Sunday Blessing: Returning to my soul’s home


Sunday Blessing: Returning to my soul’s home

There is no greater blessing than to be where you feel closest to God. Tonight we got on the Queen of Nanimo and rode the ferry to Mayne Island. We just finished our traditional dinner of burgers and fry’s from the cafeteria on the boat, and walked out to the front deck. The sun was beginning to lower and the captain announced that there was a pod of Orca whales that could be seen. My heart fills with joy and my soul sings. I am coming home.

Nature at its finest, water, mountains, the sound of the ferry horn, the feel of the fresh air as it attempts to take my hat from my head. God revealing Himself as the Great Creator. I am so blessed. I am so blessed. My soul rejoices, and I am home again.





Glass Art
July 7, 2012, 8:40 pm
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I could not tell you when they started collecting glass. I am not sure what even draws them to it. It could be the colors, the difficulty, the real and the fantasy of your imagination brought to life in a solid form that you can hold. It could be my mom’s obsession with light, sunshine and open spaces. It might be my dad’s love of natural beauty, the way his scientific mind embraces the difficulty of what a glass artist must manipulate to bring a piece to life. It may just be they started with a small choice when they were young, and the tradition continued with bigger and more spectacular sculptures as they traveled through the years.

Whatever the reason, my parents have an amazing collection. I took the time to photograph the six largest and a few of the animal menagerie that I love the most. I share these with you. Who knows maybe it will spark a love and appreciation for glass art you did not realize you had.











Sunday Blessing: For Celebration

Sunday Blessing: For Celebration

It is the first of July, it is the start of my vacation. I rode with my husband over a beautiful mountain pass that is only open for a little while each summer. I have two nights with him at the trailer, and then home to Bend for a couple of days before I take the three boys to my island. It is a time of celebration. A time to enjoy the long days and warm nights. The following blessing from To Bless the Space between us by John O’Donohue seemed perfect. Go in peace.

Now is the time to free the heart,
Let all intentions and worries stop,
Free the joy inside the self,
Awaken to the wonder of your life.

Open you eyes and see the friends
Whose hearts recognize your face as kin,
Those whose kindness watchful and near,
Encourages you to live everything here.

See the gifts the years have given,
Things you effort could never earn,
The health to enjoy who you want to be
And the mind to mirror mystery.


Whimsical Wednesday: The Peony

When I was a little girl my parents took me to the Butchart Gardens in Canada.  I was enthralled by the winding paths, the green, perfectly manicured grass and more flowers than I had ever seen in my whole life. In a past blog, I mentioned my love of flowers, I believe these gardens left such an impact on me and my five senses that to this day if you mention a beautiful garden my mind immediately goes here.  It was here that I was first introduced to the Peony.  It was here that I understood the intense and wonderful creativity of God in a new way.

When we moved to Bend in September of 2001, we Had no idea what plants or flowers had been planted.  It was such a wonderful gift that first June at our home to discover six Peony plants. I am not sure why they thrive in my yard but they do and I love it! I think if I were a flower I would be a bright pink Peony.

When I went to the web to find out about these flowers here is what I learned!

The meaning and symbolism of the Peony

With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it’s not surprising that even the mythology surrounding the origin of the peony has multiple versions. One legend has it that the peony is named after Paeon, a physician to the gods, who received the flower on Mount Olympus from the mother of Apollo. And another tells the story of that same physician who was “saved” from the fate of dying as other mortals by being turned into the flower we know today as the peony.

The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

The following pictures are from my garden and my mother in-laws with a few from Butchart Gardens off their website.  May your Whimsy be filled with the beauty of the Peony


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Whimsical Wednesday: For the love of Bend



Whimsical Wednesday: For the love of Bend

About a month ago I started a series on why I love Bend Oregon.  It was about the river trail that I walk.  Then life happened and other stories seemed a more appropriate fit for the Whimsical Wednesday spot.  Now we are back to Bend and its many reasons that I love living here.  Today it is about the communities commitment to sustainability and green living.  It is also about my favorite Summer event in Bend, the Farmers Market.

Oregon in general is a pretty environmentally conscious state.  Bend seems to epitomize  the movement with its efforts to recycle, having commute options, being very bike friendly and organic.  We have a number of organic farms in the area and one is actually just down the street from me.  The owners are friends and they are wonderful people who have made farming work as the city has grown up around their property.  Gus loves to go visit any chance he gets.  He rolls in their compost, plays with their golden and generally has a grand ole time.

