Not Saying Goodbye

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To our dear friends, family and those following us on our life adventure.

Today was a very sad day as we had to let Morgan, our Golden Retriever, go. 

Our precious Morgan was 17 years and 25 days. She was our best friend, hiking buddy and our joy. 

Here are a few of our favorite photos. 

She was born November 13, 2000. She was one of a bunch of puppies and we picked her. Her tail was painted yellow and 9 weeks later we picked her up.

We knew these dogs were destined to be ours. They were born on Dale and Dorana’s moms birthday. Their moms middle name is Golden! How could we not know these girls were ours!!!! 


Dale’s sister, Dorana, was with us when we went to get Morgan. She saw Morgan’s sister and it was love at first sight. 


Morgan is in the black leash, Amika in the red. This is such a fun story to tell and if you have time I hope you read it. You will laugh along with us. 

We were going on a trip with our singles group and staying in a house at Sun River. On the way there we remembered NO DOGS ALLOWED. Well, we had to sneak the girls in the room and keep them there all weekend. Some one had to stay with them so all 3 of us were never seen together which made everyone wonder. We had to sneak the girls out through the window, daytime and night time, to do their business. When they would play and growl and bark at each other we had to make noises to cover up their noises. No one ever knew they were in that house even when a dog toy ended up under the wiper of our car. Oh, we have laughed and laughed over this for 17 years. And will continue to in years to come. 

This is the girls first hike at 9 weeks old at Smith Rock State Park. Sadly, we lost Amika a few years ago.


Morgan loved her sticks and balls!


She’s Miss Anal about her balls and toys.


She was our hiking buddy and loved being on the trails. As she got older (about 15) and couldn’t do much walking, she still wanted to be on a wooded trail.
She loved the ocean!


And the snow!


Annie and Morgan were buddies. Sadly, we lost Annie the first of 2017.


She was always smiling! That is what I will remember about her. The love and joy she brought to our lives. Incredible and could never be replaced. Until we meet in heaven. Always in my heart. 




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On your trip to Port Townsend, we saw that there were many, many lavender farms in the area. Especially, up near Squeim. We visited a farm and their gift shop had almost anything you wanted with lavender in it! Soaps, lotions, foods, jams. It was amazing.

Well, if you are in Washington you just have to go to Pike Place Market. We drove to Bainbridge Island (about 36 miles from Chimacum). We drove onto the ferry and crossed Hood Canal to Pier 52. We stopped and ate lunch at Ivar’s. Yum! We were able to sit on the water side of the restaurant and watch other ferries coming in.

Seattle skyline in the distance. A beautiful day it was!

Then we walked I don’t know how many blocks – straight up – to Pike Place Market. What a blast this place is. Crowded of course, but so much fun.There are open fish markets, flowers everywhere, and so much more. What caught my eye was the pasta booth. All kinds of pasta made out of all kinds of grains and even chocolate!

Remembering our visit to the lavender farm, we bought a half pound of Lavender Fettuccine for $5. Yes, expensive but what the heck! I also bought a huge bouquet of flowers for $5.

Last evening I decided it was time to give our Lavender pasta a try. I have to say that it really didn’t taste any different from other pasta but it made for some pretty pasta on the plate!

Yes, we are still using the good china! Neither one of us wants to spend much time washing dishes!

Life is good. God is Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider.