What a wonderful week! A group of six cousins, friends, and sisters-in-Christ from Kansas came to see Oregon in a whirlwind trip that included many miles in a 12 passenger van, bare feet in the ocean, roaming the shops in Lincoln City, sleeping on the afternoon sand (hence the SUNBURN!), curling up with new books in the beach house, several enthusiastic rounds of Dutch Blitz and ping pong, dinner at Mo’s, Nicole’s conversation cards, singing as the sun set, many pictures, a crab (somehow) making its way inside our house, climbing the dune at Pacific City, and great conversation throughout! I feel so blessed to have met these girls and made such amazing new friends (which I will hopefully see again in a few weeks?!). It was a wonderful couple of days to slow down, appreciate God’s awesome creation, and talk about life’s joys and trials with my sisters-in-Christ… I feel so rejuvenated and energized; blessed to be called His!
The only regrets from the beach trip would be the lack of sunscreen on Tuesday.. and the wonderfully powerful sun in a cloudless sky and reflective beach. Combined with my unthinking wear of sunglasses and nap on the sand, which resulted in a bad burn all over but an especially attractive raccoon-esque burn on my face! Three days later and I am still reaping the unfortunate consequences (now to the peeling stage). I wore my glasses to Wednesday night church in efforts to distract from the raccoon eyes but still got some laughs and Tan Republic comments… Haha at least Lorraine and I (for some reason the only ones with face burns) can stick together with our stylish rotisserie chicken look. We also resemble birds-of-paradise with our gorgeous white strips on our necks — how do you burn in some unfortunate areas but not in others? Who knows but at least I’ve learned!!
We were back for the Fourth and ended up having a great group of families and kids that included the Kansas girls. Hamburgers, watermelon, ice cream sandwiches, ladder golf, and sparklers were all part of the evening before we loaded up into quite a few vehicles to watch fireworks in Lake Oswego. It was a ton of fun to sprawl out on the railroad tracks and wait for (and watch) the fireworks with both old friends, sisters, and new! It was also the beginning of an all-nighter for select Oregon girls and the Kansas sisters.. when the airport run will begin at 3:30am why go to bed anyway? A 7-11 coffee run was necessary before we headed out to the berry-picker to see what that was all about (can you believe after 10 years in Oregon I still had never seen one? That is now remedied), and then back to Nicole’s to combine pictures (over 1200 from about 5 cameras), veg, and talk into the early morning hours. What awesome memories and great discussion (and encouragement) on our walks with Christ and desire to shine with joy in this (sometimes disappointing) world. The bonds didn’t end there– we left at 3:30 for a long ride to the airport of more chats and praise singing before we had to hug goodbyes at PDX. But hopefully not for long!
Nicole and I (as our tradition during all-nighters) had a wonderful conversation on the way back from the airport and were encouraged to do better at supporting our sisters, stand taller for Christ, and embrace the lives we are living.. as they are! God’s plan is truly the best we could hope for and sometimes we just need a little reminding that He has things in control (and thank goodness!); blessed weekends like this go far in reminding me of this awesome truth!
Even when I don’t get to bed till 6:30 am.
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.