Christmas 2018 and New Years 2019

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Christmas 2018 has come and gone in the Cascade Meyer home.  It was such a great time for Hubster and me.  Cab, Jacqs and kids came in time for Christmas Eve and stayed through.  We enjoyed ourselves greatly!

Caleb, Jacque, Ezra, Ava, and Zeke! Christmas 2018
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Hubster and me!

Let the party start!

Some distant celebrations!

Sarah and Dave, three of his kids – Tosh, Jesse and Isaac (and their friends) and Talayla 5, in Wales.
Jesse, Larissa, Malia 11, Paisley 8, Hudson 6, Miles 3

We had fun in the snow!

Ava sledding
Ava and Meems
Ezra
Family Photo

We played games!

Ticket to Ride!

And all got together in Boise (except family in Wales) for a Holiday Bash!

In Jesse and Larissa’s lovely home!
Tree lights backlit by the sun!
Frosty Riverside
Riverside frost up close.

And finally some winter scenes taken close to home:

In thinking about the New Year I am not wanting to make any resolutions.  I have been asking myself many questions today.  Some frivolous, some middle ground, and some too serious for me.

The “minimalist” movement has caught my eye and I have started, somewhat, to move in that direction.  I was reading a Victoria Magazine today and loving all the old furniture and decorating ideas and it hit me that usually Victorian style is FAR from minimalist.  That’s when the light bulb came on in my head and why I struggle a bit with minimalism and I think I have found the answer (hopefully)!  Can one be a Victorian Minimalist????  And I think…. YES!… Yes I can.  Most minimalistic furniture is boxy and utilitarian.  What if I used classier furniture pieces (Victorian) without ALL THE SCHTUFF (Minimal) ! (Yes I spelled that correctly!)  (Maybe just a little of the schtuff – though – right?)  We’ll see if this new style goes anywhere.

I also was thinking about how funny my two boys are.  This morning Larissa, Jesse’s wife, sent a New Year greeting to a group of us and that started the ball rolling.  Before it was done Hubster and I were splitting a gut laughing.  I was reminded that laughter is the best medicine along with a healthy dose of thankfulness.  I want to choose both more!

In talking to my daughter in Wales I reflected on my desire for them to move closer.  It is really hard to not have seen them for a year and a half.  I will continue to choose to be grateful that they have each other and a whole new family.  I would so much rather Talayla has a daddy than just a Meem and Pop to help raise her and with modern technology we get to see them almost weekly so I can live with that!

Hubster has been recovering from back surgery and it has been hard for both of us.  I am glad to report that Nurse Ratchet has only come around a couple time (which is more than I like) but once again I am reminded of my selfishness.  A quote out of one of Ann Voskamp book is:  “You only love as much as you are willing to be inconvenienced.”  That kicks me in my hiney every time!!  I am reading her book, The Broken Way, and it is excellent, yet very convicting.  I want to be more giving, broken and poured out but that takes selflessness….O Lord, please help me!

I also have been thinking about family… how if relationships are not worked on they become less important.  I realize that over the years I have let some relationships become more distant than I like.  Some might not believe it but I am an extreme introvert.  I am able to be friendly, personable, talkative even.  But it leaves me drained.  Hubster knows that after I have spent the day at work being “Miss Congeniality” I am dragging physically and emotionally when I get home.  Not proud of that but have had to face the truth of the matter.  Talking on the telephone scares me!  To pick up the phone and call a long distant family member does not sound like fun.  I need to remember that when I do make the effort – or they have – then I find myself enjoying my time.  I would like to work on that!

And finally, the not so fun thoughts.  My dad is facing some tough decisions with his health.  I am praying that God gives him clear direction and peace for what lies ahead.  It is hard to know he has this struggle and that either way he chooses will be a hard road to walk.  All of us will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.  I want him to know how much we all love him and what a great man he is.  I want to be his little Kimmy again and especially at Christmas time I think about how he would play games with us and how we would go to church on Christmas Eve (sometimes twice) and then again on Christmas day and what a vital part church played in our lives.  It was in that big (to me) church in Cheyenne, Wyoming that I was taught by a very dear Sunday School Teacher about having a personal relationship with a loving Savior and about how to pray to our Father in heaven and that our prayers would be answered in God’s time and in God’s way and that is what I am asking for my daddy right now, in this hard time.

