20 01 2010


1 09 2009

WOW its been sooooo long since i posted! Miss you all! Been a very busy summer, as most of you know the kids and I spent the summer in San Diego. We went down to visit my Grandma, and Uncle, Aunt, and counsins as well as Tim’s mom. We wound up staying for 2 months. Loved every second… and want to share the entire trip with you all very soon. Hopefully when the kids get back to school I’ll have time to really post photos and tell you all about it.

Saturday Market–Corvallis, Oregon

10 05 2009


13 04 2009

well, that time of the year is here again… where the weather becomes actually enjoyable.  Not that the seasons aren’t nice, but when spring comes around… its so nice to see the sun more often, and we even get a few ‘teasing’ days of 70 degree weather.  And, well, most of you who know me, know well, that I love to take photos of my kids outside… I am not a fan of indoor flash photos.  I would rather set up a camera to take a photo next to a window than to actually put my flash on my camera…. I just despise the flash that much….which I guess is something I should try to get over… maybe.  But until then, rain or not, you will find me shooting as many outdoor photos as possible.  I mean…. why waste all that incredible beauty by staying inside?!  Here are some recent photos of Maddie and Emma and yes, you guessed it… me.  I rarely get out from behind the lens to take photos of myself, but this time, I finally mustered the courage to take a few.

SK8r Dude!

23 03 2009

Taylor…. wanting to be just like his uncle Joe…. decided to take up skateboarding recently. (yeah… that was my reaction too…. just GREAT!)  So, we have been trying to have him practice…. at the local skatepark.  So, Today, Tim took Emma to a concert in Portland… and I took taylor to the skatepark in Dallas so he could practice his moves…. (there really wasn’t much skating going on…..more like posing)  🙂  Here’s a few photos of our adventure….Black and White  seemed to capture the mood, so I went with it.   Enjoy!


4 03 2009

Recently, I joined facebook….. a social networking site where you can revisit old friendships, make new friendships and continue current ones. I am flabbergasted (to cause to be overcome with astonishment; astound)  at how quickly I have become reacquainted with many old friends… people I have known over the course of my life… (as I was recently reminded.. almost 40 years now… yikes, scary to think that much time has passed) I have lived in so many places…California, New Brunswick, Indiana, Michigan and now Oregon… and I have made friends in each of the places I have lived. Since I joined Facebook in August of last year, I have accrued some 300 friends many of which I went to High School with. I am so very fortunate to have had the chance to reconnect with so many of my former classmates and friends…in fact, Kathy,  my best friend through Jr. Hi, High School and College who I had lost contact with, I have now been reunited with because of Facebook. While I did not intend for this to be a plug for Facebook, I just think its so cool to have the technology which serves as a bridge to connect my past to my present… and thus come full circle.  I have never been a believer in coincidence… I believe everything happens for a reason, to serve a purpose, to cause us to grow and learn and benefit from in some fashion or another.  I can say with confidence that the Lord has put each person who I have come in contact with over the course of my short life to be influential in the making of who I have become.  For that, I am thankful…

“Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!”  Prov. 25:13 msg.

“Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”  Prov. 27:9 msg


25 11 2008

Ok, so here is the Palmer’s List of a Hundred things we are thankful for….  Okay, Okay, we thought we would only be able to come up with a Hundred, but ended up with a hundred and twelve

  1. God’s word
  2. Computers
  3. Emma’s friend, Maddy
  4. Mrs. Hursh
  5. Mrs. Peterson
  6. Corvallis Nazarene
  7. Katy our Children’s Pastor
  8. Sunsets
  9. Mountains
  10. Lakes
  11. Sand on the beach
  12. Cars that we drive
  13. School
  14. Work
  15. Warm feet
  16. Water to drink
  17. Grammy’s and Grampa’s
  18. bed
  19. blankets
  20. warm running water
  21. Coffee
  22. Nintendo DS
  23. Warm Coats
  24. Slippers
  25. Donald Duck
  26. Stuffed Animals
  27. Healthy Kids
  28. Blue Skies
  29. Clouds
  30. Fog
  31. Rain
  32. Snow
  33. Grace
  34. Mercy
  35. forgiveness
  36. Jesus dying on the cross
  37. Love
  38. A place to call home
  39. Pillows
  40. Hiking trails in the woods
  41. Big Rocks on the coast
  42. Trees
  43. Flowers
  44. Birdsongs
  45. singing and humming children
  46. life
  47. Adventure
  48. Friends
  49. Family
  50. Michigan
  51. 1st Wesleyan Church
  52. Grass
  53. Lavender
  54. Soap
  55. Socks
  56. Shoes
  57. Clothing
  58. Gloves to wear in the cold
  59. Smiles
  60. Hugs
  61. Kisses
  62. Goodnights
  63. Goodmornings
  64. kind words
  65. Someone to share our lives with
  66. Grammy and Grampa’s house
  67. Chocolate Milk
  68. Bagels
  69. Facebook
  70. Crisp cold air to breath
  71. Feet to walk
  72. Hands to feel
  73. Minds to comprehend and imagine and create
  74. Peace
  75. knowing what we believe.
  76. Oregon
  77. WordPress
  78. the ability to read
  79. The land of the free and the home of the brave
  80. the smell of wet asphalt
  81. God’s sense of humor
  82. Psalms
  83. Joy
  84. rivers
  85. waterfalls
  86. sleeping children
  87. laughter
  88. books
  89. Libraries
  90. Cameras
  91. Music
  92. Memories
  93. Photographs
  94. Sleep
  95. a quiet house
  96. Giggling children
  97. the ability to learn
  98. Swimming Pools
  99. Knitting
  100. Our Families who love us and put up with our quirks and shortcomings
  101. The warm sun
  102. The moonlight
  103. Boardgames
  104. Taylor’s friend Brendon
  105. Legos
  106. Emma’s friend Abby
  107. Our neighbors
  108. Our Pastor
  109. that Jesus isn’t finished with us
  110. that he never gives up on us
  111. That he is faithful, and that his mercies are new every morning
  112. that he has saved us from the pit (Psalm 103)