Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Farm

I spent a few days at my great aunt and uncle's farm in eastern Oregon.  I had a great time watching a second cousin go fishing, riding a horse, talking about farm things, speaking at their church, making a visit to Washington, and visiting with an incredibly loving and encouraging family.

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The Falls


  I left my uncle's in Gaston, Oregon and headed east.  I stopped at Multnomah Falls.  I was looking up at the beautiful falls, and decided to climb to the top.  I was there very early so I sat up at the top reading until started showing up.  I climbed back down and continued on my journey.  While I was sitting at the top, I read Ephesians 4.  This is about the unity in the body of Christ.  "I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received."  What a challenge!



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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Garden


I spent a few days at my uncle's place near Portland.  He's out in the boonies.  I didn't have Internet or phone reception for a few days.  It was wonderful practice for the village.  I did stress a bit about the unseen incoming emails which may have been about speaking engagements and things, but I was grateful for a "vacation."  His camper is parked on his girlfriend's property, and he's transformed the place into a spectacular garden.  This incredible uncle of mine is a Vietnam Vet and has been battling skin cancer for over 20 years.  He does genealogy and landscaping in his spare time to keep active.  I learned a great deal these past few days.  He's got the family line all the way back to 1140!!  Our family is NOT related to Robert E. Lee after all.  Oh, and I've got some French.  Would've thunk?

I had a wonderful time going to the Oregon coast, seeing Tilamook Cheese factory, and hanging with family.

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