The Jeff Show – #5 Moving to Gaylord

Here’s a breakdown of what has been happening in our family.

  1. Moving
    1. Trailer – Denny’s
    2. Pulled with our truck
    3. Kaleb and Brandon helped
    4. Bringing Mary’s mom here
  2. Unpacking
    1. The living room was full
    2. the garage was full
    3. merging two households
    4. Need to keep on working on it
  3. Getting on with life
    1. Less gasoline being used
      1. 10 minute commute for me
      2. walking distance for Mary
      3. I walk to close things – church, downtown, etc.
    2. Karlie and Josh
    3. starting my walking regimen

The Power of Story, the Power of the Scene

I’ve been listening to Don Miller‘s, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.” Without getting into too much of the book, he realized that life is a story, and that God is asking us to live a better story. In the section that I’m listening to, he is talking about how important scene is. You don’t have many memorable conversations in a coffee shop, or your home, or what have you. However, you do remember the ones that were in an unexpected or memorable place, or maybe did something different in a place you have always been in. I can remember things with our kids, where the scene was different or the things happening were out of the ordinary for the place that they were occurring.

I’m thinking that I’ve been living a boring, mundane story. In some ways, I have, but there have been memorable scenes of conversations over the past 7 years since I met Mary and her kids. I know that I’m not always living a boring story. I’m trying to get into a more interesting one now, again.

In the book, Don talks about a bike trip that he initially didn’t want to do. I would turn into an epic story as he and a group of others were going to ride from Los Angeles, to Washington, D.C. on bikes, for charity. He equated that the beginning would be exciting, but that the middle would seem like they weren’t going anywhere. It would be easy to give up, chose an easier story. Not every story has a payoff. Some just lead into another story.

So, I’m trying not to abandon my story, it seems that there is a part that seems to go on forever. Like the story has come to a halt. I don’t want to abandon it. I need to be on the look out for memorable scenes to have meaningful conversations. I’m trying to be intentional about how my story, and those close to me, how their stories will evolve. That their character arc will bring change into their lives.

I highly recommend this book. I still have more to listen to. I may have to listen to it again.

Oregon Day 6 : the morning of the last day

Today, Dad and I spent some time at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Mary and Mom are out shopping, or something. Here are a few pictures of my favorite planes.

Oregon day 4…a long day

After sleeping in and a quick walk to the beach, we headed back to Portland. We relaxed a little, walked into downtown Newberg, then to my sister’s. We watched my nephew play soccer (his team won this afternoon), then to a Korean restaurant in Beaverton. Great food. Then back here to watch football and unwind.

Oregon Day 3: Morning

This morning we ventured south. We stopped in Otis at the Otis  café to have breakfast. We stopped next in Depoe Bay and saw three California Gray Whales. Next to Yaquina Head Lighthouse, more whales and a perrigrine falcon. Then we stopped at Newport to see the sea lions. Now lunch!

Oregon Day 2: To Astoria and Back

Today, we all travelled to Astoria. It started out with coffee near we are staying, then to Camp 18 restaurant for breakfast. We stopped at a few spots along the way. The highlight was climbing the tower at Astoria and seeing the mouth of the Columbia. I'll try and get all of our pictures together, but here are some from the day.

Oregon day 1 The afternoon

Travelled to the Pacific coast, specifically Pacific City, OR. We are in a rental for a few nights. Took Mary over the dune to see the ocean. High waves and the tide is coming in.The water is cold, like 50 degrees. Wow that was cold on the feet.

Otsego county Fair

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For all of the years I have lived in and around Gaylord, I've never attended the Fair. Now, because of a longer story I won't tell here, Mary and her friend Liz, have inherited the Avon booth at the fair.  Tonight, we are setting it up.

Let’s rock out!

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I like his taste in music. 🙂

Science! (Fun with Ethan and Dylan)

I got a chance to change with Ethan and Dylan the other day. We went to the park in Gaylord at S. Maple School, since Mary and Trisha were at an Avon meeting in town. It was a good time with me teaching a science lesson about static electricity.