Monday, January 24, 2011


Yes, I have an Iphone 4 that takes fabulous pictures always attatched to some part of my body. Yes, I know I was on vacation and should have taken lots of pictures. I'M SORRY! Let me see what I can steal from various forms of media to make you feel like you were there :)

I left Monday morning for Oregon to visit the fabulous Brenda Finkle. If I start telling you what a God thing it is to be friends with her, to be spiritually connected to her, to have a true soul sister in her I'll never stop. So, just trust me that it was absolute Godly perfection to spend 3 days with her IRL. Talking, laughing, sharing.............Heaven. If I knew who to ask I'd see about having the geography changed. Oregon and Georgia.....entirely too far apart! Stunningly beautiful time in Oregon-truly. And I got to play with her sweet dogs. Mac-Hilarious.

Sonny-so sweet.

I would post here a horrible airport picture before I left, but it's my blog and I wouldn't do that to myself :) Read feeble attempt to not burst into tears when it was time to leave. For the record-FAIL! Cried all the way to Denver. I never cry. I just told someone yesterday, "You have to be careful with Jesus stuff-it'll mess you up!" Such a special time.

Totally comfortable home. Was tempted to send for the pups and move right in! :) Except-I think these few days aside it's generally VERY cold there and we know I don't do cold. Bummer.

Beautiful home. Comfy few days. Just what I needed. For sure.

And for the record, Brenda now holds the number 3 slot of people in the world I'll let make my coffee. I don't take friends who make good coffee for granted.....ever! :)

I'm tempted to write all about it, but I can't. My heart is still processing. God is still showing up with His plans and His purposes for our time together and those continue. I'm overwhelmed with the sweet ways God shows up when we need it the most. Thankful me.
Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times.


Anonymous said...

Greetings to you, in Oregon, from Oregon! Okay, didn't check the date of your blog but let's assume you're still here, enjoying the liquid sunshine with us.

I found you through a random Google search for coffee and Oregon. I own a specialty coffee roasting company here with my girlfriend. It's all Jesus, all coffee and mostly all girls! We've been on our own journey for a deeper, more intimate relationship with God these past months. Seems He's calling his people closer... closer. I'll be back to enjoy some notes on The Journey, Oregon and a great cup of coffee. Blessings!

Brenda said...

Anonymous-Love this! Yes it seems God is calling a lot of us closer to Himself. Prayers for you on your journey. And thanks for reading.

Melinda Lancaster said...

Reading this made me so happy for you. Jesus stuff will mess us a God way.
Can't wait to hear more about your travels.
Love that you got to spend 3 days IRL with Brenda. Sounds like a slice of heaven on earth.

Brenda Finkle said...

Brenda you are such a sweetie. I have to tell you that you know I felt the same way. As I was walking away at the airport it just didn't feel right. Got to the car and felt so very sad you were leaving. Tears welled up. I cry ALL the time (Hallmark channel ban) and NEVER cry at the airport. It's a rule when you are a military child and then wife. Special connection to a special, gifted lady. You, my friend, changed my life for the better!

So grateful for the gift of your visit and your company. Thank you and when are you coming again?

I'm also very grateful I get to make your coffee! Making coffee for a Starbucks groupie - have to say the pressure was enormous.

PS: I was hoarse for two days we did so much talking. ha ha Loved. every. minute.

God's blessings to you.

Brenda said...

Melinda-it was a really special time.

Bren-I'm definitely coming back! Is tomorrow too soon?? :)

Brenda Finkle said...

LOL! Absolutely not! Welcome to come out anytime. Fireplaces, heaters and blankets help with the cold. Spring/Summer here is incredibly beautiful. Going hiking this summer on Mt. Jefferson!! Can't wait!