It is also because of him and his being faithful to bring us to church that I won a Midge doll (Barbie’s friend) for perfect attendance!

I pray God’s blessings for you in 2019 and may you see God’s goodness and grace!

Kimmy

 

 

 

Looking Back on Christmas 2017

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Christmas 2017 was quiet with just Hubster and me for the Christmas Eve and Day.

Taken Christmas Eve spent with just me, Hubster, and all the critters.

For New Years the Meyer Family got together for our yearly celebration!  We played games, we ate, we played cards, we ate, we watched movies, we ate!

New Years Eve Appetizers! Yum to the Max
Great Effort by ALL!
Miles drinking from the mug!
Chowing down!
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Fun Couples (Brothers and wives)
COOKIES!!
Fun Cousins
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Ava and Isaac
Fun Son
Kel and me!!
The Girls
Zekee Bob
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Miles
Hudson
All the grands in one place with the old grands
The mess at the end of present time! See Hubster sitting in his chair. He did great for just having back surgery!!!
Game Time
Larissa brought an “Ugly Sweater” cookie kit with frosting!

As we said our sad goodbyes we thanked God for our dear loved ones and asked the Lord’s blessings on each one!

Our daughter across the pond sent some picture and though we missed them sorely they had a very Merry Christmas too!

Dave Sarah and Talayla
Kissin goin on here!
Christmas Angel at her school Christmas party!
Special Christmas Cake

Just Getting Caught Up

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A couple weekends ago we drove to Pocatello for the best state football game ever!  Our good friends, the Moores, called to tell us that their youngest, who is a senior, was heading for the state football game with his Declo, ID team.  Hubby had asked his Papa to let us know if the Declo football team made it to state!  We got there just in time for the game and it was a good one.  Declo was ahead the whole time but not so much that there weren’t some tense moments.  The topper on the cake is that Beak (the said senior) had his one and only ever end zone catch for a touchdown!  Exciting!  We stayed the night in their lovely guest house and had a wonderful breakfast with the whole family before we went our way.  We weren’t the only ones who made the trip for the game so we got to see an old friend who is an artist and a couple of the older Moore kids!  It was great!!!

Breakfast with Moore Family and Friends

A Picture Outside the Window

The Fellows

Beautiful Idaho

Interstate on the way home

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our son, Jesse, and his family in Boise.  We ate, we laughed, we played Apples to Apples with 6 adults and 8 kids.  It was LOUD and fun!  The next day we had a delicious breakfast and then piled into our two cars and drove back up to Cascade Country in search of our Christmas trees.  It was probably the quickest we have ever accomplished that task.  The snow fell so sweetly so that we had a few inches of snow on the trees and on the path as  we trudged through to get to our trees.  It was beautiful and everyone enjoyed the Eggnog and Lorna Dunes we shared after we were back to the cars.  We drove home in the dusk and counted it another successful Thanksgiving weekend.

Jess and family and their Christmas tree!

Our little Christmas tree!

Lovely November Sunrise

Oh Jimmy!

Early Morning Full Moon over West Mountains and Payette River Below our Home

We are headed full on into the Christmas Holidays.  Blessings on you as you prepare your homes and your hearts to celebrate the Baby Jesus’ birth!

Kimmy

Leaving October 2018 Behind

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Here it is November and I didn’t get all my October pictures in.  This month will fly by as well and then we are in to the winter months and the cold, dark season of the year.  (So thankful for the love and light that Christmas brings!)

We are ready for the winter days with wood stacked high on the porch and pine cone fire starters packed away in monthly supply.  Most of the yard work is done, just need to mulch the final leaves that all fell in the last storm and put the tarps on the campers.  (We have a guest camper staying with us this winter.)

