Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Little Love at Camp Tadmor

Our granddaughter Kory is spending the summer at Camp Tadmor, being a counselor to a group of girls each week. So far the reports are all good, and she is having a fantastic time.
 All the fun stuff campers get to do : ) This camper is the daughter of the first counselor Kory had when she went Tadmor for the first time. I love how God keeps the circles moving.

 It's been a HOT week at camp, and I think there were lots of water activities.
 One of these is a giant slip-n-slide, with soap bubbles all over it.
Kory reports that God is working, and we are so glad that she is there and fulfilling a long-time dream of hers. Pray for real change in the lives of these kids and staff. BTW, if you know a camper going to Tadmor this summer, her camp name is 'Sassy'.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June and Macy

 The month of June has been unusually busy for the insurance man and I. After we attended Kendall's graduation, we decided to have her younger sister Macy come for a week. We picked her up and then took her camping up at Walton Lake in the Ochoco mountains. One day we drove to a snow park near the top of the mountain, and she found an old growth ponderosa pine stump to stand on, and a log cabin that they use to warm people up during the ski season.
 We also found a lot of blooming wildflowers, and she picked a big bouquet for the camp trailer.

 One hot evening we took her to the park that is close by the house, and she mainly had it to herself. Lots of playground fun.

 The following week she and I attended Vacation Bible School every morning, she as a participant and I as her leader. It turned out that we had three boys in our group too, and they are the insurance man's 2nd cousins. So it was all one big happy family. They all liked the science class each day and making things.
 The bible stories, the videos, the games and of course the snacks. Macy, Josh, Elliott and Luke and I had a great week together.
 JoAnn spent the week crocheting Macy a poncho for this fall, and it turned out so cute on her. What a great idea!
And during all this we have had a pretty good heat wave. On our trip taking Macy home we recorded this landmark temperature about one hour north of us. Wow...I think maybe it's time for July, and a bit of a slowdown as well.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Kendall Did It!

And here is our 2015 Graduate from Woodland High School...Kendall Grell!
I think her class had the best weather for an outdoor graduation that anyone ever had. It was really beautiful sitting out beside the football field, and enjoying the program.
Very proud Mama and grandparents. She graduated as a member of the Honor Society, and received a few scholarships for her athletic endeavors. She was the only female member of her class to letter in 3 sports (soccer, basketball and softball) all four years.
We had  a celebration party for her yesterday, and here she is with her 6'5" boyfriend, Dakota. It was so good to be with her and her family and to help celebrate this milestone. She plans to attend Clark Community College this fall and start on a nursing program.
(Mom, Dad and Julie & family, we missed you but hope this helps you feel included in the fun.)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Lovely May and June

It's been a full couple of weeks. The end of May and beginning of June always seems full of activities and end-of-school year things to do. We had a piano recital here at the house, which was lots of fun and the girls all did exceptionally well. That was followed by a visit from granddaughter Kory and her friend Ashley. They will both be working at a Christian camp this summer, so slipped over for a visit before they had to leave for camp. It was full of shopping and cooking, coffee, sightseeing around Bend and all the usual fun stuff at Grammy's house. Then we hosted 14 for dinner with a few new friends to get to know. And the first bouquet for the year and outdoors it is glorious right now. Summer is here, and we are off to granddaughter Kendall's graduation. More photos of that next time.

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Little Bit...

A Little Bit of Fresh Oregon Strawberries
 A Little Bit of Playing in the River...
and Having a Picnic
A Little Bit of Crocheting
And a Little Bit of Gardening... 

made for a very nice Memorial Day Weekend.
Hope Yours Was Nice Too!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The One Season We Normally Don't See

Spring is here in Central Oregon....early! It started in February and has just kept coming. This may not seem unduly unusual to many in our country, but here we normally don't have a spring. We somehow get from winter to summer about the middle of June, with a few hard freezes yet to come. They say it's because of our proximity to the Cascade Mountain range. But this year things got changed up. We have continually seen beautiful weather and flowers. Flowers that have not poked up their heads just to freeze, but to grow and bloom. It's been a beautiful daffodil season, with longs weeks of blooms, and I still have a few later bloomers out there. We even had a beautiful Easter with flowers and outdoor egg hunting. Such abundance we are appreciating.
 On a nice Sabbath Sunday, we had our first hamburger cookout and ate on our deck in April. Pretty much unheard of in our 31 years here in Bend. I love weather that changes, and continually surprises. We have been in drought weather through the winter, but the last two weeks have gone a long ways towards helping that. April showers are showing up in May and I love the misty, moisty mornings of my youth. Great for gardening.
My ever faithful blooming crabapple trees are a delight to my soul. Hope you are enjoying Spring as well, wherever you live.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Table

From start to finish, here's a record of the making of the table.
First is a picture of the homemade saw horses my dad put together to use and also the posts for the table legs leaning on one of them.  We turned our lower deck into work space, which worked out very nicely and the weather cooperated almost entirely.
The base of the table is almost all assembled.
Everyone was getting excited as the pieces were coming together and looking like a table.

Next was the tabletop.  

Dad got a nifty gadget called a Kreg Jig that made these holes so that the screws could go in straight.
They worked on extensions that can be added onto each end of the table to make it longer.
Sam is holding an extension in place.
Sam is drilling holes with the Kreg Jig.
The jig is the blue thing and it is clamped onto the board to hold it in place.  My dad said it was worth it's weight in gold.  A very useful little tool.

All of this building productivity inspired just about everyone.  I found these two hammering away on some scraps of wood.
Calvin got motivated with the sander.
Safety goggles were flying around like crazy while everyone got in on the action.  Someone thought James should even try them out, although he stayed safely away from the work zone.
They also put together two benches to sit on one side of the table.
These are some awesome, sturdy benches.  I have been loving them.  Great design.
This was one of the first things to get stained.  We chose a walnut colored stain.
There it is!  This was after one coat of stain.  We put on another coat later and a coat of polyurethane before bringing it inside to try it out.
This is what it looks like with the extensions.
This was our first meal to eat at it.  Practical, beautiful and big enough for the Jones family, plus guests!
 Here's one more so that you can see the table a little better in the dining room.  We are slowly working on this room.  You can see that we just added the curtains.  We hope to buy unstained chairs and stain them to match for the ends and one side.
Last of all, the benches!  They definitely help save space in this narrow room.

A huge shout out to my Dad, my husband, and my sons for this wonderful accomplishment and addition to our home!