“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Friday, June 29, 2007

Christopher's 2007 Triathlon

Christopher completed his third triathlon this year at Sunriver
(aka Pacific Crest Kid's Splash Pedal-N-Dash).
Kids splash through wading pools.
Then off for a 1-mile bike ride. Topped off with a 1/4 mile run.
The event is even chip-timed. As kids cross the finish line, the announcer proudly says their name over the loud speaker.
(The cute little girl is Christopher's lifelong friend, K'reisa.)





Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sisters, OR

Sisters, Oregon is a cute little country town that sits in the shadows of "The Three Sisters." Each "Sister" is over 10,000 feet high. What a beautiful sight!

Stopping in Sisters is always a treat. I found a Lady Primrose Royal Dusting Silk Shaker. The scent of Tryst is a little stronger than I prefer to wear, so I'll probably be filling it up with my current favorite: Crabtree & Evelyn's Rosewater. The rose glass perfume bottle was a matron of honor gift from my sister-in-law's wedding 19 years ago!

I also think it is fun to pick up a postcard from Sisters and mail it to who else, but my sister! Talking about my sis, here's the knitty gritty on her vest. The left piece is left front. The other piece is the back. Can I finish it in time? July 9th is looming. Oops...I forgot about having to mail it, too!

Update on Ruth

The Lord has answered our prayers! Ruth is recovering at the hospital. I hope to be able to see her today.

The photo (previous post) of us in the garden is taken at Bauman Farms in Gervais, Oregon. August 2006. It has beautiful gardens, plants for purchase, and an amazing little country store.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My Soul Mother

Christopher, Sheri, Ruth and Flo

There are certain people in our lives who minister to our souls. As soon as we meet them, we know they are kindred spirits. One of my dear friends, Ruth, has been such a loving comfort to me during difficult times. Just thinking of her draws me closer to the throne room of God. When we met, she adopted me as her "soul daughter." What a priviledge it has been!

My dear Ruth had a stroke this morning. She is 94 years old. I ask that you would pray for Ruth's health, for the doctor's wisdom, and for her family's comfort.

I love you, Soul Mother Ruth.

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue...
Her children arise and call her blessed...
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
Passages from Proverbs 31:26-30

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Reaping Where I Did Not Sow...the Sequel

Our fresh red sweet cherries inspired me to make a cherry pie.
(Ruth, do you remember these placemats?)

We discovered that we have two varieties of cherry trees. One tree is a red sweet cherry and the other is a "Rainier" (or possibly "Queen Anne") cherry. We rushed to pick cherries from both trees since the birds were starting to feast on them.

I have come to realize that you need to be deliberate when you have a Rainier cherry tree. Unlike the red sweet cherry, the Rainier cherry does not completely turn red and it does not ripen after picking. So, you have to look at each individual cherry and pick it at just the right time. You have to be delicate because the Rainier bruises easily (which trust me is not all that attractive to eat).

I found that after some time dedicated to this tree I am learning when to harvest a Rainier cherry. A friend and I were discussing this yesterday. Not all fruit ripens at the same time. Not all fruit ripens to the same maturity. You must gain a sensitivity, so that you know when to harvest and when wait. You cannot gain this sensitivity through haste. Time, sun, water, and care make fruit ripe. My ignorance does not. So, I am responsible to gain the sensitivity to know when to harvest. I know this may seem obvious, but I'm applying it to other areas of my life.

We are having guests over for dinner. I am attempting to make a pie from the Rainier cherries. Unfortunately, they aren’t very juicy, so I’m not sure how it will turn out. I already had to add some almond flavoring and red food dye. If you have any Rainier recipes, please pass them on! We still have at least 10 more cups of cherries to pick.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dear Iron,

Today we will say our tearful good-byes
as you get ready to return to Cambodia.

I am so grateful that God ordained for you
to be in Portland during this past year.
You prayed with me. You cried with me.
And you loved me enough to admonish me.
Hence, you have been like "iron" to me.