Reading Ann Voskamp’s book “The Broken Way” I have been moved and touched by her words.  Here are few from today’s reading:

“It’s only when you know your real identity that you can really break the enemy and break free.  No matter what you’ve lost or who you’ve lost – nothing that’s happened in the past can change it, and nothing in the future can intimidate the reality of it, because this is the realest true:  you are always sufficient because God always gives you His all-sufficient grace.”  pg 192

“All His is mine and all mine – my sins, my death, my damnation – is His, writes Luther.  How we are is not who we are.  Who we are is who He is.” . . . Maybe all the brokenhearted don’t need to try to believe more in themselves, but to believe what Jesus says about them more.”  pg 193

“. . .I think I hear what you’re saying – that once you face Him, you see who you really are . . .so you can go face anything.”      That –       exactly that.”  pg 194

How does she come up with this stuff!!!  It goes deep, I want it to go deep, I am trying to shove it down deep so that it stays in my heart.  We all struggle with feeling inadequate but when it becomes debilitating or so ingrained in our thinking about ourselves we become chained to the enemy’s lies.  Praying for God to reveal how He sees you is a vital part of quiet time.  His words far outweigh my faulty thoughts.  Thank you, LORD!!!!!

We drove to Missoula October 11th to see Cab and Jacqs and family.

First snow on the mountains near Cascade.

Snow topped mountains outside New Meadows

Near Riggins

Lolo Mountain, almost to Missoula

Snow tops and lower hill getting hit with the setting sun outside Missoula

Finally, Grandkids! Zeke made me and Pops a welcome hat that I just had to model!

While we were there we went for a walk with some of their friends along a river, Cab found an old phone. Tried to place a call but no one answered.

This was a different phone – such signs of age.

Apparently, in the olden days, they would use old cars to keep the river from eroding the banks. It was very interesting. (So is that cute couple on the left. Hmmmmm!)

 

Movie Stars

The old couple.

Some adult beverage time.

These two studmuffins cut down a dead cottonwood tree and a pine tree that had it’s top cut off so it was just a fat pine tree bush. They were blocking the view of the mountains but didn’t realize how much until they were gone.

No before pic but the improvement was dramatic!

It snowed Sunday morning so the kids got out and tried to make snowmen.

Later in the day we had to head home leaving these cuties behind!!!

Finally just a mix of fall color and some pics of my sun room

Tamaracks near Lolo pass

Mountain Ash berries

Gold leaves, blue sky – Aspen tree in our front yard.

 

Happy Thanksgiving.  May you find much to be grateful for and take time to give God thanks!

Kimmy

Cascade September Happenings!

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Here are some fun pics:

Most of the grands having a campfire with smores! (August)

Someone had a birthday in early September

School bound grandkids

These kids all got glasses!

This handsome boy already had them but now he has company!

A special affects pictures from Wales

 

Fall foliage

Huge tree in McCall

Syringa Berries

Trees in downtown Cascade

Sun rise and sun set.

Sunrise in mid Septerber 2018

Sunset

Just a mix of stuff

A violet in house

A violet outside. They are such dainty, cute flowers but so hardy!

Kitty in the wild! He heard a squirrel!

Some projects around the house!

Shed before

Shed After

Chair Before

Chair Before

Chair After

Chair After

Last Sunday Hubbs and I were listening to the sermon from Cab and Jacq’s church – Zootown.  We were reminded, once again, of the truth that God is faithful!

BOTTOM LINE!

I, like many people, have prayed for others and encouraged others that God will do as He says, that there is NO WAY he wouldn’t because He is God and He is faithful.  BUT!!!  When it comes to myself there is a real struggle.  So often I feel that I don’t deserve God’s faithfulness.

Some background would be the following stories:  There was a time in my life, about 20 years ago, when I went through a time of an extremely close relationship with God.  I found myself awake in the middle of the night.  I would get up and spend time in prayer and Bible study.  I sensed God’s presence and felt that He spoke to me and had deep times of worship.  It was an awesome time I will never forget.  In the middle of that time Rob’s folks died in a car accident on their way to visit us.  If you would have asked me my biggest struggle at that time I would have told you that I felt it was so UNFAIR!  We didn’t deserve that!  In a time of deep spiritual growth I felt I got my butt kicked!

