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Breathe.

Sometimes you need a little fire under your britches to get you moving. My husband and I haven’t been away overnight together since our oldest was born—fourteen years ago! The fire that got us away from home was an invitation to a destination wedding in California.

I was both excited and nervous at the thought of being away, and it was hard for me to ask for help. At one point I panicked and wrote to a friend: “It’s kind of crazy to be leaving 6 kids with a girl who doesn’t have any children. What kind of friend am I?!” The email I got in reply was: “Take a deep breath. The trip will be fine. Really. Your friend will survive and you’ll have a wonderful time.”

It was wonderful.

The wedding was beautiful, and the ceremony and vows were touching. For me, the most memorable part was giving the blessing. The wedding party circled the bride and groom and everyone said one line of the blessing. We witnessed their commitment, but also promised support on the journey. Beautiful.

I’m so thankful for how everything worked out. Even though we haven’t travelled in decades, the flights, hotels, tours, rental car and wedding all fell into place. But I’m even more thankful to the beautiful people who watched our children and drove them around as well as the friends and family we reconnected with at the wedding.

I’m also deeply grateful for my children.

Yes, I cried as we drove away from the house—and my children. And I was overwhelmed with emotion as I talked to my two year old on the phone a couple of days later. I was the proud mama that probably drove everyone nuts with stories of my kids.

Can you imagine my joy when we discovered little love notes from the children hidden in our luggage? There were heart shaped cards tucked in our Bibles, or a note would pop out when I reached into my purse or unzipped my suitcase. I was touched that they planned this out to show us love throughout the trip. We even found a well-hidden note today—almost two weeks after getting home!

What I will remember most from this trip was the love that we received.

Have a wonderful week!

Love,

Rachel

 

P.S. ~ I’m excited to share a guest post with you by my dear friend Miriam—the girl who survived watching my children for four days! Look for her post on Thursday.

The bride and groom

The bride and groom

 

The wedding reception

The wedding reception

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In Sonoma

Kevin at Muir Woods

Kevin at Muir Woods

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco

San Francisco

On our way to Alcatraz

On our way to Alcatraz

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Some of the notes and cards we found

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Majestic

Taken by Melanie

Photo by Melanie

Mountains! The second part of our vacation was a stop at Fernie, B.C. for a long overdue visit with one of Kevin’s sons and daughter-in-law. Fernie is completely surrounded by mountains and is one of the most beautiful places that I have been to.

Taken by Owen

Photo by Owen

We hiked around a stunning little lake with glacier blue water and stood transfixed at the top of a waterfall. Driving back along the Icefields Highway, I discovered that I have a rapt love for
the mountains. For some it is the ocean, or rivers, or Scotland, but for me, it’s mountains. They
are great and rugged, unpredictable and majestic.

Our admiration of the wonders of creation should draw us back to the Creator. We serve an awesome God!

“Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgements are a great deep; O lord, You preserve man and beast.” ~ Psalm 36:6

Fernie, B.C.

Fernie, B.C.

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No Trouble

It’s hard to believe that several months have passed since I last posted here. What an incredibly busy season! In this time we went on a vacation, started school, and I illustrated a children’s book (more on that in another post.)  I just have to go back a bit and tell you about our vacation. Our first stop was in Alberta to see friends.

William and Micah

William and Micah

A year and a half ago, these dear friends informed us that they were moving back to Alberta. I cried…my little boy William and their son Micah are only 2 weeks apart in age and great friends…Micah had stayed with us when their second son was born…our families had had the best water balloon fight ever…Christine and I talked, laughed and prayed together. But were we lifelong friends? Would our friendship survive the move?

Time and distance has proved our friendship and has shown me that this family truly is among our life long friendships. You know–the ones where it doesn’t matter how much time passes since you last talked, you can pick up the phone and start back up again where you left off. They’re those friends who are faithful to not only encourage you, but also to challenge you.

But…I wasn’t about to test this friendship to the max by invading their cozy little two bedroom home with our family of 8! We told them that we would stay in a hotel room and visit during the day. Later, we got a reply saying that they could borrow a tent trailer and we could stay in the yard. “It’s no trouble at all,” said the message. The next day we got another message insisting that it was no trouble. It sounded like fun, so we took them up on the offer.
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The visit was full to overflowing with fun, laughter, fellowship, and good food. We were perfectly comfortable staying in the tent trailer, and it felt like an adventure sleeping outside in the middle of a big city.

My husband and I are opposites in so many ways (God’s perfect plan!) I might notice if someone wore a florescent pink shirt, but Kevin sees everything. After examining the fence, Kevin confronted Aaron. “Did you chainsaw down the fence to get this tent trailer in here?” Caught, Aaron raised his eyebrows, tried to conceal a smile, and nodded. We had a good hearty laugh over chris and me cropped
what the neighbours thought of Aaron revving up his chainsaw on his little city lot and hacking through the fence.

No trouble, huh? Kevin kept sleuthing and we soon learned that they drove several hours to borrow the tent trailer. “It was wonderful!” They insisted.

I’m glad that we stayed in that trailer. I’m thankful that we have friends that are willing to joyfully mutilate their property for our benefit. It’s the love and time invested in family and friends that truly make us rich.

More on the trip in another post. 🙂

Aaron, Christine, Micah, Nathan and Elijah

Aaron, Christine, Micah, Nathan and Elijah

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