14 visits to churches in the PNW & Canada
9 dinner-dates with friends
6 lunch-dates with friends
5 other visits with friends
11 miles hiked in state parks
4 visits to the library
5 Kilometers run in a race
48 Kilometers run around the neighborhood (that would be two more than I planned since I got lost one day...oops!)
1 visit to the Kroc Center
and 1 visit to the Ocean.
I think we pretty much squeezed every possible minute out of our stay here. It's been a busy time, but a beautiful time. We have been given so much grace! We are so thankful to our Oregon friends who so warmly welcomed us and who took such good care of us while we were there. We were also so grateful for fellow believers who moved their whole vacation so that we could have their house to stay in while we were in Salem. What generosity! Such a huge blessing! Here is a *few* photos from our time there.
A rare quiet evening with Daddy reading.
Playing the game "Pie Face" with friends.
We spent one beautiful day on the coast. There aren't very many other coast lines that compare in beauty to Oregon's. I may be biased though. Just a little.
We spent a few days at the library. Salem's library is particularly impressive, but all the more so to my international children who have never seen a library. When we walked in, they immediately asked, "How much does it cost to take a book?" When I told them it was free, their eyes got huge.
We left with 43 books that day. :-)
A few of the kids and I spent a day hiking at Silver Creek Falls. We thought the hike would be about 7 miles and it would have been except that we took a few detours to see a few more falls and the total ended up being about 9 miles. We kept this kid going by feeding him Nutter Butters. haha...whenever he started to complain, we just gave him another pack and he just munched his way along.
We visited a lot of friends. What a blessing to rekindle these friendships. This particular picture is taken at a friends dairy.
Another family had something like 25 puppies..."enough hound to go all around" as the Madeline story goes... More than enough for each kid to have one to hold. And dress up.
I also had the opportunity to run a 5K trail race in Oregon. One thing that I dearly miss while we are in Uganda is well organized races. This particular race was so much fun...okay, maybe not the first half that was mostly up hill, but the second have was a blast.
After the race, we went to the Lava Tubes near Mount Saint Helen.
And hiked around the area, including this crazy suspension bridge. I'm a wimp. I couldn't look down.
More hiking...can't you tell my kids love it when I stop to take pictures? haha!
We left Oregon with full hearts and many tears and looking forward all the more eagerly to heaven and no more goodbyes.