Sunday, June 27, 2010

Project 365 - The Random Approach -End of June

Jake With His Rain Maker
(Cub Scout Camp Project)
Jake got to spend 5 days at Scout Camp this month!

Peace on Wallowa Lake
A short visit. But it was, peaceful.

So.. Summer has finally arrived! Our last storms (in the forecast) left us on Friday. The Full Moon was last night - and I got to see it again when I woke. I love seeing the summer moon in the morning. It sits right over the Blues (our mountains).

This week I went on a 'quick' retreat with my work mates to Wallowa Lake - we rented a gorgeous cabin (2.5 hours from home - need to take the family)! But let me tell you. We were in a meeting from the moment we arrived to the moment we left - and every spare moment (during meals) in between - 2 days worth. The setting and the ability to 'get away' from outside distractions was the best. So needed. But, I was tired when I left, and I was tired when I got home. Our power was out when I got home - Thunderstorms - for a couple hours. So. I dozed before dinner. Long days do that to me. Wednesday night I was up until 11pm (after waking at 4am!). So not my daily schedule! And then Dick and the kids have been staying up until 10 or 10:30 each night as well.

Yes. It is Summer. We really do try to get in every minute we can!

Yesterday when Jake and I got home from the La Grande market, both kennel dogs had escaped and had chased one of Sami's bummer lambs (and chewed on her) quite extensively. Not good.

I'll spare you the details. It's so heartbreaking when things like this happen. When 'natural' things occur against our will. It's hard to accept. Jake cried when he found her. I picked her up and ran with her - away from the place I found her - and to a shady spot to rest. And I cried to God. For help. For understanding. I don't blame God for any of life's trials. Sometimes life is so hard.

Sami and Dick did not get back from their Portland market until 8pm - so we had to break the news about Tulip, the lamb that was still alive when we woke, but, hardly. Another heart broke.

Today is Sunday. And it was a beautiful day. I started out raking grass for 2 hours, and then had hoped to mow the lawn - try as I might that darn mower would not start! HA! So.. there you have it.

Here's hoping next week goes a little smoother.

Have a great evening. And check out that moon!


Lin said...

Mixed post today - sadness and joy. Thanks, Andi.

Suzanne C said...

So sorry about the lamb. Very difficult to deal with especially for the kids. Sounds like you are having a busy week again!

Kelly Booth said...

So sad when animals are hurt and suffering....Looks like it was a fun and tough week!! Hope this next one is better for you!! Hugs!

Elise said...

I'm SO sorry about that, sweetie. Your poor guy. It's definitely a test of our spirit to put these kind of things in perspective. I really get it!

Glad you got some time away, even if you were still a bit tired.... It can just lift the soul to be AWAY! {And as I write this, know that I'm usually SO traumatized to leave home, even for half the day! hee hee But once you get me OUT, I'm usually okay!}

We're dealing with a WELL that's not responding.... cough, cough. Praying that it's something electrical and easily fixed, but I'm ready for a long HOT shower that doesn't come out of a leftover orange juice container!

I really do tire of these "little tests" of our spirit! But WE'LL FIGURE IT ALL OUT! Right!?!?!? hee hee {AAAAaaaack!}

Sharing the ups and downs REALLY helps, though! You're a PEACH!

glitzen said...

Ohhh, how tragic. How heartbreaking! I'm so sorry. I am a "Fern" as my husband calls me, when it comes to animals.
Your pictures are great! The retreat sounded nice, albeit tiring. Be good to yourself!

Laura O'Donnell said...

hi Andi!

saw your note on the CHF blog about the gc. did Liz email it to you? she would have used the email address on file. I'll give her a nudge if sha hasn't.

Tami B. said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Tulip. Poor little lamb and so tough for all of you. Here's to happier days. I'm getting ready to head out for a similar work retreat planning training time. I can hardly wait, but I know I'll be happy to get home to rest when it's over, too.

Lydia said...

Great looking blog, and that lake looks so nice! Makes you want to just jump right in!

Diana said...

WOW, I want to be at that lake Andi! Miss you and Happy 4th!

Karen said...

How sad about the lamb...

Love that pic of the does, indeed look peaceful! And I really like Jake's t-shirt...both my kids would get a giggle out of that! Hope you are able to rest and relax a bit this 4th of July weekend!! I'm getting my blog groove on again and am so happy to be back! :>