I have come to the realization that perhaps
one of the many reasons you were here
- at this very time -
was because of the school closing.
You were able to give me (and countless others)
a different perspective.
You challenged me "toward love and good deeds."

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV)

Sheri (a co-iron in Christ!)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Pretty In Pink

Isn't she a beauty? I received this splendid mode of transportation as a birthday/Mother's Day gift from my husband and son.

Pink bike, with a basket, a bell and tassels coming out of the handle bars...VOILA!

We have been having family bike rides over to the shopping center. It's quite a conversation starter. Lately when Anthony takes his easy runs of 7-8 miles, I take Bella and ride alongside. We live in a hilly area so all 21 gears are in use.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Raindrops on Roses

Even in the pouring down rain,
the 100th Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade
was magnificient. Saturday, June 9th

We love going to the Waterfront Festival as a family.
It won't be much longer that Christopher will want
to take a ride on "The Swinger" with Mommy.

Christopher flips for the Rose Festival!
He calls it "a place of adventure and discovery filled
with rides and fun and many things to eat!"

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The Knitty Gritty

Yes, I do record "The Knitty Gritty" on our DVR whenever it airs on HGTV.

So, here is a peak at my first major KNIT project completed this year. A sweater for Anthony. I made sure he liked the pattern and fiber before I set sail. The yarn is self-striping. Christopher is already asking for one just like it. I'm thinking maybe a vest for him of the same yarn. Wouldn't that make a cute father-son photo?

My sister and her daughter came out for my birthday/Easter weekend. We had a wonderful time together. See fun picture with Nana.

My sister admired the vest I had made in the photo above. Well, then I just had to make her one! So, we went to NW Wools in Multnomah and picked out yarn to do the thing!

So, here is a sneak peak! I'm trying to get this done for her birthday in July. Wish me luck!

Reaping Where I Did Not Sow...

Today, I was picking cherries in the backyard. I had to hurry because the birds - especially crows - were getting their fill. As I was picking the cherries off the tree, I thought about how I was reaping where I did not sow.

It brought to mind John 4:36-38 (NIV) "Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."

Well, here's a picture of one of our cherry trees. I want to point out the bush underneath. I noticed the other morning that the lawn sprinkler was shooting right into the bush. When the bush had been planted, it was small enough that the sprinkler was able to shoot over top of it and hit parts of the lawn and garden. I realized that I needed to prune the bush so that another area could receive the benefit of the water.

Is that true for us, too? Do our lives sometimes need to be pruned, so that other people benefit?

Monday, June 4, 2007

What is a "Leaking Window"?

On a recent tour of the Portland Classical Chinese Gardens, Christopher and I had the opportunity to learn about "leak windows."
"Lan Su Yuan Leak Windows - each with a unique design depicting nature or a geometric pattern - invite a “borrowed view,” sharing a glimpse of the verdant beauty that lies beyond." http://www.portlandchinesegarden.org/

Christopher and I had been discussing what we should call our blog. He had suggested "cheeseywheesey." After visiting the garden together, I suggested "The Leaking Window" and he happily agreed.

It's hard to believe that this beautiful garden is situated right within the city.

Stones in the pathway are designed to help you relax when they hit the pressure points of your feet. One of Christopher's classmates called them "Feet Tranquilizers." Well, we had just been in the Courtyard of Tranquility!

Xièxīe, Miss Rachel!

The Lingering Garden

I'm not sure what has come over me lately. I am not a gardener at all. However, our backyard has been quite the sanctuary for me this spring. Last year due to illness it went neglected entirely. Now, it causes me to linger. To want to be outside. It is as if the Lord wants me to be gardening.

Psalm 126:6

He who goes out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him.

What a promise! There's been a bit of weeping with the school year closing out (new school next year)...but what a promise...there will be a harvest!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

The Reds Win the Pennant!

Swing Batter, Batter!

It's a hit!

Okay, well, the Reds didn't really win a pennant today,
but they did get their super cool trophies.