Fast forward to about six years ago, I picked up an old book that I had in my camper, mostly for show because it was cute.  I was excited to read a book about a man who wanted to have a better relationship with God and walked me through the steps to do just that.  It was a time of encouragement and strengthening of my faith and I felt healed in my spirit.  Then we found ourselves walking through the death of a grandchild at one week old.  Witnessing my daughter go through that struggle was intensely painful not to mention my own pain and anguish.  Once again I felt myself kicked to the curb right after turning back to God.

About three years later Hubby and I found a book, Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning.  It is an amazing book about learning to trust God in the hard things.  Even the REALLY HARD things!!  We reflected back on times in our life where trials and troubles shook our trust in God and knew that we really needed to work in that area.  We had great discussions and I felt like we were turning the corner and then BLAM!  Once again we were faced with another death.  A different, yet very hard death, the death of a ministry and we found ourselves walking away from our church through no ones fault but our own.  It took some time, I am not going to lie, but we realized our part.  Our judgmental and entitlement attitudes helped bring about this struggle.  There was deep hurt and anger which over time, by God’s grace, turned to repentance and humility.

One residual problem because of these hard times, which probably is the reason most people struggle with the same issue, is that feelings of unworthiness creep up at times.  We have also unfairly placed burdens on each other to fulfill our needs because we did not want to depend on God or trust Him to be the faithful God he is.  We spent time talking this all over and once again, we will turn to God with as ruthless trust as we can muster, taking one step at a time to draw closer to our God who is faithful no matter whether you deserve or not.  I find myself being thankful that God is FAITHFUL to remind us that He is FAITHFUL and there is nothing we can do about that!!  (Praise God!!!)

A quote I came across recently on Instagram:

“DEEP ROOTS ARE NOT TOUCHED BY FROST”

I think this is talking about the very foundation of ruthless trust.  Nothing will shake your foundation of trust if that trust is buried deep and strong.

As Jesus said:  “My peace I leave with you!”

Kimmy

Saying Goodbye to June and July Part 3

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The last part of July found me getting to spend some quality time with my grands in Boise!  Jesse took Larissa to San Francisco for her 40th so I got to spend two of the three days they were gone keeping watch over their little darlings.  Rob was gone backpacking so it was up to me to hold down the fort and keep all free from danger.  The trip started out a little rough.  Due to fires in the area the usual road from Cascade to Boise was closed so I had to go the long way around which added 2 1/2 hours to the trip but still got there just fine.  ANYHOO!  It was great and I wanted to post pictures from that special time!!!

First activity we accomplished was a trip to the Boise Aquarium!

Stingrays with Hudson

Big smiling fish with Paisley

Miles with the big fish

Malia with the goldfish and some catfish that liked to suck on your fingers. She was brave enough to let them!

All Four!!

After the Aquarium we stopped at Dairy Queen for lunch.  It was kid approved!

Look at those eyes!!!

Back home we swam and played and watch a little TV and then we made spaghetti for dinner!!

The second day we went to the Meridian Library and then to the Meridian park for free lunch!  Pizza Pockets!

Paise and Hudsey. The wrapper said corn dogs but it was really a pizza pocket

Malia was smart and picked regular milk not chocolate. Those girls are very health conscious. (Good job Mom and Dad!)

It was VERY hot so these three sat in the shade while Miles played a bit on the playground. (Sisters!)

He wanted to play restaurant! Such a darling cook!!!

At home we swam in the pool, played charades and cutie patootie Miles took a nap.  All in all it was a wonderful time with my grands and am already looking forward to the next time.

Kimmy

 

Saying Goodbye to June and July! (Part 2)

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Earlier this summer, for Father’s Day Weekend, Hublet and I met up with his brother and sister and their families for a camping trip in the Sawtooth mountains.  It was a wonderful time together, the weather was “iffy” but it rained mostly at night and just sprinkled once in a while during the day.  The campsite had a marvelous view of the mountains and was by a stream.  We spent some time at the Alturas Lake beach the first day and on the second day Hubster and I took a hike while the others went their various ways.  At night it was sitting around the fire and card playing tournaments in our campers.  Here are some pictures:

On the shores of Alturas Lake.

