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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

Turning 60!

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It has happened!  It was a while back – mid-March.  I will tell you, it was scary!  I cried a lot – can’t tell you why, only that it seems unbelievable that I have come up against and even gone through this milestone.  I told Hubster, before my birthday, that I wanted to lay low and treat this just like any other birthday and NOT a decade turning life event.  He listened and it was a nice quiet birthday.  We were invited to dinner at Hubone’s brother’s home.  Kel served a scrumptious dinner and afterwards we enjoyed a homemade New York Style cheesecake that Kel baked served with cherry pie filling (a big favorite of mine!) or a berry compote.    It was magnificent!

Let the feasting begin!

Let the feasting begin!

 

Two beauties (Kel and cake) and a birthday girl!

Two beauties (Kel and cake) and a birthday girl!

 

Kiss the Cook!

Kiss the Cook!

 

"Marteen" with a walker! Will wonders never cease?

“Marteen” with a walker! Will wonders never cease?

 

Two brothers, both recuperating from knee surgery!

Two brothers, both recuperating from knee surgery!

 

New York Style Cheesecake! YUM!

New York Style Cheesecake! YUM!

 

A masterpiece! Hublet’s piece! You can hardly see the cake for all the walnuts!

 

Little would you know that I went back and spooned a lot more cherry pie filling on after picture was taken. You only turn 60 once!

Little would you know that I went back and spooned a lot more cherry pie filling on after picture was taken. You only turn 60 once!

The next day we drove to Boise to celebrate with our daughter, our oldest son and their families!

I just HAD to eat a piece of cheesecake for breakfast! Right?

I just HAD to eat a piece of cheesecake for breakfast! Right? (In the car on our way!)

We went to our oldest son’s house and had pizza and salad and then celebrated with a “S’more” cake made by our sweet girlie Sarah!!!

Miles and Sar

Our oldest child with her nephew our youngest grandchild!

 

Pops and Paise!

Pops and Paisley!

 

All together now!

All together now!

 

Jesse and Larissa

Jesse and Larissa

 

Selfie with two darlings!

Selfie with Miles and Malia!

 

Chooch!

Chooch!

 

Fun birthday presents!

Fun birthday presents!

 

Our oldest son’s birthday is the day before mine.  (He was due on my birthday but was born at 11:20 pm the day before 35 years ago!)  We celebrated his birthday as well!  We are so proud of him and his family!

Birthday cake time!

Birthday cake time!

 

More Cake?!!! Delish!

“S’more” Cake?!!! Delish!

It was a great time!  I felt so loved.  I am grateful to be where I am in life, blessed beyond measure!  Now looking forward to reaching 70.  After all, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it is how you run the race!”  Right?  (I never was much of a runner, I hope walking counts!!!)

Kimmy

It’s In the Perspective!

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This post was started last month so is a little out of date!  For instance, snow, frost, cold – all seem long gone.  We have had a strangely warm weather pattern for the last couple of week that will probably continue into this next week.  I know better then to think that the cold season is over but am enjoying the warmth while it last.  Please enjoy some perspectives I have found in these pictures.

My camera eye has been drawn to weird things lately, as you will see.

Interesting shell on dry riverbed.

Interesting shell on dry riverbed.

This seems to be a larger then normal snail shell (at least for our little river).  My eye was drawn to that area and at first I did not know why until I looked closely and saw the shell.  The shell is a symbol of planned, patterned, normal in the midst of chaos.  Not everyone will see it that way but time and again, I feel a sense of calm looking at that shell.

Someone is saying where are my white sunglasses!

Someone is saying where are my white sunglasses!

Once again, I was drawn to look deep into this puddle near the river’s edge to look at what seemed out of the normal and I saw the white sunglasses.  I chuckled to think that someone’s floaty rolled over and off went their favorite sunglasses into the water.  Was it you?  Well maybe they will still be there in the spring.  I feel a sense of humor looking at this picture.

Yucky Muck!

Yucky Muck!

This is a pile of yuck formed in a bend in the river.  With the river water level down it is yuckier then ever.  The film of goo, the dark trailing moss, the tangle of sticks all form a picture that feels sinister.

Do You Ever Feel Muted?

Do You Ever Feel Muted?

Sometimes we all feel like we are lost in the crowd, not recognized for who we are, or simply buried under our false identities.  I was drawn to this statue of a girl and a boy in one of my flower beds because it reminds me of how I can feel if I let myself wallow in self-pity or let the weight of burdens wear me down.

 

River Snags

River Snags

This is a recent picture, and I might have shown this scene before.  These two logs sticking way out of the water at low water level are two of the snags we have to watch out for in the summer when we raft down the river.  Then just the tips of these two sneaky logs can be seen and it is fun to paddle our hearts out trying to get around them.  Some day we might just see what happens if we let the tubes go where they will.  (Are ya game Kel?)

Choochie has struck again!

Choochie has struck again!

This was taken in the midst of a visit from Choochie!  It is a fun chaos that pops up shortly upon her arrival.  Fortunately, Choochie’s mother is very good about helping to clean up before they leave.  This makes me feel happy and I want to say “Ohhhh” in a sustained gushy voice, with my head tilting to one side and my eyebrows forming into an expression that says “She is so sweet”! (Just have a few grandkids and you will know exactly what face I am talking about.)  It goes along with the feeling of itchy fingers that long to tickle the sweetness that causes this mess!

Christmas Eve Storm

Christmas Eve Storm

We finally got some snow on Christmas Eve – which was very timely! Beauty in white and colors!

Blown Up Cattail

Blown Up Cattail

These cattails speak of the beauty of dying to oneself.  In order for new cattails to grow the old ones have to completely, literally, come apart at the seams.  Sacrifice, not an easy thing, can be a blessing.

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Beauty in Frost!  These pictures were taken in my yard when we still had winter. Their beauty shows the effect of frost on metal.  Kind of like believing in good coming out of trials, there is always something to hope for even in the heart of winter and there is ALWAYS beauty for the eye to see!

Always seeking,

Kimmy