In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
While God is marching on!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Idaho Vacation--Of Rainbows and Ravioli

Our recent vacation out west wasn't all about airplanes, flying, and mountains. We had great fun with our daughter Donna and her husband Jonathan just hanging around their home and neighborhood. We needed the rest after all our other adventures!

The day after we settled in with Donna and Jonathan in Idaho Falls, we went to church together (where I heard a wonderful LDS hymn, I Have Work Enough to Do) and, later in the afternoon, Donna prepared homemade ravioli for dinner! I had never seen how ravioli is made from scratch, so the meal was interesting as well as delicious!

Doesn't she remind you of Julia Child? ;-)

That afternoon it clouded up and rained steadily for a couple of hours, something we were told rarely happens in southeast Idaho in August. Guess a bit of Western New York weather must have stowed away in our luggage and escaped when we unpacked! But eventually the sky cleared and we were treated to a magnificent double rainbow! Unfortunately, only one of the bows, and the tail end at that, showed up on the picture I took. But it was still a lovely gift from God!

That evening we drove a short distance up into the hills above Idaho Falls to explore a huge wind farm up there--I'd never been that close to one before. We could see hundreds of these towering devices as we drove along, and were told there are thousands of them in those hills. Some of them were revolving, others appeared to be locked down. It was kind of eerie as the sun set.

But that setting sun gave us another opportunity to capture the wonders of the western sky. It's almost impossible to see a vista like this in upstate New York; there are just too many trees, buildings, etc. to obstruct the view. One almost needs to go the western plains or desert to fully experience the vastness of the Heavens above us!

Our week with Donna and Jonathan reminded me that we don't need to be "doing something" or having some "high adventure" all the time to be happy and contented. Sharing time, laughs, and experiences with our family is all we really need to grow inside and together--and growing is what life is all about!


The Tom and Donna Johnson Family said...

The ravioli must have been made with love- it looks pretty labor intense to want to fuss with for just anyone!

Looks like a lovely time- thanks for sharing- I'm glad to see you aren't giving up your blog for facebook :-)

Anonymous said...

WOW--these sunset photos are incredible!!!! Nice job. And Donna looks very happy while making ravioli. She does look a bit like Julia Child, come to think of it. Thanks for sharing!