives frustrate me, I know that they were human beings just like me and I should not only be aware of the history, but learn something from it, too.  I once heard an entire sermon on the last verse of 2 Samuel 18 when King David mourns the death of his son, Absalom.  “O my son Absalom!  My son, my son Absalom!  If only I had died instead of you- O Absalom, my son, my son!”  I know that Absalom’s choices were his own to make, and those choices were about as destructive as you can get.  But it’s striking that we don’t see any concern on David’s part until after his son is gone.  After hearing that sermon, I remember saying to Brent, “You can be a leader like David.  You can be a warrior like David.  You can be a musician like David.  You can be a worshipper like David.  You can write songs like David.  But you can’t be a husband and a father like David.”  We didn’t have a big discussion about it, we just knew that this is how it’s going to be for us: family is a priority.  It’s a gift from God and we should treat is as such.  That’s just one of many things we can learn from the stories in the Old Testament.  I’m sure the list is endless.

And now I’m on to a new set of books with the Kings.  I’ll try not to get too frustrated when people do crazy things and remember that God has something for me here in these books.  I don’t know what it is yet, but I’m ready and open to find out what it is.