Alturas Lake beach

Alturas Lake Outlet

Lake Perkins

River Views

Camper Round Up

Hublet and the boys!

Food was deliccious!

Meadow Flowers

Mountain Flowers

Purple Vioet

Indian Paintbrush

Wild Strawberries

Shooting Stars

Elephant Heads

Meadow Flowers

Rain clouds over mountains!

Mountain Majesty

Zoomed in Mountain

Pine Tree Roots

 

Saying Goodbye to June and July (Part 1)

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Summer is flying by and soon it will be August!  It goes so quickly!!!  I wanted to catch up a bit so am mostly going to post pics:

Early morning June walks:

Early morning fog

Pink Clover Up Close

Lovely Pink

Beauty

We hiked up to Blue Lake with some good friends and took so many wonderful pictures:

Lakeside Smiles

Such Cuties

Hubone and me

There were so many flowers:

And some great scenery and interesting rock:

Then we moved into the 4th of July which means Cascade Parade, hot temps, and fireworks!

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Next, we had our good friends, (Rob’s college roommate and his wonderful wife) come from Nebraska!  We laughed and played and tried to cram in as much as we possibly could in our few days:  We started by going on a canoe trip to Cabarton Bridge.

Crazy, beautiful sky giving us some nice shade once in a while!

The wifey’s got to sit in the “Hospital Chairs” and enjoy the scenery! (Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!!)

Then we took them up to Camp Perkins and we frolicked up there!!

Sawtooth Mountains! They still have my heart!!

This is the meadow that we use to walk to when we lived at camp. It is timeless and beautiful with the river flowing through it.

A little cuddle time in the meadow.

Meadow Selfie!!!!

We had a fun night playing cards before we had to go back home the next day!  We got a little silly!

The middle of July found me heading back up to the Sawtooths with my sweet Sis-in-Law for our annual girlie camp – 40goinN!  As usual, we had a blast with lots of laughs and some sweet times of heart sharing.  Most of these pics were taken by Kel.

Starting out – so clean and tidy!

Setting up camp!

Fun started out quickly!

Me and my partners in crime.

Group Pic first night!

Breakfast cheers!

Second night costumes. War Nurses!

Some other outfits!

Group picture 2nd night!

 

A morning “Get Up”

Last night festivities my character was “Teacup Lady”. I was a woman of “Ill Repute!”

Last night group picture!

 

More June Pictures in July!

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Here are some more early morning doggy constitutional  pictures.  I am so thankful for those two darlings that get me out so early!

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Quote from Ann Voskamp’s THE BROKEN WAY, pg 125

“I don’t know how to love like I want.  I don’t know how to smooth out angst or stress or worry, but I know you either leave your worries with God or your worries will make you leave God.”

True Words!

Kimmy

 

June 2018 Happenings

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Okay!  Once again I have to apologize for being so far behind.  I am working on getting caught up in so many areas and this is one for sure.  We have had such a busy spring, and early summer and now I find that we are in the second half of July and it has taken me by surprise.

I am posting some early June pics just because I want to share the glory of God.

Pine Tree Wonder showing the new growth and buds.

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White Flower Beauty

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Queen Annes Lace

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Snowball Bush Viburnum

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Yarrow

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Bridal Veil

A Study in Green

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Green Baby Currents

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Colorful Flowers

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Brilliant Oriental Poppy

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Popping Pink Peony

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Lupine

Wild and Not So Wild Creatures

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Jimmy Fasa Snoozin in the Orchids

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Sandhill Crane on the Airport Runway – I hope he filed a flight plan.

Last but not least some countryside pics.

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Rays out of the Clouds

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Clouds Over the Mountains

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Full Moon Setting on Snow Covered Mountaintop

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Early Morning Full Moon River Reflection

That’s all for now but I hope to be back soon!

Kimmy