Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we're made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your Church
We need Your power
We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You're our joy and prize
To see the captive hearts released
The hurt; the sick; the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for Heaven's cause
We are Your church
We pray revive
Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here
Unleash Your kingdom's power
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church
We are the hope
Today was Michelle (Da Roza's) baby shower; her family held a beautiful shower at her parents home today with a ton of food, some fun games and of course, plenty of dresses, onesies and baby SHOES galore! She's 37 weeks next week and is due on August 28th; can't wait to meet Kelly May Da Roza in person!
A month or two ago, I showed you a sample of the colours I was going to use for the quilt I had planned on making; after a short hiatus from crafts, I was able to finish the quilt last night. I thought it turned out pretty decently - considering it was my first quilt and I had no idea what I was doing. I had a yellow and grey theme and actually had picked up a different fabric for the back but wasn't completely happy with it. Last weekend, my mom and I stopped by Fabricana and I found the perfect backing for the quilt - grey chevrons in a flannel material! I also found this pin from Pinterest that had a monogram on a quilt and fell in love with it so I thought I would incorporate something similar. A shout-out goes out to the Missouri Star Quilt Company's Youtube tutorials, without which this quilt would never have been made!
Some pics of the baby shower, if you're interested!
Happy 2nd birthday to Christopher - sorry we can't be there to celebrate but I'm sure that there's lots to celebrate across the pond today too! :)
I spent all of Saturday with my little nephew, Ewan, and we had a blast! We were originally going to head to Splashdown Park but Vic had to go to work and a wedding so Ewan and I were on our own.
We ended up watching Monsters University (cute movie!) which, as it turns out, was Ewan's very first movie! :) Because he was so good to sit through the movie, I thought that it would be a good idea to run off some energy so we went to Bear Creek Park and ran through the water park area, played in the playground and had a go around with the train.
Ewan really wanted to go back and play with Chloe so we went back home, picked up Chloe and headed to the school so she and Ewan can run around. It was so cute watching them together, he really wanted her to play with him but Chloe was too distracted with all the grassy smells. After a half an hour, we headed back out to drop Ewan off at home.
Since she came on a pretty long car ride, Chloe and I stopped by the dog park so she could let some more energy out but she wasn't feeling up to playing too much so we ended up going home.
I heard afterwards that Ewan was so tired that he didn't fall asleep until 10... so sorry Al and Nancy!
At my church, we sing a lot (A LOT!) of songs by Bethel Church and they are some of the most intense, powerful worship songs I've ever heard so when I heard that they were touring the West Coast with their Tides tour (and that tickets are at an early bird pricing right now!), I went ahead and bought tickets. It is going to be such an amazing event - there are a few of us from church who are going together so I just know that it's going to be such a amazing time.
A cutie pie, just like his older brother! We got to meet baby Mason tonight and put in a little cuddle time.
I thought this was so cute! Good on the troops on doing this - they win, hands down!
So I finished my last class the day we came back from Portland almost 2 weeks ago and my next (last!) PM course doesn't start until the end of October so after a short hiatus, I'm back to taking another class - this time, for fun! Vic had a friends and family discount at his work (The Art Institutes of Vancouver) for a Digital Photography class and at the price it was offered (half off!), it was hard to say no! So I'm back at 'school' for 10 weeks, (3 hour classes once a week) to learn more about my camera and proper photographer techniques. We just had our first class this week and I've already had a chance to rethink my photographic strategy. :)
So I haven't really blogged about our trip to Portland; it's been kind of a crazy two weeks and time was at a premium.
Portland was awesome! It was so great to meet up with the cousins again - we got there on Friday the 28th, went out for food on Friday night (and Voodoo Donuts too!), squished 6 people in a small motel room meant for 4 people max (there were three on the bed and three on the floor) and had an early morning on Saturday so we could get ready to go white water rafting! We left at 9 and it was a half hour drive to Clackamas where we met up with the rest of the group we were rafting with. By the time we got to the rafting site, went through orientation and finally was able to get into the raft, it was after 10:30.
