A big hello to all our Femina friends!
I would describe the past month around here as overflowing with activities. Though you might have thought we had checked out completely, that would not be the case. Blogging is a get-to, not a have-to, and we haven’t “gotten to” in a while. Not that we haven’t had some smashing ideas, but they usually occur to us while we are in the midst of demanding activities, like keeping these boats of ours afloat. And whenever we get a free minute, those smashing ideas evaporate into thin air. Some call it writers’ block; I call it a blog jam.
Tonight we are all getting back from a week-long vacation. We’ve flipped over the page on the calendar, and we are now looking at the long lovely months of June, July and August. Ahh. Summer.
Doug and I started off a week ago by heading to Lynnwood, Washington for a family conference, which felt a little like a family reunion. It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends and be encouraged by what God is doing over on the Eastside.
Then we did something we have wanted to do for about thirty-seven years….we took the ferry to Victoria, B.C. and spent a couple of days exploring that beautiful city and taking in all the top-of-the-tourists’-list activities like tea at the Empress and the knock-out gardens of Butchart. Doug said those gardens were worth the whole trip. But we also found a perfect little used bookstore and unearthed some treasures. (Book shopping is much easier when you drive your car…lots of room for books and no weight restrictions.)
Then we headed south to meet up with all the rest of the clan on the Oregon beaches, which was having unheard-of-for-the-end-of-May sunny weather. I just finished shaking the sand out of our shoes and setting them outside to dry off. Heather got some good surfing time in, the grandkids need no help figuring out what to do with a beach, and we spent some great bonfire-on-the-beach time last night, drinking cocoa and listening to the crashing waves.
So now it is officially summer. Bekah and I have finished the school year: Hoorah! (We teach high-school literature classes, and we’re just as excited as the kids to end the year!) Heather, Bekah, and Lizzy will be adjusting to their kids being footloose. And it feels very smart of us all to have already had our vacation! That is a real accomplishment!
Rachel is due with her baby boy in August, and, hot news, she is also writing her next book. I expect she’ll birth that manuscript before she births this new son (Lord willing, that is the plan).
My downstairs bedrooms are booked for a couple weeks with grandkids visiting. Merkle kids will be here while Ben and Bekah go to Oxford in July so Ben can wrap up his dissertation. My Wilson grandkids will be here while their folks do a trip to NYC.
My yard is looking very much like a jungle in need of a haircut. Doug laid down the fertilizer before we left, and it did its work while we were gone. After visiting the Butchart Gardens (see that gorgeous picture above), I’m feeling very inspired indeed. But they have fifty or so full-time gardeners, so I must pace myself.
So onward! And happy June to you all!