During our trip throughout the West-Coast, we had the blessing of combining a week-long conference with a vacation celebrating Priscilla’s Birthday and topped the whole trip off with a wedding of some friends. This two week escapade was packed full of fun and family time.
Not everyone has the privilege of traveling like we do, but with it can come some challenges such as long lines at airports with tons of luggage and tired children and fellow travelers.
We both enjoyed addressing a breakout session of young people encouraging them to guard their heart and wait for God’s best
Paul is just getting to the age where he really enjoys playing at the park.
David’s salsa or Priscilla’s salsa. Which version of spicy do you prefer? 🙂 It really isn’t quite that bad, but for some reason, Priscilla can really heap on the hot sauce when she is pregnant and enjoy every bit. David has a harder time and cannot share her food because it is simply too hot.
After we cleaned Paul up a little bit, we went over to a sweet Russian family for some “evening tea.” In reality, it consisted of tons of fresh vegetables from their garden, fresh baked bread, cheese, and lots of other things. It was by no means simple tea, but it was nice.
Then Paul thought he was so hot, so he took a dip. He really loves the water!
Of course, we just came from church and didn’t take time to change so David got to balance on rocks while Paul enjoyed the water.
Paul did his best to make friends and found it so much easier using carrots.
We enjoyed a second celebration of Priscilla’s birthday along with one of their daughters. It totally took Priscilla by surprise.
Vacation Alone As A Family:
We enjoyed three days in Cottage Grove, Oregon which is near Eugene. One of our favorite parts was all the windy mountain roads that led to hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls.
We found the number of huge trees to be fascinating. I am not sure, but I do not think any of the ones in the places we hiked were even the famed redwood trees. They were just huge trees.
We went to several different falls and with each one, we had to hike in to see them.
It was always fun to come around that last bend in the trail and take in the awesome sight.
These pictures simply do not do it justice!
On our date night, we enjoyed a beautiful dinner that came as a part of our room package deal that we found on Travel Zoo.
On our way out of town, we saw a beautiful lake and were able to rent a canoe for a few hours.
On our last night of being alone, we went to the coast. I don’t think either of us were picturing anything but a different version of a Florida coast. We were quite surprised to feel the cool climate and frigid water.
The next day, we headed to the wedding of a friend. On the way we stopped to pick up some fresh fruit. Priscilla, in usual nature, gave the young lady a Gospel tract which started a conversation about God, the Bible and salvation by faith in Christ. We had the privilege of witnessing her pray to give her life to the Lord.
We stopped in their photo booth for a quick shot!
What fun would a wedding be unless you got to help with decorating the car?
Paul never seems to hesitate to go for the mud, even if he is in a suit.
Friends in Portland: