A Mist…

This is not a complaining post but an observing post. It’s been interesting for me to observe things that happen when my house is upside down and everything is in a different place. When you add the reality that my mom is living out her last days on this earth to the upside down house I can see why I’ve lost my daily rhythm. Things that were such simple tasks that I didn’t even need to think about have to be written down on a list of things that I need to do. At the end of each day I have a nagging feeling that I forgot something.  I know that things will fall back to a comfortable everyday new normal again in the future. I know I will enjoy the results of all our hard work and looking at my new fresh floors. I know what the future holds for my mom even though the timing on earth is well out of my hands. “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able, to keep that which I’ve committed, unto Him against that day”. One of the things that doesn’t change is my slipping into speaking in song lyrics, and I’m glad about that because I enjoy it.

Do you ever find yourself speaking or answering someone with a phrase from a song?

From the Cross to the Crown ~ Hymn

From the Cross to the Crown

Be strong and courageous whate’er may befall,
We know our Redeemer will answer our call;
Tho’ sorrow and trials are weighing us down,
Yet hope looks away from the cross to the crown.

Refrain

From the cross to the crown let us follow our Lord,
From the cross to the crown let us cling to His Word;
Tho’ sorrow and trials are weighing us down,
Yet faith leads us on from the cross to the crown!

His cup of affliction was filled to the brim,
And are we not willing to suffer for Him?
The robe of His glory for us He laid down,
To show us the path from the cross to the crown.

Refrain

This life is a conflict, a battle with sin,
Yet trusting in Jesus thro’ grace we shall win;
The world may oppose us, the tempter may frown,
Yet faith leadeth on from the cross to the crown.

Refrain

Tho’ friends that are dearest have gone from our sight,
’Tis only to enter the mansions of light;
Their warfare is over, their burdens laid down,
How short was their path from the cross to the crown!

Refrain

Words by Fanny Crosby

Day One ~ Highway 101 North…

I’m slowly getting organized here in Washington. Emphasis on slowly. It’s good to remind myself this is not one of my short trips here but I’m here for the long haul so I have time to get things in order at a slower pace. Today I’m going back to our first day on the road with two full cars headed North on Highway 101.

 

Traveling this route we were able to see rough surf which we think was caused partly by the earthquake in Chili. We stopped at The Boathouse Restaurant in Santa Barbara and were amazed at the force of the waves. Everything was brown from the force of the water stirring up the sand. If you are ever in Santa Barbara we would recommend The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach for a meal and a nice view of the Pacific.

 

The rain stopped for a while after breakfast and I was able to get a couple shots of the area.

 

This river feeds into the Pacific at Hendry’s Beach.

Photo upload at the Homestead here in Washington is pretty dismal so my posts will be slow and easy till I get all caught up from our trip. My computer is slow and I am slow. I’ve had to double check to see what day of the week it is, too. So moving along in the slow theme I’ve got something cooking in the slow cooker for dinner! Hope your Wednesday is going well…yes, it’s Wednesday.

Oh I guess I’ll link up with Outdoor Wednesday at Susan The Southern DayDreamer since it’s Wednesday….all day…

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The Birds! The Birds!

Even though our 6:00 AM beach walk was socked in with a marine layer we were very happy because this change in our weather is helping out the fire fighters who are battling the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara. The fire was 30% contained the last we heard and 38,000 people have been evacuated so far. Our nephews college, Westmont, has been evacuated for the second time this school year. There is some optimism today that things are getting better. They estimate containment on May 13th. Our nephew won’t be able to move his personal belongings out of his college dorm room until the evacuation orders are lifted. The last day of school was Friday.

Our walk today was all about the birds!

Can you see all the holes in the sand that these little birds have made looking for breakfast?

It is so much fun to see these birds move up and down the sand as a group.

I was practicing catching birds in flight today.

Enjoy your weekend everyone. For all the mothers out there, a very Happy Mother’s Day to you with all God’s blessings!

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Round Robin Photo Challenge ~ See the Music!

Welcome to the Round Robin Photo Challenge. This Saturday the theme is “See the Music”

You can be literal with this one, with photos of sheet music, musical instruments, stereo equipment etc., or more abstract, showing something that reminds you of a particular song. Illustrate a Rolling Stones lyric, or photograph your favorite local band, or catch your kid practicing the guitar or clarinet! If it’s suggestive of some kind of music, it counts!

The photos I’m posting are from a trip to Santa Barbara, California and Dallas, Texas…

This sculpture was just off State Street. See the store in the background called Mozart Trio?

 

This was taken at the Dallas Arboretum.

To see more Round Robin Photo Challenges on this subject visit the Round Robin Blog.

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Round Robin Photo Challenge ~ In Flight!

Welcome to the Round Robin Photo Challenge for April 18th. This challenge was submitted by Carly and the theme is “In Flight”. These are the choices I made for the challenge. These photos were all taken in Ventura and Santa Barbara, California.

 

Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura, California.

 

 

Our daughter Katie who looks like she’ll take off and fly and all the Seagulls she made fly!!

 

This last photo was taken in Santa Barbara, California.

Happy Photo Challenge all you Robins!

To see more “In Flight photos click over to the official Round Robin Challenge Blog!

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Outdoor Wednesday ~ Crosses…

I’m continuing my Easter/Holy week theme with Outdoor Wednesday for this week. I love to walk through old cemeteries where there are above the ground headstones. There are always the coolest crosses to be found.

Ventura, California

Santa Barbara, California

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington. If you look closely in the background you can see the Space Needle.

Seattle, Washington

Cotswolds, England

 

Oxford, England

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (New International Version)

 Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

For more Outdoor Wednesday please visit Susan at A Southern Day Dreamer!

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