…what a wonderful world.
I’m so thankful for the wonders of the world that God has created for us to enjoy.
These were our views on the way home from our Sunday Drive to the orchard.
Crossing over the Columbia from west to east. The Columbia River Bridge at Kettle Falls.
The layers of mountains, the trees, the mighty Columbia River…so much beauty in our backyard. Thank you Lord for plopping us in this beautiful part of your world.
Communities around these parts like to brand their mountains. KF is for Kettle Falls. Our Colville mountain has a C on it and a cross.
Now we are about 5 miles from our Country Bungalow with more pastoral views. It was a beautiful day for a drive.
“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30.
We were celebrating just across the water from where the Boyds Fire would start one week later. You never know what a day may hold.
Love this photo of our sweet Addy looking up at her Great Granny and Great Uncle Scott.
We have made trips back and forth across the Cascade Mountain Range from Western Washington to Northeastern Washington for every weekend in August. We know the route along I-90 and Highway 395 North like the back of our hands. Since the Boyds fire and other fires in Washington State and British Columbia started the skies have been smoke filled and unhealthy to very hazardous. This weekend was no exception. We left for Colville early Saturday morning and the skies were smoke filled from Seattle to Colville, 350 miles of smoke filled skies. It is disheartening to say the least. On our way back to the Seattle area on Sunday we started with very smoke filled skies in Colville to Spokane and then traveling west we had relief. We had rain on Snoqualmie Pass which was a blessing to experience. Here in the Seattle area the air is clear again and we’ve enjoyed some light rain.
We will be making the round trip again on Labor Day Weekend. Still praying and hoping the fires will be contained and that Northeastern Washington will experience their beautiful clear skies again soon. Looking forward to future weekends when we can stay put!
Hope all is well in your corner of the world.
As we left Colville on Saturday late afternoon we took our typical driveway shot looking toward Colville. We heard about a new fire north of Kettle Falls that they are calling Boyds Fire. Kettle Falls is north of Colville along the Columbia River.
This is a photo from the Lake Roosevelt NPS of the fire in the early hours of Sunday. Our DIL’s granny lives across Lake Roosevelt from this fire. Praying things get contained before too long.
We are back in the Seattle area again after taking a truck and trailer load of stuff to our kids’ home. Once we got to the eastern side of the Cascades we had smoky skies all the way to Spokane and then north to Colville which is close to the Canadian Border. It was good to have some play time with Addy while Dear and our son unloaded the stuff. She gives such great hugs these days, sweet girl. Our trip home today was clearer and cooler which was a relief.
Before we headed west again over the Cascade mountains we enjoyed a lovely casual outdoor wedding in Kettle Falls, Washington. Beautiful weather, beautiful views and great food and friends gathering together in a plush yard overlooking the Columbia River.
These are the bride’s great granddaughters who include our granddaughter, Addy.
We have not been successful in finding a home yet but we are not losing hope. We are tired and hope to regroup soon.
We miss this kind of traffic already…
Hope you are all enjoying your environs!
Our son Dan waiting to catch a glimpse of his bride.
Our son-in-law Andrew and our daughter Katie got to walk down an aisle again together.
Our son Josh was Best Man and Jamie’s best friend Maili was the matron of honor. Maili’s daughters were the flower girls and one of her son’s delivered the rings to Dan and Jamie at the right moment in the ceremony.
Jamie and Dan’s sweet flower girls. Little Leini is battling leukemia and is now in an intense part of her treatments to fight off the disease. Please pray for Leini whenever God puts her on your heart and in your mind. She really was serious about dropping the petals as she walked down the aisle.
Jamie’s mom raised Jamie singly and it was fitting for her to walk her only daughter down the aisle.
My brother Steve officiated the wedding and he brought a beautiful message for Dan and Jamie and all of us. One of the main themes was kindness.
Our beautiful new daughter-in-law was radiant!
Man and Wife and we’re glad that they have made a covenant with God to live out their vows forever.
Dear and ellen b. before we melted away in the heat.
My brother Tim who was a huge help before, during and after the wedding!
Everyone finding a spot in the shade to watch the ceremony.
Our sons, Dan and Josh.
Our son-in-law Andrew, Dan, Josh and Adam. One of Dan’s groomsmen was unable to attend because his wife was about to give birth at anytime and the father being six hours away was not an option!
Our views on the drive to the wedding. (photo credit to Annie and Jenna)
My next post will be on the ceremony and then one for the reception and dancing.
We are finally getting a wee cool down here in the Pacific Northwest, in the 80’s today instead of the 90’s. What’s happening in your world?
…is what this post is all about. The following photo collages from Dan and Jamie’s wedding day were nicked from my sister, nieces, or whoever shared them on Facebook!
Thank you Melissa!
Thank you Lana!
Thank you Michelle!
Our family on the top and our nieces on Dear’s side in the bottom shot, too.
My brothers and sisters.
I will be sharing more individual shots from the wedding that I managed to take on another day. We are still celebrating here at this old house with family. It’s still really hot! Yesterday a few of us went canoeing on Lake Washington. Fifteen of us enjoyed Tequila Tuesday at Dear and my Mexican haunt. We came home to watch the U.S.A. women win their World Cup Game against Germany and then despite the heat lit a fire so the kids could make s’mores! The fun continues…