The following information found on the individual websites is a bit more in-depth information about the three areas I chose to highlight this week. I love this community and the many ways I have learned to be more gentle to this earth. I love that I can go to the Farmers Market on Wednesdays down town, see a bunch of people I know, talk about life, and buy the best tasting, freshest available produce, much of which was grown in the Bend area. I love Bend!

We are a 10 acre organic vegetable farm located on 10 acres in Bend, Oregon, only a few miles from downtown.  We are a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm and have been certified ORGANIC by Oregon Tilth.

We have been growing produce for the local market since 1989.  Fields Farm is a sustainable farm using organic methods.  Fields Farm has a CSA and Farm Bucks program.  We also sell at the Bend Farmer’s Market, local grocery stores and several restaurants.  We grow a wide range of vegetables including arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, brussel sprouts, specialty broccolis and cauliflowers, cabbage, carrots, collards, corn, cucumbers, garlic, greens, lettuce and lettuce mix, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, peppers, potatoes, onions, scallions,  summer squash and tomatoes.  We have 10 varieties of potatoes, garlic, kaleand lettuce mix in larger quantities for store and institutional sales.

Fields Farm has been a family run farm for 24 years.

Bend Farmers Market is blossoming into one of Oregon’s leading farm–direct marketplaces, bringing together growers and producers with people who hunger for fresh, local, healthful foods and agricultural goods. The Market occurs twice a week at two locations. We’ve also continued to reach out to the community as the first farmers market in Oregon to launch a Farm to School program.


to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon.

For us, sustainability is about people, the planet and prosperity.

Sustainability means meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  It means meeting human needs equitably, living within our planet’s ecological limits, and building a prosperous economy for all.

We believe that ensuring a sustainable future for people and the planet means we must change how we live our daily lives, individually and collectively.  Because a healthy planet hinges on how much we drive or ride our bike.  It hinges on how much stuff we consume and what we do with it when we’re done.  It hinges on how much energy we use and how that energy is created, from coal or from the sun.  It hinges on how we educate our kids and what we educate them about.  And a healthy future hinges on how we solve collective challenges, like land use planning, transit, homelessness and carbon pricing.

Happy Summer!

I read a book yesterday. I did not quite get through the whole thing but I actually took time to read. My boys cleaned out there room yesterday, now my living room is covered with stuff they no longer need, but they actually took the time to do it. Jessie hung out with a friend at the river and did not have to worry about how late she would be up because of it. John is at a football camp. It must be Summer!

Summer, that glorious time when my life actually does move to the beat of a different drum. The time where my kids relax, and time seems to slow down. Now I know that some of you, in fact most of you, do not get a Summer Vacation anymore. Your jobs do not run on a school calendar. Yet, I know you remember. I bet you can picture yourself back in school and the incredible feeling of anticipation for that last school bell.

Summer for me means I get to go to my favorite place on earth, Mayne Island, BC. It means that though I miss them, I have only my four teenagers and not a little one to take care of. Summer means school is out, and the shuttling though it does not end, is less. Routines take on a new rhythm, and stress becomes a surprise visitor instead of the normal live in version. Summer is a gift of warm days and nights of campfires and star-gazing. I love Summer. Today, on a Tuesday, I will be taking off to see my husband in Eugene. I will have dinner with him spend the night in the trailer, enjoy an early lunch with him at the hospital and then come back. It’s Summer, I can do that!

I am so glad for Seasons. I have lived in places where the Seasons were not clearly marked by weather, it was lovely, but harder to fully immerse myself in the celebrations that were reflected by mother nature. Seasons in nature, seasons in life, and seasons of a family. It is good to remember that having four teenagers is a Season. It will not last. Scotty being away from us during the week is a Season, we will get through it. This is good to remember in hard times, for it will be over soon, and in good times, to savor each moment. If you feel like you are in the Winter, remind yourself of the Summer days and know they will come again. As the bible stated so well,”To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” For me and my family I am really thankful it is Summer!

Sunday Blessing: Words of Wisdom to All, but Especially Graduates

Sunday Blessing: Words of Wisdom to All, but Especially Graduates

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.
Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest. Value has a value only if its value is valued.”
–Brian G. Dyson
President and CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises during his speech at the Georgia Tech 172nd Commencement Address Sept. 6, 1996

And God says to all of us, you are no chicken; you are an eagle.
Fly, eagle, fly.
And God wants us to shake ourselves,
spread our pinions,
and then lift off and soar and rise,
and rise toward the confident
and the good and the beautiful.
Rise towards the compassionate
and the gentle and the caring.
Rise to become what God intends us to be–eagles, not chickens.
– Desmund Tutu

Congratulations! Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own.
And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
—Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”