As I sit here on Easter, with Libby, Kaylee and Matt I realize that Easter is not always about sitting in church and singing those old hymns of glory. Easter is about believing in the resurrection of Jesus and the life that His resurrection give us. Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we would have not hope. Death would be the end. But our Father loved us enough to send his only son to die on the cross for our sins and rise again for US. That is pretty humbling to me. I am reminded that while I am not worthy of his grace, he has given it freely to me and I am to extend that grace freely to others.
This past week has been extra special for me. I have had the opportunity to spend the week with both of my girls. To say we have had fun is an understatement. I am shocked at what we have crammed into this week, and it isn’t over yet. Tomorrow we go to SEA WORLD.
Today I had a bit of a breakdown. I realized that come September, things will never be the same. Kaylee will be a married woman. Her last name will be Hansen, not Streeter. Our family dynamic will change forever. I’m not saying that it will be bad, just different. We love Alex and he fits well in our family. He loves our daughter unconditionally and that is what is important. I’m not quite sure where Libby and Matt will end up. He graduates with his physics degree in two months and must go to where the jobs are. Libby (and her mom too) is hoping that he finds something right here in San Diego.
Reuben will be graduating from Oregon State University this year and we are hoping that he will end up back n Bend. There is a strong chance he will get a job at Mosaic Medical and I am so excited about that. Connor is growing up and making so many good decisions. His band is getting attention among the music scene in Bend and that is good too.
On this Easter day, I am content. Happy to be spending this special time with my daughters and also remembering what was done for me so many years ago. That Jesus died for my sins and rose again to give us hope in salvation.
Nothing in this world means more to me than these four amazing people.
As far back as I can remember, I dreamed of being a wife and mother, but not even my wildest dreams prepared me for what it would mean to be a mother to these four. They have brought me so much joy. The love I feel for these four is matched by nothing else. Being a mother is not always easy. I believe that it is safe to say that it is the hardest job I have ever had and yet the most rewarding.
The fears I have experienced as a mother are matched by no others.
The joys I have experienced as a mother are matched by no others.
The pride I have experienced as a mother is matched by no other.
The anger I have experienced as a mother is matched by no other.
The love I have experienced as a mother is matched by no other.
Many of my readers know that I have a hobby of decorating cakes. Today I had the honor of baking and decorating the cake for the birthday party for a super hero loving 9-year-old. I love how it turned out.
I am always so happy when spring arrives. To me is means the beginning of new life. The beginning of lots of sunshine. Just a new beginning. I so enjoy watching the flowers bloom, and the beautiful cherry blossoms that are almost out here in Bend. I love, love, love those. I love the lilacs (even though there aren’t very many here in Bend). I love driving by the fields and seeing baby calves grazing with their mommas. I love seeing the foals running in the wind. I love spring. Here in Bend this is the time of year when we also start seeing fawns. Last year I enjoyed watching twins grow up around our office building. First as tiny babies with spots following their mom everywhere. Then as their spots began to fade and we would see mom grazing in one area and the babies together somewhere else. Now they are “on their own” and we still see them with the other young deer who hang around our office buildings. It has been so much fun watching them grow up. I am eagerly anticipating seeing more babies around here soon. Yes, to me spring signifies new life.
Living in Bend for the past 15 years, I have learned that Spring can also be a very difficult and frustrating time. Living on the high desert means that we can literally have snow on the 4th of July. It means that at nights, we get down and below freezing a LOT this time of the year. Anyone who has lived here for any length of times knows that you do NOT under any circumstances plant a garden or flowers before Memorial Day unless you are doing so in a green house. It just isn’t worth it! This is the time of year that I miss living in Walla Walla. When we still have brown lawns and tiny leaves peaking through on our rose bushes, my friends in Walla Walla are mowing their lawns and have big beautiful blossoms on their roses. Yep, spring in Central Oregon is difficult. It can be cold, windy and downright miserable………but then that day comes when BOOM the weather turns, flowers are blooming and I am reminded of the beauty of the place I call home.
