Barn Mosaics

drive-home-003We spent the last 7 days of February with our kids in Northeastern Washington. We saw many great scenes like these from the road. The photo above is of a barn that you will probably see in many different seasons as it happens to be one we have to pass to get to our kid’s home.

2017-02-22-drive-eastThis mosaic above is on our road trip to Dan and Jamie’s along Highway 395 after getting off I-90 and heading north of Spokane.

2017-03-01-drive-homeThis series in the mosaic above are on the road on our way back home just off Highway 395.

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drive-home-011This last barn with the quilt was taken off Interstate 90 in Cle Elum. We are just on the East side of Snoqualmie Pass and the area that can be the most troublesome in our journey about an hour and a half from home. Thankfully on this day we didn’t encounter anything that hindered our journey. We are always thankful to God for traveling mercies.

pictures69Some of my family favorites from our time in Eastern Washington. History being made with family.

Linking up to The Barn Collective with Tom the Backroads Traveller and

Mosaic Monday with Maggie at Normandy Life.

Our end of the week and weekend was not ordinary at all and we were called upon to care and support someone we love. I won’t share the story because it’s not mine to share on social media. We spent some time in an emergency hospital waiting room where we were exposed to a lot of drama from other people waiting to be cared for and a couple others who were just there to cause trouble. We got to see one of those people escorted out and into a police car. Most of all we experienced caring and kind nurses and doctors and public safety officers who were as thorough as they could be to give help. I was struck with how challenged police officers, fire fighters, doctors, nurses and other staff people are in the whole public service areas of our communities.

Hope you all had a good weekend whether it was ordinary or crazy!

This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

26 thoughts on “Barn Mosaics

  1. Great collection of barns. I don’t know if we have seen any of the ones you showed but we travel to EW often.My daughter and fam have a large ranch in Ritzville and Bob’s son lives in Spokane—well my oldest grandson lives and works in Spokane also.
    About the valley bulbs–the daff are up and starting to bud but not blooming yet. We drive through the valley maybe twice a week when the glow is on I will let you know.
    MB

  2. Ellen, I just love the barns! It’ll be so fun to go back and forth and see your pictures in the various seasons. I look forward to it!

  3. Beautiful barn photos from your trip. Very thankful you had safe travel. Fun family photos of your time together, also. Have a nice Monday. xoxo Mildred

  4. It is always interesting or enlightening or just plain frightening to see “the other side.” Praying for the situation as God knows and I don’t have to.

    Those beautiful barns displayed all together are wonderful. I really enjoyed seeing them and you’re giving me ideas!

  5. I know if we had barns like these in Normandy that they would soon become one of my favourite things to photograph, too. It’ll be fun to watch the scenery around them change as you photograph them through the different seasons.
    Happy Mosaic Monday.

  6. Great photos of the barns. We love to visit eastern Washington but have only been there in the spring and autumn. The barns in that area are fabulous. I agree with you about the people that work in the caring sector – we’ve had many chances to watch how they interact with those in the ER – from patients who are terrified because of what they are experiencing health-wise – to those who are trying to outsmart a doctor just to get some drugs (they haven’t figured out that the doctors are on to them). It takes a lot of patience to deal with an ever changing climate in the ER.

  7. What wonderful barn photos, I love them! Your family photos are special too. So sorry you had to experience the chaos in the hospital…it’s those moments when we can appreciate our calm and peaceful lives.💜

  8. Great collection of barn photos – always a favourite of mine.

    I’ve spent some time in the ER and have nothing but admiration for the staff who face challenges of all sorts with patience and caring attitudes. It’s a glimpse into a side of life I don’t often see, and I’m thankful to God.

  9. I hope I can leave a comment…I think this is one blog I have trouble sometimes. I do love these shots/collages….specially that first one. I would love to have got to see the state of Washington but it is not going to happen at this late stage of the game.

    With all that Roger has went through, we have met some wonderful healthcare people…his therapists could not have been any better.

  10. The family photos are very nice and very happy! Of course we all love those big old barns that you see in that part of the country. Really look beautiful when there’s snow on the ground! Hugs!

  11. The barns are beautiful and I am so happy you made the Winter journey uneventfully. Wonderful family time; it’s great that you can help your son and DIL with a project on their home — we have done a lot of that over the years (I should say Bill has, but I was always good for support and cooking and stuff like that).

    Best wishes for full recovery of your friend whom you supported in the Emergency Ward — those are always “interesting” places to witness a slice of humanity that’s for sure. That this happened on a weekend made me think of my silly broken finger last summer — and our vow never ever again to need an emergency ward on a weekend. (One of those vows you make that really aren’t in your hands at all of course.)

  12. While our weekend was not “ordinary” (a sleepover with 7 grands is not “ordinary”), it certainly did not have the drama that yours did! I hope that your loved one is going to be okay! And -wow- emergency rooms can be quite the experience, can’t they? Sometimes necessary, never fun.

  13. Yes, police, nurses, and the like have a tireless job. There is much to be thankful for that so many do so much with so little respect. I love your barn scenes. I was from KY and when I moved here (IL) with my hubs I said, you all have the fanciest barns. He always thought that was funny! Have a great week.
    Sherry

  14. I enjoyed all of the barn mosaics and then the one of your time with family. I especially loved your term of making family history. Oh Ellen, if only we could all have that mindset when we are together. I know with our kids living between 5 and 14 hours from us when we are together that is exactly what we are doing…making family history.

    Our weekend was good. We made more family history on Sunday when we attended the funeral of my husband’s uncle and then the fellowship meal afterward. It was good to be with family.

  15. Oh Ellen, #4 could have been written for me – exactly! I am ever thankful for a mother who was a wonderful cook and how I learned, not by doing, but by tasting and observing how things should turn out! I am holding you all in my prayers as you anticipate the debut of your sweet little love!

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