The experience itself was incredible. Blue Sky Rafting was the company we went with and I can't even believe how much value we got for the amount we paid ($85). We did a full day (5 hours) and it came with a full steak and chicken BBQ buffet lunch. Our guide, Dan, was really knowledgeable about the rapids we went through and knew the ins and out of each of the areas so when we told him we were up for an adventure, he was really able to maximize our trip.
We went through a number of rapids and the area that stood out to me the most was, hands down, the cliff dive area. The area was so crazy - so the whole group stopped at this one spot that had a 30-45 foot shear drop at the top. Then the guides all had us pile out and said, ok - this is the cliff dive area! Cliff dive? I didn't know that we signed up for this! Anyone who knows me knows that I am freakishly afraid of heights (thinking about heights right now is making my palms all sweaty - awesomely sexy). So there was a group who went first and out of our group, Richie was the first to check out the scene. Not knowing how he felt, we made sure to let him know that he didn't have to do it if he didn't want to but I had a feeling that he was chomping at the bit and sure enough, he was the first off that cliff! It was seriously the best momemnt of the whole trip seeing him take that dive. I was so happy and so proud of him! This whole trip was his first time on a plane on his own, his first time away from his family on his own, his first time white water rafting (and without his hearing aids!) and I'm pretty certain that it was his first cliff dive too. And after that, a fear of heights just seemed like a silly excuse to not take advantage of this experience. As I stepped off the cliff after Richie and in that 2-3 seconds it took to fall to the water, I was re-thinking my decision but luckily, it was too late and I hit the water and was able to swim to shore with a little help from the tow rope. As it happened, I started to get a small charlie horse and my shoes (cheap Toms knockoffs - go Soda!) was slipping out so it was a little awkward getting out. I got out still feeling a little dizzy but was able to see the rest of our group take their dive. So awesome and I am so glad that I was able to share that with my family.
We had planned, as Jeremy requested, to "get trashed" that night but we were all so tired that we went back to the hotel room and slept. Some of us woke up at around 10 and decided to go for food but Jeremy and Richie stayed behind so we just went to a little restaurant around the corner from our motel and had some drinks and appies. I'll do a food blog separate from this.
The next morning, we all got up early again, went for breakfast and then piled into the Mazda again to go to the outlet malls to do some tax-free shopping! I thought we had allotted ourselves lots of time (2 hours!) but we could definitely have stayed there for much longer. We all got something (which was nice) and left in time for Jeremy and Richie to get their transfer from the hotel to the airport. Jen, Johann, Vic and I went out for dinner, waited 45 minutes for ice cream and drove through of downtown Portland which, as it turns out, doesn't have too much of a nightlife as one would have thought. We went back to the motel and had an early-ish night and got up the next day to drop off Vic at a poker room so we wandered around Powells for a bit before dropping off Jen at the airport.
Powells was really cool - a whole city block building with multiple levels dedicated to books, old, new, used, and other kitschy items you can think of. I bought Vic some books and picked some up myself.
We were also able to walk around downtown for a bit and saw a whole city block just covered with food trucks! We didn't get to try out a food truck downtown (except to buy a crazy looking smoothie) but just going through them all was fun.
All in all it was a great trip, we left early the next day (Tuesday) and drove home with a quick stop at the outlet malls in Tulalip and a lunch break at Carls Jr. and got home at 2, just as Vic had predicted.
So after going to Little Big Burger, our buzzer for Deschutes went off so off we went to get our beer on. We were not disappointed! Having just had dinner, (most of us) weren't hungry so we only looked at the drinks selection. Not being a beer drinker (or any kind of drink, actually), I thought I would go out of my comfort zone and order one of the beer samplers (Brewer's Choice). I was not disappointed! It was 6 4 oz. sized tasters; my favourites being the mussel relaxer (had a salty, briny taste and went really well with the steamer clams we ordered) and the fresh squeezed IPA (really fresh tasting, would definitely order that one again).
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Loved by the Savior. Blessed with a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter and an adorable pup.
I love photography, singing, reading, trying new food, organizing, all things Disney and always looking forward to my next adventure. You can usually find me with a book in my hand or talking about Pentatonix. An unfortunate Amazon.com addict :)
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