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Happenings in Cascade!


Here are some pics from our hike to Blue Lake a couple of weekends ago:

Beautiful Unknown


Sammy Hiding in the Shade of Big Rock

Majestic Pine trees

Indian Paintbrush with Penstemon

Indian Paint Brush with White Flowers

Shooting Stars Galore

Charteuse Green


This weekend marks the 5th birthday of our grand baby, Judah, who passed away 7 days later.  God is faithful to heal and though tears still flow when remembering his short life here on earth, it is such a comfort to know that we will one day get to hold him and hug him and tell him how much we love him.  Our prayers are with Sarah especially during this time.

It has been SO SO SMOKEY here!  There are small fires all around us but the big fire is in eastern Oregon!  It is hard to even want to be outside.  Yesterday I stayed in ALL day (and that’s tough to say when it is glorious summertime!).  I did get the financial books done for Harvest Frontiers, which is a VERY good thing!

We went to church in Horseshoe Bend this morning and enjoyed the service there!

Not much more to post other than to say I am learning that being grateful also means not finding fault or being judgmental.  I have lived for a long time in the land of Criticism where I made myself the Supreme Court Justice.  I have fired myself and will not get severance pay!  I don’t think I will miss the payments of bitterness and guilt that I received for my service to the court!!!

I am going to go bake something with rhubarb . . .  and lots of sugar . . . got to sweeten myself up somehow!!!

Peace – Out!


Smoke and Flowers


Things have been a little hectic here in Cascade Country.  High summer has hit with high temps and hot wind, along with a few thunderstorms that have started some fires and we are in full fledged fire-mode here.  The neighbors to the east of us (the airport)  have lots of company including three fire fighting helicopters and ALL the vehicles, man-power and porta-potties that go where they go.  The horizon is smokey and the sunsets are glorious (one of the benefits of the smoke).  2014-07-15 001 054

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One thing looming on the horizon is minor knee surgery on my knee.  I have been hurting for 2 months now so even though I dread ( I know that’s a strong word but it fits in this instance) surgery of any kind I am actually looking forward to it.  I know that there will be recovery time afterwards but at least there will be a “light at the end of the tunnel” so to speak.  This really is not a big worry and there are people who I know and love dearly who are going through way tougher times yet I know that my Heavenly Father cares enough about each one of us to be with us individually in our time of need.  Nuf Said!

I want to share some wonderful flowers that I have growing in my yard.  They are called Canterbury Bells.  I planted them from seeds a few years ago and those darlings have been coming back every year.  I think it is amazing because there are many plants that I can not get to come back because we are in a “cold pocket” being close to the river.  But these Beauties have braved the fierce winter and have come back three times.  See what you think?


This is the underside

This is the underside

This is the underside


I am also going to post a picture I got off google when I searched for Canterbury Bells just so you can get a better idea of what they look like.

better idea of what I  am talking about.


I am reminded of the verse that talks about how Solomon in all his glory was not as beautiful as the flowers of the field.  God is so creative!!!