The bright sun and blue skies called us out of the house for a winter drive.
We took a short drive north and over the Columbia river to see if we could get a glimpse of Lake Ellen on Tuesday afternoon. When we got to the cut-off to continue on to the lake we decided the road was not one we wanted to travel on because of the ice. It was a nice drive regardless and now we know what it will be like to take the drive come summer.
On the way back we stopped to take a photo of the Garden Valley Church and Cemetery.
After our pause here we continued on to get back to Inchelium-Kettle Falls Road where we turned off to check out the Red Rooster Quilt and Fabric shop. It was a surprise to walk into this well appointed shop at the back of a private property. The 5 dogs that came running out at us were friendlier than they sounded!
On our way out from the Red Rooster…
We crossed the mighty Columbia River again to return home after a stop for a bite to eat in Kettle Falls.
Here we are starting the last weekend of February and sitting by our TV’s concerned about the people of Ukraine.
Our church is keeping in contact with our missionaries in Ukraine. They are asking for prayer to remain faithful and to trust God no matter what is ahead of them. Here are the verses they shared with us…
16 But I call to God,
and the Lord will save me. 17 Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice. 18 He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me. 19 God will give ear and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old, Selah because they do not change and do not fear God.
“This grooved boulder was a favorite whetstone used by generations of Indians who camped at the south end of the fishery. Left there by the last glacier, it is made of amphibolite, more fine-grained than the local bedrock. The stone has been placed here in the same position in which it was used to sharpen the spear points, knives and other implements used to harvest the salmon.”
We stopped in to the museum and I only took a few photos.
While our friends were here we enjoyed a couple meals out and some meals in. By far the favorite meal was at El Ranchito where we were treated like royalty…again. We had lots of good conversation and relaxed time together. We said goodbye on Friday morning and after they left our little grandson was dropped off for a play date with Baba and Gramps while big sister went to a Preschool/homeschool co-op for a few hours.
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!
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.
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.
…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…