Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just a quick minute checking in...

We're off to The Dalles in a few minutes to go grocery shopping. I need to start planning better so we aren't running into town so much. But when we used to go 2 1/2 hours to stock up, now we only go an hour and it doesn't seem so far away!

But if I had planned better we would have shopped Saturday on our way home from the dentist in Portland:) Oh well!

So today is grocery day. I also have a couple of flyers to take to the school, one for VBS and one for camp. It's nice they will send them home with the kids for us. Last night was Baccalaureate. We have 3 Seniors graduating. After the service 2 of the seniors went out and painted the street. Apparently that is Glenwood tradition!

I got flowers planted in the yard Monday and also in the flower pots near the church. It's time to spruce things up so people in the community know we are a church who cares. I am working just one flower bed at a time. I'm hoping this will deter Sandy from digging up my freshly planted flowers! I planted some Dahlia bulbs over the weekend and in less than hour she had dug up one bunch and who knows where they are. She probably ate them!

Tonight is the spelling bee at school for K-8th grade, hosted by the Honor Society. Becca is participating and finally decided last night that maybe she should practice the words. There are 558 words on her list. We got through 150. So, we'll see how she does.

Well, sounds like Butch is ready to go. More later...

Blessings from Glenwood!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Still Pinching Myself

I am still finding it hard to believe that God has allowed Butch and I to serve him here in Glenwood. It is such a beautiful place. When we lived in Bonney Lake this was the kind of area we used to go camping in. Now we live here!

This afternoon we went for a picnic with a family from church. They showed us their "secret" spot along the Klickitat River. A sandy beach where the kids could play in the water, just at the edge because it sure is cold and swift this time of year. Of course Spencer was the first to fall in:) Just his feet got wet!

After we ate we drove down the road further and hiked a little ways in to where the water goes down a tube or something to the Hatchery. Then we hiked a little further and found water coming out of a rock creating quite the creek. A little further brought us full circle back to our vehicles. Driving out we stopped at another place where the water comes out of the rock creating a magnificent waterfall down to the river. Some call this Wonder Spring but we have been told the real name is Cascade Spring. And apparently the speculation is that the water is coming through a Lava Tube. Butch took a picture but it really doesn't do justice so I won't post it. You will just have to come visit us to see it!

We have been truly blessed to be here. As we spend time getting to know people we are finding that there are many fascinating people here in Glenwood. And they all have stories to tell. I have never lived anywhere that the history is so rich and the people are here to tell it. It's exciting to go visit people and listen to their stories. Some have been here 50 years or more. Generations of families live here. We had multiple generations of one family in church this morning that took up 2 pews and they were squeezed in together!

So yes, I am still pinching myself because sometimes it feels as though I am dreaming:) The snow is quickly melting, allowing us to get up into the high country. Butch and Grady were out Friday evening and they saw deer and elk of course, but also a porcupine and a bear. And they were just a few miles outside of town. Hopefully when I am with Butch and we see a bear we'll have the camera!

Keep praying for us to continue making progress in meeting people and in moving the church forward. And praise Him for allowing us to serve Him here in Glenwood!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Online Craft Club

Check out my Scrappin' Blog for details about my Online Craft Club! You have unil June 30 complete this great project. All who complete it will have a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Time for Me

I am finding myself busier than I did in Round Mountain and am realizing that I haven't had any "me time" since we got here. So I am going to deliberately carve out time for myself this week. The house is pretty much unpacked except for my scrappin stuff so that is my goal for this week. To take time to get it unpacked so I can get back to scrappin'.

I figure an hour here and there should be enough, but if I don't write it on my calendar then my time will slip away. Today I am taking time to work in the flower beds. I want to plant some roses along the fence and get some bedding plants but the flower beds are in sad shape. I saw pictures from quite a few years ago and there were beautiful rose bushes all along the edge of the yard but they have mostly been taken out. There are a couple left but they have been neglected over the years and might not make it. I might be able to save them but it will probably be better to just replace them.

It looks like it will be a fairly nice day so it is a good day for yard work. And since I enjoy it that makes it "me time":~)

As far as church goes, we are getting settled into the routine. Still trying to learn names but getting there. Butch and I decided that when the new Pastor arrives everyone in the church should have to wear name tags for the first 3 months of Sundays. That would make it so much easier to learn everyone's names! Part of our busyness is getting out and visiting people.

I found a couple of ladies so far that scrapbook so maybe we'll be able to get together and scrap one of these days. One is apparently well known in town for her scrapbooking because every time I mention that I scrapbook, her name comes up:)

Butch is hoping to go turkey hunting this week with a guy from church. They have talked about it a few times but I think they finally made a plan to go. So maybe we'll be eating wild turkey here real soon. We see them everywhere but Butch is going to hunt with his bow so it will be harder to get one.

I guess that's the latest update on us. As I carve out "me time" I will try to post more and get some pictures up.