Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bandon Beach...

On our recent vacation, one day we took a drive from the little cabin on the Umpqua River south on coastal highway 101 to the little town of Bandon, Oregon. The coastline there is rocky and dramatic and reminds me a bit of the coast of Maine. The weather was gray and moody, but not cold or windy.
 It's a beautiful and dramatic view from the cliff top overlooking the beach.
 There's a walking path along the cliff edge and then stairs you can walk down to the beach.
I enjoyed walking along the shore and exploring all the nooks and crannies of this rocky stretch of beach. There was even a dead shark washed up on shore, but I'll spare you a photo of that!

In the photo below you can see a large tree trunk that has washed up on the shore and is now beginning to petrify.

I loved our time at Bandon beach and hope you enjoy the photos!

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Blessings in the ordinary...

Some of life's biggest blessings are easy to miss because they are mixed in with the mundane and ordinary.

My morning ritual includes lighting a candle that sits atop the gray cabinet next to my cozy chair and a hot cup of coffee in one of my favorite cups. Such simple ordinary things-the candle, the coffee, the cozy chair, the bargain cabinet that is a perfect fit for that spot-each a simple blessing for which I am thankful. Think of a life stripped of all of these simple pleasures. How bland life would be! I've been keeping a gratitude journal for nine years, and yet there are still so many things, so many blessings, I fail to notice and give God thanks for. It's still all too easy to notice what I'm unhappy about!  I'm still a work in progress in giving thanks even for the seemingly insignificant.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-today's to-do list accomplished in spite of an unexpected interruption to my pre-planned day
-God speaking to me from 1 Peter 2:23
-getting to spend a couple of hours with my two youngest grandgirlies

-watching our youngest grandson while my daughter has a prenatal appointment-(we had a wonderful walk around my old hometown in spite of a bit of rain)
-a fluffy new comforter for our bed

-a good prayer time on my walk
-a phone call with my oldest sister
-time with a friend that I haven't spent time with in too long
-dinner at my sister's 

-being able to talk to God about anything and everything
-God's forgiveness and grace
-a good prayer time with a sweet young mama from church

-Psalm 25 in The Passion Translation
-my son-in-law's help on our brick lawn edging while I got to enjoy time with my daughter and grandson
-my hubs taking me out for my favorite fish tacos 

-a sweet quiet time with Jesus before a full, busy day
-hosting a baby shower for a sweet mama from our church

-knowing that God will never fail me, leave me or forsake me

-wonderful worship
-more new faces at church
-lunch with family and friends 

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

One heart...

The expression often used for two people that are close, inseparable even, is that their hearts are "knit together".  Unfortunately, many of us have experienced the excruciating pain that happens when two hearts that were once knit together are torn asunder by an offense, a misunderstanding, a betrayal or even just apathy and neglect. It happens in marriages. It happens in friendships. It happens in families. It happens in church. If it has happened to you, it can make you guarded and hesitant to let yourself get that close to someone again. It can make you afraid to trust again. It can even hinder you from drawing close to God and trusting Him. When difficulties surround you, when the enemy seems to be triumphing over you, when circumstances seem as though they are defeating you, you may cry out, "You, too, God? Have You abandoned me, too?"(Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, September 16th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Anticipating Autumn...

Once Labor Day weekend is over, I begin to add a little autumn seasonal decor to our home. Back in the day I used to overdecorate-my home was full of orange faux foliage and all manner of fall tchotchkes. It was all just too much. Now I like to keep things more simple and subtle.

My autumn mantel this year pulls in the navy blue which is the dominate color in our living room. I painted an abstract ocean canvas, painted a faux pumpkin navy blue with a copper stem, added a piece of twisty driftwood I hauled home from our recent vacation, and put one branch of faux foliage from Michael's craft store in a navy blue vase I already had.

On the gallery wall in our living room I added the cornhusk wreath I made last year inside the reproduction tobacco basket and a wooden fall leaf into the empty frame under the hello sign.
I kept the decor on the shelves near my husband's favorite chain in the living room all neutral. With the gallery wall over the couch and the decor on the mantel, I wanted to keep the decor on the shelves simple and visually peaceful.
A simple twig pumpkin is the only autumn decor I added to our entry hall.
I've had these dried wheat stalks for years and love them in this simple autumn centerpiece.
I put another faux autumn branch from Michael's in the large demijohn by my Restoration Hardware knockoff shelves. My copper collection stays out all year long, but I especially love it's warm glow in the darker autumn and winter seasons.

 In our kitchen nook seating area I simply added some walnuts to an old ironstone bowl. Cozy candlelight is a must in all autumn decor in my opinion.
 My antique Shawnee pottery owl cookie jar always comes out for autumn, and a velvety pumpkin will probably be replaced by a real pumpkin when we get closer to October.
Do you like to decorate for the seasons?

It's almost FRIDAY, friends!

Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Little Cabin on the Umpqua River and Heceta Head Lighthouse

My Iphone and Nikon are full of photos from our recent vacation. We went to our son-in-law's family cabin on the Umpqua River for a week, came home to repack, and then went to Victoria, B.C. for five days. We had a lovely time and I am enjoying reliving it as I go through my photos. Today I'm sharing a foggy morning at the cabin as viewed from the back deck. By the last photo in this series, you can see that the fog is beginning to burn off giving way to a sunny afternoon.

The cabin is only a short drive inland from the Pacific, so one afternoon we enjoyed a drive on Hwy. 101 up the Oregon coast. In none of the photos is the color manipulated, so you can see once again the fog giving way to stunning clear blue skies. 
Sea lions abound on the rocks on this stretch of the Oregon coast.
I'll be sharing more photos of our vacation over the next couple of weeks.

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