…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…
We are back home from a wonderful time celebrating the marriage of Dan and Jamie. I have lots to share but no brain power to put it all together yet.
Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. Everything went so well!
Shine Thou Upon Us Lord
Shine Thou upon us, Lord, true Light of men, today,
And through the written Word Thy very self display,
That so from hearts which burn with gazing on Thy face
Thy little ones may learn the wonders of Thy grace.
Breathe Thou upon us, Lord, Thy Spirit’s living flame,
That so with one accord our lips may tell Thy Name.
Give Thou the hearing ear, fix Thou the wandering thought,
That those we teach may hear the great things Thou hast wrought.
Speak Thou for us, O Lord, in all we say of Thee;
According to Thy Word let all our teaching be,
That so Thy lambs may know their own true Shepherd’s voice,
Where’er He leads them go, and in His love rejoice.
Live Thou within us, Lord, Thy mind and will be ours;
Be Thou beloved, adored, and served with all our powers,
That so our lives may teach Thy children what Thou art,
And plead, by more than speech, for Thee with every heart.
Words: John Ellerton, 1889.
Our whole family was together in Eastern Washington this past weekend to celebrate our son and future DIL’s wedding shower and we worked in some other fun events together, too.
The Bridal shower for Jamie was hosted at her Granny’s home.
Granny has quite a view out her kitchen window.
It was fun to get to meet many of Jamie’s friends.
Tami and our daughter Katie are two of the bridesmaids. Tami on the left hosted the shower.
We enjoyed watching Jamie open her many gifts. Her matron of honor was by her side recording each item.
Jamie with her mom and granny.
Jamie with her mom, granny, and dear family friend Sylvia.
Mom and daughter.
Our girls, dil Laura, future dil Jamie and our daughter Katie.
When the shower was over and most of the guests were gone we helped get a couple things done for the wedding reception. Many hands make light work!
After the work was done we made a trip out to the venue so we could be able to visualize the route and site.
Beautiful views on the road to the venue.
It was good to make the trip out and to know what to expect. We then traveled back to Dan’s house to see what the guys had been up to while we were partying. I’ll share our evening together in my next post.