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

Friday, July 31, 2009

A Friday Night in Glenwood

What do you do on a Friday Night in a town that is 9 square blocks with just a small store and a restaurant/gas station/hotel?

Go for a tractor ride of course!

We were invtied tonight to go for a tractor ride, about an hour long, around the countryside:) A man in town has built a wagon of sorts to pull behind his tractor, complete with couches and a couple of old bench seats from various vehicles.
I wonder what people think when they drive by on the highway...

Our driver, Dale, let one of the boys (not ours) drive for a while.

The field is the background is part of the wildlife refuge where we were seeing very large herds of Elk in the Spring.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


You could say that we've been a little busy:)

I find it hard to believe that it's already the end of July. Where did our summer go? Last week we were able to go to Camano Island for a few days for a Pastor's Getaway with other Village Missionaries in Washington. It was a fun time to get away and be refreshed. We spent a few days with my mom in Puyallup and visited our Lake Tapps Community Church family on Sunday and had lunch with friends before heading home on Monday.

This week we have been playing "catch up" which is usually the case when we are gone for a week. It seemed like we were gone a lot longer.

Sunday we head off to camp in Oregon with 13 kids in 4-7th grade for Junior camp. We bring them home Wednesday and head back with our 5 teenagers for Teen camp on Thursday. Then home Sunday and sleep on Monday! My mom is coming out next week to puppy sit and have a mini-vacation. Must be rough, Sandy isn't exactly hard to take care of!

We're hoping to fit in at least one more camping trip in August. Butch wants to go bear hunting and I want to get some Huckleberries but we have a pretty small window to fit it in! Labor Day weekend will be family camping with the church family. We're not going far but it will be fun camping with people from church. We'll have the worship service up at the campground:)

The kids go back to school August 25. Part of me is counting the days, but the other part wishes that it was a little bit later. The start of school means the end of summer. No more sleeping in every day and hanging out in pajamas. But...I get so much more done when I get up early to get the kids going.

Well, that's just a little update on life in Glenwood.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jen's Scrappin Spot

Don't forget to check out My CTMH Blog for the next project in my Online Craft Club! E-mail me a picture of your completed project by August 31!

Happy Scrappin'

Friday, July 10, 2009

Time Flies...

A lot has been happening since I posted last. I didn't realize it had been that long. We finished VBS with a great closing Friday night. The kids brought $170 for their Missions offering and all got to "Cream the Pastor." Butch is such a good sport to go along with me on these things. It gives the kids great incentive to bring money for missions!

We took our kids camping the Monday - Wednesday before the 4th of July. We went to Tahk Lahk Lake, on the NE side of Mt Adams. It was beautiful up there. Not very many camping yet and still some snow left in the campground. We couldn't get to the higher campgrounds yet. It was a nice, relaxing time.

We had a BBQ at our house on the 3rd of July and invited anybody who wanted to come. We had about 30 people show up. It was a great time of fellowship. We'll do it again before summer is through.

We met with those who had been or would like to be involved in the Worship team. It was a good meeting. We practiced yesterday with the piano player and it went very well. It would be nice to have at least one other person to sing, we'll get there! I've come a long way in the last three years but it's nice to have someone else to hit some of those higher notes!
I was able to get my hair cut today. I found a gal in Trout Lake which isn't far from here. She did a great job. I told her she passed the test and I'll be back:) I do miss April but Sumner is kind of a ways to go to get my hair cut!
Here are some pictures from our camping trip.
Langfield Falls, just out of Trout Lake

Spencer will shuck corn, but he won't eat it.
Sitting around the campfire
Mt. Adams reflected in Tahk Lahk Lake, late afternoon
Same view as the sun sets

Waterfall on a bend in road 23, on the way home

We'd have a great family picture if Butch would smile:)