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04.27.16

Imagine a huge field of never ending rows of brightly colored tulips – like rows and rows of a crayon box. Then, multiply that by 100. That gets you kinda close to how many beautiful tulips we got to see perfectly placed in a field bordered by Mt. Hood on the left and a cute dutch wooden windmill to the right. Talk about picturesque!

Brady and I drove about 30 min South of where we live and are always amazed at the beautiful farms and the amazing views of Mt. Hood. I literally pulled over twice to take pictures BEFORE we arrived at the tulip farm. I’m THAT girl. No shame.

We visited The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival/ farm in the late afternoon INTENSE sun without a cloud in the sky… so, not my typical desired light scenario, but it was beautiful and fun nonetheless. It’s funny to see Brady reach the age where he can verbalize, “Mommmm stop taking my picture…ugh…”  For the most part he was a great sport and good subject.  So grateful we get to frolic around beautiful places like this so close to where we live! Here are some of my favorites from our tulip farm adventure.

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04.21.16

We were blessed to spend Easter lunch with our sweet (used-to-be-as-of-January) land lords and their lovely family.  When you put all our kiddos together it’s easy to confuse them as siblings! I truly believe the Lord was sovereign in bringing us together. They’ve been a blessing in many ways and living in their home has been a blessing, too. The ownership changed a couple months ago and now we’re under a property management company, which is not preferred, but it could be way worse.

Anyway, back to Easter. The grandparents put on an outdoor egg hunt and gifted Brady an Easter basket with goodies in it!  Alyssa did an amazing job creating a beautiful tablescape and adorable place settings. Through a group effort we enjoyed mimosas, smoked pork tenderloins, corn muffins with homemade Oregon berry jam, a beautiful salad and littler personal “dirt cake” for dessert (which the kids and I LOVED).  I was super impressed, not only because it was so delicious and lovely, but they recently moved into their home AND are currently renovating it while living in it. They were so brave to host Easter lunch with all us hooligans.   We’re so grateful for the way God has revealed His love for us since moving to Oregon.  Thanks Westermann’s for having us over to share in celebrating our risen Lord together!

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04.19.16

This is our first year living in a climate that experiences FOUR seasons. It’s amazing. Thankfully it doesn’t snow here (often) in Portland (okay, except lightly this year).  Winter here is mostly cold and wet/rainy. Otherwise it’s SO WORTH it, because the other season are unbelievable. There’s many “layers” of Spring here in Portland. I’m that driver that’s gawking at the (new to me) blooming tree or plant and either pulling over to gawk at it some more and snap some photos or making a mental or audio note on my phone so I can remember to plant it in my future yard (when we own our own home again one day).

Now it makes sense why this area of Oregon is so lush and green and full of life (plants and wildlife) hence all the winter rain. Anyway, this past summer when we moved into our current rental house we couldn’t figure out what kind of [weird] tree was in the front yard. It shed these odd looking things that looked like they fell off a tropical plant, kinda like pine cones, but not and way smaller. We kept awaiting blooms but nada. THEN…. late February all through march is EXPLODED in pink magnolia blooms. Mind you, the magnolia trees I grew up with had big white blooms that smelled lemony, weren’t nearly as abundant in blooms per tree and lasted a lot longer. I’ve never seen this kind of magnolia tree.  It was the most beautiful tree on the whole street (and it’s a long street). You could see it coming from a mile away. Amazing.  It’s too bad that these amazing blooming trees don’t last the entire season or longer. I guess that’s what makes them so special.

What a gift to experience this right out our front door and every time we pulled into the driveway! Here are some photos I snapped of Brady playing under the tree one morning (no he doesn’t always don suspenders, but what better an occasion than this to wear them?!) Also, BONUS –> the “Mail mail guy [lady]” delivered mail as we were standing out front. It was the highlight of Brady’s day. He announces every time he spots a “mail mail guy” around the city.

 

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