To say the last couple of weeks has been a roller coaster is putting it mildly. I shared almost two weeks ago that Dave was losing his job at ATT. He was, as they say in ATT land “surplussed”. He was given his 60 days notice and the beginning of May he would be out of a job. To say that this news was difficult is putting it mildly. We have a daughter getting married. We have a son graduating from college. We have enjoyed the lifestyle that Dave’s job and mine have given us. After spending years raising our family, we have finally been able to travel and do some things that we haven’t been able to do in the past.
We had been through this in the past. Several years ago when ATT purchased Edge Wireless where Dave previously worked he was “surplussed”…..same thing. Last time we literally were days away from Dave losing his job when his surplus was rescinded and his job was saved.
This time, Dave just felt different. He has told me several times in the last two weeks that he felt that his “time with ATT was over”. Just yesterday morning he told me the same thing. What happened next was an answer to prayer and literally shocked Dave and I.
I was at work and a flower delivery came to the office. To my surprise the flowers were for me. They were from Dave with a note that said “I have a big surprise for you”. I figured that he got an interview for one of the jobs he had applied for within ATT or even an interview for an analyst position at Mosaic Medical (where I work) that he had applied for. I didn’t even call him…..just sent an e-mail that said “what’s the good news”. His e-mail back simply said “call me”. So I called…..I’m still in shock over what he said when he answered the phone.
Earlier yesterday morning Dave got a call from his former boss at ATT. The rest is a blur for Dave…….this is what he does remember. Kurt told Dave that he is a valuable ATT employee and that he and his boss (one of the big mucky mucks with ATT) were putting together a new team of folks in the Western Region and that they want Dave on their team……..Uh WHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAATTTTTTTT? Kurt then went on to tell Dave to check his e-mail because there was a written job offer sitting in his inbox. Again….WHHHHHHHHAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT??????? Dave didn’t waste any time signing that sucker and sending it back. Dave’s new title is Technical Consultant for the Western Region. His pay will remain what it was. He retains all of his vacation time. He keeps all of his same benefits. He will continue to work from home which me and my cat are happy about. Me because I have the best of two worlds…….he brings in a very nice full time income and yet washes my clothes, cooks dinner, cleans house…….yea pretty cool. My cat because she kinds of likes having “daddy” home to hang out with during the day. Best of all, he starts his new job on April 1. God is so good. He continues to take care of our needs over and over again. When Dave told me I was sitting in my “cube” at work and just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Dave didn’t even apply for this job. He didn’t even know this position was going to be available. How cool is that? How cool is our God? Dave and I both feel like different people today. We both feel like this big, dark rain cloud has been over us and today it is replaced with the bright sunshine. We are both in good moods. We are both just so excited about what God has done in our lives. Wow……….what a difference a day makes!
You know my word for the year? Believe? You better believe I BELIEVE!!!!!!!!
First I would like to say thank you to everyone who reached out to me in support after my last blog post which I have since taken down. The more I thought about it, the more vulnerable I felt and just didn’t feel comfortable with so much private information out there. Just to let you all know, things are going better and I know it because of all your prayers. Next, I thought I’d share a few more pictures. These were all taken in various places around Central Oregon last fall. The picture below was taken at a little RV park near Eugene last August.
The next one was taken up on the backside of Mt. Bachelor in October.
Finally, this last picture was taken on an early morning off “Tombstone Pass” on the way to Corvallis.
…..for spacious skies for amber waves of grain.
All of these pictures were taken just outside of Walla Walla, Washington last June, as the wheat was getting close to harvest.
I have lived in the Northwest my entire life and I am so thankful that I live in such a beautiful part of the country. What is really cool is you can drive just a couple of hours and the scenery can change drastically. Southeast Washington is a perfect example of this. Walla Walla is like an oasis in the desert. If you drive less than an hour west, you will find yourself in the desert. If you drive an hour east, you will be in the mountains.
My favorite time of year in the Walla Walla valley (where I grew up for those of you reading who didn’t know) is the spring/early summer. There are so many colors. Different shades of green. The gold of the wheat that is getting close to harvest. The “mountains” you see in the shot above area called the Blue Mountains and depending on the time of year and the time of day, many times they have a blue tint to them. This time of year, the flowers are in bloom and it is just beautiful. In June there is also a hint of the smell of onions in the air as this is the time of year that the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onions are harvested.
The picture below features “Bambi”…..
Country roads take me home to the place I belong……..