Sunday, June 29, 2008

Where's Part 2?

I'm writing this on Sunday morning--6:45am. Rande is getting off work early so we can head out to Ironwood (the camp where Zach is working) to see our boy and attend church with him. We are *so* excited to see him!

Anyway...I said in my last post there would be a second part and obviously I didn't get to Part 2 last night. I went to my nephew's b-day party yesterday (which was so much fun!) and on the way home from Orange County I had to stop at Home Depot and then went to Kohl's. They are having a 50-60% sale on sheets right now--and when you have a California King size bed, getting sheets on sale is a must--at least for us.

So by the time I got home last night, I was just too tired to post anything.

Part 2? It will have to wait until Monday. : )

Blessings to you on this beautiful Sunday!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Warning: The longest post ever and lots of vacation pics

Whew! I was hoping to get this post out earlier in the week--but time has just slipped away. It's hard to believe that just a week ago we were still in the beautiful Sierra mountains. Believe me, if I could go back, I'd be there in a heartbeat!

Our little cabin was located at a place called Cardinal Village Resort (or Cardinal Lodge). It's located up in the mountains, west of a town called Bishop. The elevation is about 8, 500 feet and the weather was perfect--moderate days and cool nights. Just the way I like it! Most of the cabins in the village once housed miners back in the early 1900's--so they are very rustic and we love them! Rande used to bring Ashleigh up when she was little and then we went up as a family. It's definitely a special place for us and to be honest, it was a little strange at first being there without either of our kids. But we got over it! : )

This is where the little store is located and a tiny restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. Cardinal Lodge is owned by Christians and they even hold services every Sunday.
Our little cabin

Oh yeah! The first catch!

During the day we either hiked around and fished--or we kayaked and fished. And in the evenings we either fished some more near our cabin--or we sat by the campfire and just talked. It was wonderful. And if you look closely, you can see the marshmallows roasting. Gotta have s'mores right?!

I love being outdoors--especially when scenes like this are literally everywhere. Pretty close to heaven as far as I'm concerned! : )

Yours truly!

The first day of kayaking we ended up at South Lake. We were just in awe of God's beautiful creation!

Sometimes we were both so overwhelmed with the beauty that surrounded us, we would stop paddling, look at each other and say, "Can you believe this?" Amazing.

It's early in the season, so the lake is still rising from the snow melt. In a few weeks this area will be completely covered with water. But on this day, the only accessible way to the back part of the lake was by kayak or hiking. We kayaked to the inlet and because there was some rapid-y water and we were going upstream, we had to get out and carry our kayaks. Once we got back in the water and paddled a ways into the very back of the lake, we parked our kayaks and got out. This was a very remote area with not a soul around (except for maybe a bear or two--which you can be sure I was on constant look out! LOL). We started walking around and noticed fish everywhere in these shallow waters. It was like Christmas day! : ) We stayed and fished here for hours, only keeping what we would eat and released the rest. In all our years of fishing, this was by far, the the best fishing either of us had ever experienced.


The next day found us at Lake Sabrina. Again--another beautiful day, surrounded by God's awesome creation! There is a waterfall that pours into the lake, so I was busy taking a ton of pictures and not getting much fishing done. : )

Just in case you are's moss on a rock. : ) here is where the day at Lake Sabrina gets really good. Rande was fishing in his kayak and I was up taking pics of the waterfall and all sorts of other cool stuff, when these two guys paddle up and park their kayaks next to ours. Now this is a pretty remote place where we are--and there wasn't anyone else around, so Rande starts talking to them. A little bit later I get back down to where they all are and join the conversation. Turns out, they are both Christians--the gray haired guy (Brian) is a firefighter in San Diego, so he and Rande knew some of the same people. Then the red haired guy (Aaron) just graduated college, was homeschooled most of his life and we found out he and his dad were at the same father-son retreat that Rande and Zach went to (years ago) put on by Vision Forum. And because of those ties, we all knew some of the same people! Crazy! We sat on rocks, way out in the middle of nowhere and enjoyed two hours of great fellowship with these guys and ending our time with prayer. Isn't that so neat that the Lord would bring us all together like that?! there are two more really exciting things that happened to make this vacation extra special. But I am too tired to write about it tonight and I have to get up early in the morning to make broccoli salad for a sweet little nephew's birthday party--then drive to Orange County for the actual party. And besides, if you've read this far I'm sure you are all bleary-eyed too and ready to be done!

I'll write Part 2 tomorrow night....Lord willing. : )

Blessings to you....and night-y night!

Monday, June 23, 2008

We're home!

And oh! If only I could have bottled some of what we experienced and saw...and brought it home!

But we have lots of pictures and wonderful memories of one of the best vacations ever.

It was nearly perfect. Truly.

And you know what else? I realized more than ever that my favorite person I love to spend time with is my beloved, Rande. I guess that's a good thing, huh? : )

But today is back to reality! ::sniff:: Rande left for work this morning and won't be home until Wednesday and I've got lots of laundry to do, groceries to buy, kayaks that need to be hosed down and a whole list of phone calls to return. I'll probably be a little slow getting back into the bloggy world. I've missed you all...but it has been nice to have a break from the ol' computer (and the telephone...and the tv...and any distractions besides the sound of a distant waterfall, the creek right outside our cabin or the rustling of aspen tree leaves).

So until then...blessings to you and Happy Monday!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Gone fishing!

This will be me next week.

Well, maybe not dressed quite like this--but I'll be casting a line and hoping for the BIG one!

