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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oregon and Christmas

Welcome to Oregon.  

The town where our son and his family live is about 15 miles north of the California boarder.  
One more pass to go through and we would be at our first real destination.

The sky was dark and we didn't know if we would need to stop and put on the chains again, but the closer we got to our sons the sky cleared to a beautiful blue and about 45*

What joy to be reunited with our son, his spouse and our grands again.  
They moved to this area 6 months ago.  Way too long for this grandma's heart.

Our granddaughter ran to meet us in the parking lot.  OH what joy!

Do you love Christmas?  I know, it's February but sharing a state a week we just now made it this far in our great adventure.  If you haven't been following and want to catch up just visit some of my older posts.  

The family live in a nice 2 bedroom place but really too small for a tree, besides, the youngest is just pulling up on everything so it wouldn't have been safe.  SO Grand and I and son drew a tree on the large mirror in the dinning room with whiteboard markers!  We had fun and it was the perfect tree.  FREE  I love the smile on our grand.  

Thought I would just add a few of the expressions 
we caught on camera.  

We celebrated my hubby's 62nd birthday at our sons.  He played happy birthday on the guitar while we sang.  DIL had made a wonderful chocolate cake.

We also visited Jacksonville  about 17 miles away had a great day and wonderful lunch.

It was difficult to leave but was time to head back out.  Driving away, with tears in my eyes I was still excited to continue our great adventure with the most important man on earth.

Blessings, Come back again!

Next week I will be sharing heading down Highway 1 on the coast.

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Blue Monday
Monday Mellow Yellow
Our World Tuesday
Outdoor Wednesday
Sky Watch Friday

Saturday, February 23, 2013

pink Saturday

Took this picture of our "little puppy" Jasmine napping this past Friday.  Her blankie is pink and has kitty cats, great for the perfect dream.   Just thought it was cute enough to share.  I love how she tucks her paws under when she is sleeping.

A great chance with the ice to measure her paw print.  Yep, 5 inches!

My neighbor was out with her granddaughters they loved playing with Jazzy!

Have a wonderful restful weekend.  Blessings, Debbie

Linking with  Beverly for Pink Saturday

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

letter F

February is the perfect month to show off the letter F

Faith, Family and Friends.

Three Fab F's


I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:19-21

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:2-4

 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 5:1-3

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:12-14 

This was taken a couple of years ago with my sisters, cousins, nieces and some of their children at my sisters 60th birthday party.

I have a wonderful family.  What more could be wanted.  I know families who have been torn apart by choices that have been made.  I have an amazing husband of 41 years Extended family who can get together without stress and fighting.  I have Sisters I can count on.  Children I am proud of.  Six amazing grandchildren.

One of the cruises we went on with several church friends.  One we lost to cancer not too long after this was taken.

Being 8 hours away from family can be difficult.   It is such a blessing to have good friends in my life.  We can play together, laugh and cry together.

I pray you have all three of these 
FABULOUS F's in your life.

Also for F is Fireplace!  Our furnace is broke Monday and has to be replaced so we are trying to stay warm with our fireplace.  So thankful it is being replaced today!
Blessings, Debbie

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Nothern California

After driving through Nevada we reached Northern California 

The snow was heavy and we had to stop and put on the chains we had purchased before starting the trip.  When on the highway they have workers stopping cars and checking that you have chains before you can go on.  

Beautiful but scary to drive thru

We stopped at Truckee, California in Donner Pass to check the weather.  Not being on a schedule we thought we could find a room and just hang out while the storm to passed.  It was snowing so hard I stayed in the car so we could keep the windows clean.  Hubby came out and we headed on down the road.  They were expecting 5 FEET of snow that evening and next day.  

God's timing is so perfect.  When we got back on the highway we were blessed to be right behind 3 snow plows then a highway patrol car.  We had a perfect escort through that heavy storm.  we passed many cars who were stuck along the side of the road.

It's amazing how quickly things changed. 

love this shot

Make sure you enlarge this to see the sculpture.

Just stayed in California long enough to get to southern Oregon. 
 We were headed to our son and family for Christmas Day.
Come Back so much more to see on this Great Adventure.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

letter E exciting

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Exciting news...  today I am excited to exclaim the extravagant gift my hubby gave me for valentines day!
I am sharing my post today, sitting in the living room on my new laptop!

How fun it will be to not have to arrange times to use the desk computer.  

Blessings, Debbie

Monday, February 11, 2013


Welcome Back for the next state in our 
great adventure

 We could drive for miles and miles and miles...

Along the way you would see ranches 
with no one else for miles around.

We stayed in  Salt Lake City. 
The picture above is the city from a park we drove up too for a nice evening walk, 
and another beautiful sunset.

Mortan Salt refinery.  Along the way through the salt flats.  

This train was full of some type of mineral. 

Starting to get into more of the mountains, 
I could just imagine riding along in the wagon, seeing a tribe of indians along the ridges. 

Hope you enjoyed the ride.  Come back and visit our next state!
Blessings, Debbie

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