I ordered my first canvas print of a photo I took last year for Alana’s 9th birthday at Chuck E Cheese, the girls were on a small merry go round there. While I didn’t keep the canvas print, it was given to Zoey for Christmas tonight, I was happy to see how it turned out and may have to do more of these in the future! This photo has meant a lot to us this year, as it captured the last time we saw Alana’s mom. We are happy to have both gotten to speak with Alana this Christmas and know that she is happy and doing well in school.
This year we went to Toledo, Oregon to spend Christmas with Jeremy’s mom and dad. I was excited because it was the first time we took our puppy Lau there and they live about 8 miles or less from the coast in Newport. So yesterday I got to introduce Lau to the ocean. Initially he was most excited to greet the people walking on the coast until we got yelled for having him off leash by a woman who I could tell didn’t like dogs. I hadn’t expected so many people to be there so I put him back on a leash and walked out to the water. Boy it was cold! He didn’t seem to mind so I let him go out until the water hit his belly. My boots were full of water, as were my jeans. My mom in law Sandee took this picture of us. We hope you all have a Merry Christmas.
We don’t get a whole lot of snow in the Willamette Valley and often it comes after Christmas and in January. Last night as I was driving home from a late night soccer game it started snowing and its been snowing on and off today. At one point I was driving and in less than a mile I was driving and it was snowing, then raining, and then the sun was out strong. We don’t have the best drivers when it comes to driving in the snow in Oregon, I was most annoyed and concerned by the number of people driving without their headlights this morning! It will be interesting to see what the weather does for the remainder of the week.
With a break from school I have been enjoying reading for fun. I am terrible at finding my bookmarks though, which means I end up using scrap paper or even kleenex to mark my spot. I enjoy collecting meaningful quotes but often don’t know what to do with them. Today I got the bright idea to make my own bookmarks! Printed the quotes on one 8×11 piece of paper after inserting some clipart, and then laminated them with my Xyron machine (purchased from Joann’s).
Today I was deeply saddened when I came home for lunch and found out that 20 children and 8 adults had lost their lives today in Connecticut. Oregon had already been hit by deaths earlier this week when another young man opened fire at a mall in Portland. Reminding me of the Thurston High School shooting in 1998, where I graduated the previous year, the Virginia Tech shooting, the Colorado shooting, the shooting in Arkansas…..the list sadly goes on. I read words by Colin Goddard who I was honored to meet and photograph, a survivor at Virginia Tech who now works for The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. So many lives have ended too soon. I sat here thinking….we are so much better than this.
I’ve been looking for a photo to illustrate this quote that was in our bulletin last Sunday at the Eugene Mennonite Church. Today, it seems fitting and I wish for this peace in time for the families who lost their children today. Knowing their lives have been overturned.
“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty in the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grade of the world, and am free.” -Wendell Berry
In Springfield we had a moment of hail today, as I looked in to the sky full of day-blind stars, I then looked down to find these hail pebbles still sitting on the ground and had my moment of peace.