Monday, August 12, 2013


I'm currently out of town and in the middle of nowhere. It's amazing. It's beautiful. It's serene. And incredibly peaceful. I'll blog more about it when I get home :)

Yesterday the kids and I attended church at Applegate Christian Felllowship (I've wanted to attend a service there for years, but it's a LONG drive from my house) and since we were in the area (still a drive) we went. To say it was amazing is an understatement. I've been thirsty for a church that truly moves me spiritually as well as emotionally and where what I hear on Sunday sticks to me like super glue and stays with me the entire week. It was just that. And more. Powerful. The message so simple, yet it awakened my soul and opened my heart a little wider. It gave me peace. I needed some peace. I guess I could go on and on about it, I'm that excited! I'm trying to come up with ways I can make it there every Sunday. :) After the service was a big church BBQ. We stayed for that, because honestly, I wanted to stick around and soak up as much energy as I could and surround myself with some of the happiest, sweetest people.
We took yesterday slowly. I wanted to enjoy every moment. Every little detail. Yesterday was a day for me to focus on slowing down & finding a calmer pace.
This is just part of the congregation at Applegate. 

After a "quick" drive back to our cottage to change, we headed into Ashland for the afternoon. I knew I wanted to go to Lithia Park and take a photo with the kids. Last time we took them there they were just babies!! We slowly meandered into the park and I found a spot to take a photo with my self timer when a cute couple saw me trying to balance the phone and offered to take it for me. Thank you cute couple! 
It still amazes me how short I am next to these wonderful kiddos!

I let the little ones decide what to do next and they chose the play structure. After awhile they wanted to look through more stores and get something to drink. So we were strolling through the park as I was holding hands with Makayla and Carson and thinking how much I love that they still will hold my hand in public and how I wanted to capture it. I asked Malia to go ahead of us and take a couple photos of me walking with them. I have a funny expression, but that's probably how I always look anyway!! HA! But I LOVE Mak & Car's little faces...the cutest!
We spent the rest of the time leisurely walking & wandering, talking & exploring, holding hands and being silly through downtown Ashland until we decided to head back but not before stopping for cold refreshers at Starbucks. We played Slug Blug on our way back to the cottage.... I call it that because that's what gets blurted out in the mist of the game! And it's pretty funny :)

Back at the cottage I prepped dinner and Mak & Car and I decided to check out the teepee that's on the property where we are staying.
And then we checked out this tree with a bench next to it...
Makayla is sitting on the bench and I am pretty sure she is praying :) Probably one of the most sweetest things I have seen as a mother. 

We spent the rest of the evening just being together. And as I laid in bed last night reflecting on the day I realized how I wouldn't want things any other way. I don't want more things or more money or more of this or that. Just more days like the one we just had. I also realized how never once since we left for our little getaway (4 days prior) had I felt the need or desire for alone time. Something I've been struggling with at home a lot lately considering I'm with my kids all the time. I'm not really sure what that means, but...

Yesterday, I'll take you any day. Thank you for a perfectly wonderful day! 

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful post and what amazing memories you seem to always be creating with your family Jessica! I feel blessed to have met you and although we are not close I think the world of you! I am always amazed at how genuine you are and how no matter what others do you stay true to who you are! Hugs from Conroe, TX