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girls weekend away

In early April, I met up with my mom and sister, my aunt and cousin in Ellensburg and we had girls weekend away!  We have done this every spring for quite a few years and it is always fun! On the way to Ellensburg I made a stop at Palouse Falls State Park. I had heard it was pretty spectacular with all the spring rains and runoff.  I wasn’t disappointed, it was beautiful! The amount of water coming over the falls was amazing and the hills surrounding were starting to green up.  If you ever get a chance to stop and check it out this spring do, it is worth the 2 miles in on the gravel road.

Palouse Falls

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The next day us girls traveled up north to Birch Bay, WA.  It was raining and continued for the most part of the stay!  That didn’t stop us from exploring the area.  We pretty much stopped at every antique shop from Birch Bay to Bellingham and even found a few fabric and yarn shops!  I love to shop for antiques, it is so much fun and if you look long enough you can find some treasures.  I really like listening to mom and my aunt talk when they shop.  So many things bring back memories of their past and then they laugh and giggle telling us about it.  I love this time together, we talk, eat junk food and chocolate, laugh and have no place to go or schedule to keep.  We just pile in the suburban, I drive and my copilot sister, tells me where to turn.

The day is was supposed to not rain too much, we drove into Canada.  We explored White Rock and walked out on the pier.  It was a little windy and chilly but no rain!  the second stop in Canada was at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  It is such a fun place. we all walked across the bridge and then my sister, cousin and I explored the treetops and the hiking paths. It’s not really hiking but walking along the canyon on a boardwalk. You should check this place out if you are ever in Vancouver BC.

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On our way home, it just happened that is was the only sunny day day of the entire trip! It worked out great for us to stop at Roozengaarde Tulip Farm in Mt. Vernon. The tulips were just coming into bloom and the daffodils were in full bloom. In past years, we drove by and viewed the  fields from the car, but since not all the fields were in bloom, we stopped at the garden and boy was it worth it! Lots of pretty gardens with spring flowers and fields in bloom close by.  They also sell fresh cut tulips, of which I purchased and brought home for Easter.

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In this last picture, I have the tulips in 3 tumblers I picked up at an antique shop. Just one of the treasures I found on the trip!  Looking forward to the next girls weekend!

 

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Enjoy the many laughs and joyous times you spend with family.  God will bring these memories to your mind and it will bring joy and sweet smiles to your soul when you need it the most.

 

 

 

 

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Change is a Good Thing

I’ve decided to take a look back and then move forward with flowerswheatandfabric. Honestly, I struggled with continuing on, but I so much enjoy writing and documenting my journey of life and the things that bring me joy. I just need to carve the time to do it.

Mark and I were just talking about how fast this last year flew by. I know we have the same amount of time as anyone else, but so much has transpired and changed this last year.   “Change is a Good Thing”, I have said this most of my adult life and as I have reflected upon the year 2014, I can say most enthusiastically that indeed, “Change is a good thing!” I will add that it is not always an easy task.

1 Corinthians 7:17, Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned them, just as God has called them.

This verse has been a great reminder that all the paths that my life encounters are never a surprise to God but an orchestrated plan that God has already overseen and it is my job to trust and have faith that every change will bring glory and praises to Him.

One of the most happiest and celebrated changes was the marriage of our son, Jesse to his beautiful bride Heidi, on the first of February.  Farming as a way of life is continuing on, we have a nurse nearby and a grandbaby will join our family this April!  Change is a good thing!

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In April, we helped relocate Marks folks nearer to us. This was a big job, but one that helped them to be able to live with some assistance and yet be independent.  They are a half hour from the farm and it has been a good change!  Along the same lines, my mom also had some significant changes.  She went through two knee surgeries in the first half of the year and has been experiencing difficult back pain since. A house in town was purchased and now we just need to move her in!  This will be a good change for her!  These ‘good’ changes were not necessarily easy, but through all situations God’s blessings are always realized.

Spring and summer bring flowers and color and this past year was no different. I managed to plant my garden and it was the best one yet! I harvested plenty of tomatoes, Okra, salad fixins, strawberries and raspberries!  I am looking forward to that again this year!

September was a month I was anxious for. Our daughter Hannah was moving closer, in town actually!  A friend asked me a couple of months ago how I managed to have both our kids living nearby.  I responded, I had nothing to do with it. God has plans that are greater than mine!  This change is a good thing!

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Traveling and taking time to enjoy friends and family outside our normal scenery is something Mark and I enjoy and would love to do more often. I love taking pictures of the places we have explored so here are a few!

These were taken on our trip to Utah!

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of course I have to add a sunset at the beach!

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