Well, we have been here in Beaverton, OR now since last Friday afternoon. Our time has gone by quickly, as it usually does, but it has been really good as well. :-) We came down for many reasons this trip, and we have been able to accomplish all that we had planned and wanted to do thus far, for the most part..... only a couple of exceptions!
We came this trip to see Grammy & Papa's new home, in which they have lived in for only one week prior to our arriving!!! It feels so right, and so much like home that we haven't missed their Pumpkin Ridge home at all this entire time! Their new home is in such a better location, and so much closer to everything we want and need to do.... it has been wonderful. And though this new home is smaller than the other, it feels cozy and comfortable, and we all fit in here just fine.... I do believe that we all have enjoyed it immensely!!! :-)
We also came down here to celebrate my grandfather's 93rd birthday!!! We were able to do that with family and friends, and it was a very special time. He is growing quite old, and slowing down rather quickly.... there is a good chance that we won't be celebrating his next birthday, so this was very special for us all. :-)
As part of celebrating Grandpa's 93rd birthday, we also happened to get to welcome the very first day of winter, and the shortest day of the year while we have been here! :-)
We got all of our Christmas shopping done, ate food at some really yummy restaurants, visited with family from both sides, and celebrated our family Christmases as well. We got to meet our nieces' boyfriends, were able to get some amazing workouts in at the local 24 Hour Fitness club that is very close to Grammy & Papa's new place. And today we will be meeting with my very close friend, Scott Taube, and his dad Gene, for a nice lunch at On The Border Mexican restaurant. I am very much looking forward to it!!! :-)
This afternoon we will drive to Hood River, OR, where we will enjoy the evening riding on the Polar Express train ride, which is set to be a very fun time for Evan and Sierra!!! We are excited to see them both light up with Christmas spirit and joy tonight. :-)
Tomorrow we depart here and return home once again, so we can get settled back in, and so we can enjoy our own intimate family Christmas at Little Bearfoot Farm!!!
God has been so very good to us this year, and has really blessed us on this trip to Oregon. We really only had one big negative, downer and uncomfortable moment during this whole week, and so we feel very blessed. It has been a lot of fun, fast-paced, and very productive.... I have really enjoyed myself this time down here, and that hasn't really happened in quite a while! :-)
So, off I go to start getting ready for another great day! May each and every one of you who reads my blog also be blessed with the joy of Christmas, today and throughout the rest of this week. May you be filled with the love of Jesus, and may you have good health, and happy families. :-)