Scenes of Summer.

Summer, glorious summer.  You have my heart.
It's truly been marvelous….just spending continuous strings of days being together, making memories.  We've travelled four states, spent time with all our extended families, and enjoyed many days at home with no agenda.

And amidst the joy, there is heartache, hardship, waiting…the ache of a broken world.
But always hope.

And always the endless common graces of sun, and warmth, and water, and on and on.

Summer, you're not off the hook yet.  Three more weeeeeeks!


Father's Day Camping.

In line with last year (let's call it an official tradition!), we spent a couple of nights camping this weekend.  It was a good 'ole time of togetherness, campfires, celebrating, resting,
 and exploring:).  Nothing can beat watching these kids light up around their dad…..they love to be with him so much!  

This year, we ventured over to Cape Perpetua and camped within a mile of some beautiful forest hiking and the beach.  It was green (all those photos aren't even edited).  We could have spent a week there!  Glory, glory.
The last night we set up the camera to take a family picture.  Then, Dave let the kids take a million shots of everyone doing whatever they said.  Here is one of everyone 'swimming'.  Ba!!  It made me laugh out loud:).

Babe, thanks for endeavoring to show these kids the love of our true, perfect Father.  You are doing it well!
You are priceless to us.  


Eleven Years + Eastern Oregon

Last month, Dave and I celebrated eleven years…..we spent a couple of nights in Bend, OR.  I took in my first sights of eastern Oregon, rugged and magnificent.
These little moments away, making a memory, taking a break to just be together….they are life-giving.  Being married to Dave is such a deep delight; I wouldn't even try to put words to it (at least not here).  But the work of marriage proves itself a reality in the midst of these busy days.
By God's grace, we keep sowing….and reaping. And watching these years add up is like watching art take form.  It's bigger than us….and if I think on it long enough, I just wonder why I get to be part of something so marvelous…and I come up short….but oh, so thankful.

Thanks for marrying me, Dave Mann.
I love you.