We've got the kayaks ready, the fishing reels loaded and the tackle box well supplied.

Rande and I are heading off tomorrow after church, to one of our most favorite places--the Sierra Nevada mountains (Bishop, Mammoth, June Lake--for you Californians).

Just the two of us. For a week.

No phones (except our cells), no t.v., no Internet--just God's beautiful creation and each other.

It's going to be wonderful.

See you when we get back! : )

ETA: I'm feeling much better. My bronchitis is all cleared up and I've had no more of those weird "phantom gallbladder pains". Turns out my doctor said is possible to still form stones in the main duct and it sounds like I passed one. There is also a possibility a stone was there before my gallbladder was removed. Anyway--I had an ultrasound done yesterday (Friday) to see if there are any more stones and to look at the duct to see if there is a "narrowing", which would be a whole 'nother issue. Thank you for your prayers and I'll keep you posted! : )

**Photo courtesy of

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Never a dull moment...

Thank you for your prayers concerning the recent fire in our area. It was completely contained by Sunday evening with no major damage.

I woke up Sunday thinking that for the first time, I would be going to church by myself. I mean, we are used to Rande not being there sometimes due to work and Ashleigh and John moved almost a year ago--but at least Zach is always there. It would've been very strange (Rande actually made it home from the fire station in time), but I thought, better get used to it because your time is a comin'! Zach is going to be a senior this year and at this point, we don't know what the Lord has for him after that. This could be his last year at home. ::sniff::

Speaking of Zach--here is a picture of him (in the hat) and the others on his Leadership Live team.
He's having a great time--working hard and growing in his relationship with the Lord. After training last week, this will be their first week with actual campers. I can't wait to hear how it's going. : )

People keep asking me how I'm doing with Zach gone and Ashleigh and the grandbabies in Colorado. And you know what? I'm doing good. Don't get me wrong, I miss them like crazy and it's very different--but I'm keeping busy.

I've been sorting through more boxes in our garage, and working on decorating our bedroom and dining room--yeah! I even made a trip to the ER the other day! Exciting huh?! I woke up in the morning with what felt like I was having a serious gallbladder attack. The only problem with that (besides the excruciating pain) is the fact I don't have a gallbladder anymore!

It went on for over an hour and finally I knew whatever was going on was not normal, so we headed to the ER. After a few hours the doctor determined he didn't know what was going on with my pain (which may be caused by a gallstone lodged in the duct) and I would need to see my gastroenterologist. And because I was coughing like crazy, they did a chest x-ray as well and said my bronchitis had relapsed. I know. Am I a case or what?! But I feel fine now! : ) So tomorrow I have an appointment with the gastro doctor to find out what in the world is going on. I'll keep you posted.

See? Even with my kids gone it's never a dull moment around here. : )

Hope you all are having a great week so far! Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

It's that time of year...

Fire season is officially here and this was the scene from our backyard patio this afternoon.

And here is a little friend taking in all the action with us. : ) The fire is still burning this evening, although I'm not sure how many acres have burned at this point. When you live in a small town sometimes the info is sketchy. But I've heard about 100 acres and so far no structures have been lost.

Rande was busy working on our baseboards when he got called into work. He doesn't work for our town fire department, but his bigger city department was sending in a crew. I haven't heard from him so I don't know if he's on the crew or covering.

Our weekend is turning out to be pretty exciting. What about you? : )

ETA: As of 6:15am Sunday, the fire has burned 350+ acres and firefighters are getting a handle on it. Rande is not on the crew fighting the fire--instead he's covering at a fire station.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Are these Converse too cute or what?! I'm generally a flip-flop wearing kinda gal during the summer--but I do like to have one pair (or two...) of cute tennis shoes in my closet. And when I saw these they had cuteness written all over them!

Never mind the fact that I was supposed to be looking for curtains for my bedroom. But that's another story. : )

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Monday happenings

We had wonderfully busy weekend. I don't usually like to be *so* busy, but it was all good and fun stuff. : )

There were weddings, some shopping for things for the house, visiting with friends, laundry and packing for Zach...and a blessed Lord's day. All the messages at church were excellent--especially in Sunday School were we are currently in a series called, Living for Christ in the Last Days. We are truly blessed with such excellent teachers at Calvary Baptist.

Oh...and there was lots of driving this weekend. The cheapest we paid for gas (on Friday when I took Zach to his fiddle lesson) was $4.13. And then we filled up again on Saturday when we drove to San Diego for the second wedding in two days--and paid $4.21. Is this not crazy?! Seriously!

And we'll fill up again today as we drive Zach to Camp Ironwood. Today is the day he leaves for 5 weeks. ::sniff:: Ironwood is where we attend our retreats for church and where the teens go every year for camp. It is the neatest place and as much as we are going to miss Zach, it's going to be a great opportunity for him to attend Leadership Live. He'll be working hard, learning to live and serve with others, receiving excellent Bible teaching and be surrounded by some of the most Christ-loving people I've ever met. If you think about it, please pray for him. Thanks!

So you might be wondering what I'll be doing with myself while both my kiddos and grandbabes are off working and playing--well, besides taking a week and going to the Sierra mountains with my hubby (the week of Father's Day), I have a whole long list of things to keep me busy. But you can be sure, even as busy as I'll be keeping myself, I'll still be missing my kiddos. This is a strange and new place for me.

But more about that later...for now I've got to help Zach load up and then we'll be on our way to Ironwood!

Blessings and Happy Monday to you all! : )