Saturday, August 01, 2009


We've been having a record heatwave in the Northwest and our little house has no air conditioning. When it got to the point that we could be sweating while in the cold shower we knew we couldn't take it anymore. So we called Geary's mom and asked if we could stay at their nicely air conditioned house for the rest of the week. She graciously agreed, so on Tuesday afternoon we packed up quickly and headed down to Albany.

I don't know how to describe the feelings I have for being in that house. It's become a refuge for me. I stayed there while suffering from kidney stones. While recovering from kidney stone surgery. We lived there for weeks while looking for our house in Newberg. It just feels like...home. It's not our place and not our stuff but somehow it's become part of us. Familiar and safe and we just know that we're welcome. The only thing that could have made staying there this week better would have been having the actual grandparents there, too.

The boys had a great time playing with different toys. Noah read through a whole stack of new books and Toby could usually be found on the rocking cow. We also went "swimming" every night in the big whirlpool tub. Toby actually relaxed about the water and even let me wash his hair without crying!

Geary commented one night, "This spontaneous evacuation vacation is our first trip this summer where we've actually rested!" Thank you Grandma and Grandpa Bob for letting us stay in your beautiful home and escape not only from triple digit temperatures but also from the everyday stuff of life. It was exactly what we all needed and we are once again blessed by your constant generosity. We love you!

1 comment:

  1. How wonderful. I am sooo glad that this house feel like "home" and you know you are welcome here. The house just knows that you are loved.


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