Anyway, we have been in touch with this couple we know in Oregon, who Tim discipled the husband (Greg) back when he was in our Singles Sunday School class that we led at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa. Long story short, we met Greg and his wife and daughter at a burger joint near Eugene on Tuesday evening, and then we hugged the wife and daughter and sent them on their way home, and followed Greg for a 2 hour drive to their cabin in the woods. He had a bunch of furniture that he brought on his trailer, so it was great we could help out getting it all in here, unpacked, and hauling several pieces up stairs to the 2nd floor. This place is AMAZING! It's got 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms! Yesterday, Greg took us to this lake near a snow capped mountain where he and the kids went swimming (brr!) and he brought his 2 kayaks where we all took turns on the lake. It was gorgeous!
After we got back, Greg got ready and then left to go back home, telling us to stay as long as we want. We've been going back and forth about going to Seattle or not. After checking on accommodations (actually, the lack thereof) and the cost of the space needle (which was the main reason we wanted to go) we all decided to skip Seattle, stay here through Saturday morning, and then go to a Christian campground we found near Mt. Rainier for Sat & Sun. Last night, after having dinner outside, we sat around the fireplace sipping tea, eating muffins warm from the oven (compliments of Nicole), reading and talking and listening to Nicholas serenade us intermittently on his guitar. There's no TV here (bummer - not!!). Love that part. I imagine that's what families did before TV's. It was so nice and peaceful! Today we are chilling (Tim and I both have to work for a few hours each), and tomorrow we are driving down to Crater Lake (the deepest lake in the US, according to my kids who studied it in their history book this year).
OK - time for pictures! These are from our time on the lake yesterday: