safely home from here. . .

what a brilliant Creator and loving Friend. I am so blessed to be a child of God, wife to my Steve, and mommy to my Graeme-bear. I knew Oregon was beautiful, but this week God showed us more of His amazing artistry through Oregon's high desert country. This week would not have been possible without the kindness of friends. Let me just say, we felt very, very loved. We would easily say that this vacation took the number one spot on our "taken vacations" list. We were able to completely fill the week with relaxation. We arrived home with no feeling of needing to take a vacation from our vacation, if you know what I mean. We spent the week in the middle of nowhere, basically. And, we loved it. Thank you, Jesus, for your sweet, sweet gifts, for answered prayer, and for rest for the weary.

we spent a lot of time loving on a certain little boy. . .

a certain little boy who absolutely did. not. let. his daddy out of his sight--for the entire week. And it made me so happy. Okay, so I'll be honest, I was a little sad that he held out those little arms more for daddy than for me this week, but Steve's smile made all of my jealousy disappear. Almost. ahem......

you would think that our Graeme-bear would be skinnier from all of the squeezes and hugs he receives.........

new fall and winter chucks for mister Graeme.........
( thank you, great grandpa and great grandma Branine! )

and now we are home, feeling a little like this cute little duck--wanting to keep our heads below the surface and not come back to the real life. But, it is good to be home.

I do love me my home sweet home.


  1. It looks and sounds like a wonderful time:)

    that first photo needs to be a painting....the color is amazing


  2. beautiful images... and good reminders of God's grace :)

  3. it looks absolutely delightful. So glad for such a sweet opportunity for you. my gman has the same chucks, except in brown plaid. love them! See, they're practically twins. :)

  4. Great pics, Sarah -- Oregon IS beautiful! I love the pic of Steve and Graeme -- glad you had such a restful time.

  5. Aw. So wonderful, I am actually feeling a little bit of the effect myself. :) Isn't it lovely to be in the middle of nowhere! When I have a particularly trying day, I always ask John if we can move to an old (but modernized) farmhouse in England's country side! :) Cutie pie Graeme is looking more like a little boy and less like a baby! :) :( :) :( Love the pop-up visit by the *sweater*, too. :)

    Welcome home.

  6. K--I wish our G-men could meet! ;-)

    E--we loved the middle of nowhere!;-) shhhhhhh, don't say that he looks less like a baby. I keep telling myself if I don't say it out loud, maybe it's not true;-) Ahahaha--you noticed THE sweater! ;-) Steve thought that it was hilarious that you noticed--good eye my friend, good eye;-)

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