Friday, July 5, 2013

A Decade of Together

It seems that 10 years goes by quickly.  Why didn't anybody tell me this?  Wait, I guess that everybody actually has told me that time ticks by too fast.  I must be dense.  Friends, today, 10 years ago, I married my best friend.  It seems impossible that nearly 1/3 of my life I have been known as Mrs. Rumrey.  Where did these past 10 years go?  They have been spent in 4 different cities starting on Center St in Salem, to Madelyn, to Moscow, to White Ave, to N. Polk, to Eugene, to Curtis, to Hoover, and now in Medford.  Several moves, three babies, but one blessed and beautiful union.  Thanks be to God.

There is so much, too much to say, to feel, to reflect on.  (This is just a neglected blog anyway).  

Today we did this together...


And saw this...



But this view, the past 10 years, 12 years actually, has been the best of my life...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fruit from the Vine

I love the magic of Spring.  It's the magic of the resurrection.  The putting off and the growing up of something glorious - more glorious than before. It's the promise of fruit that comes to bear at the hand of the vine and the vinedresser. 

We have moved across town and the picture of Spring presents itself to me in an intimate and unmistakable way here.  It's almost a knock on the head.  "Look!  I am here! New life has come.  Look at the beauty and life that comes to you when you abide in me.  I am the vine.  Be with me.  I want to make you fruitful.  I want your joy to be full."    I guess I need the simple reminders - these reminders to slow down and notice the glory.  The lilacs are in full purple and fragrant bloom.  Glory.  The wisteria is on the cusp of breaking through.  Seeing it daily reminds me of the newness that continually comes through this liturgical season: death to life.  God is doing a new thing. 

We Rumreys continue to prune, grow, love, learn, and be.  We also resurrect from our little deaths that we must go though on our way to following our Lord to the cross and beyond into Life. 

Cheers to Spring.  Cheers to King Jesus rising from the dead. Cheers to the hope of bearing fruit.












Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sharing Caroline

I just dug through some photos on my Nikon from the past month(ish) and found a collection of Caroline that I think capture her so vividly.  She shines bright into our lives.  It is not hard to see why why:













Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Quiet Moment

This is my favorite way to photograph - when I can contain people doing what they do.




Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Do you see this little girl?  We are smitten - entirely and utterly smitten - all of us.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Beckoned to Become


Fall in Eugene.  As the change of season is laden with color and crisp and fresh and frost, I have also been clinging onto the idea of change - of becoming.  A putting off and a throwing on.  Repentence.  A turning from. A clinging to.  I am thankful for the hope to become that which is more fully human, whom God has created me to be, to be more like Jesus.  To be like Jesus?  It sounds ludicrous to even mention.  Truly, such a task is far too great.  

When I scroll through these images of my people, I feel a deep gratitude but also a stabbing incapability to serve and love. I have this great task to be Jesus to them.  And I know, very well, that in order to let Jesus rule in my life, I must be dying, and turning, and clinging, and worshipping and communing.  The glory of these faces, these bodies, this happiness, this season, reminds me of the beauty and goodness and glory of God and causes me to run, run, run to Him.  






Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Strength and Beauty for Today

I'm feeling truly and deeply blessed. God reveals his beauty. My cups runs over. And my hands are busy with good things.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

I have been missing this blog lately.  I miss the slow-it-down time that is involved in thinking about what's going on and the picture posting - documentary style.  It appears that I have internet schizophrenia between blogger here and my newish tumblr account. I guess that I'll hold on to both. Depending on what varying situation allows or doesn't allow me to be sitting in front of a computer. my Tumblr allows me to use my iphone to quickly post a pic here and there. It's quite handy. When I can sit down in front of a computer, however, I prefer to be able to get on the ol' blog with all of its history. Because instances of sitting down in front a computer seem to be few and far between these days, we''ll just have to see...

God is kind, and I am blessed, and I feel that this summer has been fruitful.  I have been able to think a lot about God and my calling as a mama and my kids in particular.   Not a lot is coming out yet, but a lot has gone in, and I'm still processing.  I haven't written about our educational adventures here, but we're homeschooling Colson this year and and we're involved with a great little classical Christian program called Classical Conversations, of which I am extremely grateful.  Maybe more on that later.

The days tick by so quickly.  As I look around at my babies I'm finding that we are out of one phase and into the next lickity-split.  Colson is now 6!  What a big guy.  Being his mother has taught me so much about what it means to be a Christian.  Lewis is now a little boy, friend to Colson and big brother to Caroline.  and Caroline.  :)  that little person that brings instant joy to my heart.  Thank you God.  She is going on 2 this fall.  two!  Two is not baby.

Well, lastly I wanted to post a few portraits of these gifts that have taught me what it means to be a servant and to cheerfully give my life away.  Their "fat souls" make every sacrifice so worth it.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tumblr-ing

Considering my ill-functioning computer, the lack of writing I have done on the blog, and the streamlining my phone is capable of doing, I thought that tumblr would be much more practical.
For now, you'll find me posting here:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dazed and Confused

This kind of look tells a mama that someone needs a nap.

The face that says a nap is needed

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Eugene - Going Green

Today the sun shone upon us and I noticed that even now, in January, the buds from my backyard Rhodies are preparing for their fruitful arrival this Spring.

I love living in Eugene.

Backyard Rhodies Basking in the Winter Sunlight

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Feelin' the Love

When I saw this going on today I had to hurry to my nearby camera. Can't you just feel the love this little boy has for his sister? It does a mama's heart oh-so-good.

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Colson earned best-big-brother award today. He cheered Lewis on as he is undertaking the great task of learning to conduct himself without diapers. He shared all of his food with Caroline who always likes to snack on everyone else's food. He srceamed for us when Caroline was climbing up his ladder to his bunk-bed and he shared his toys willingly with his little brother.

wow, what a good, blessed day. Who knows what kind of squabbles and sins tomorrow will bring, but today I'll be thankful for today.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Colson Quotes on which I sigh "ooooh Brother"

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When you are educating a 5-year-old there are some interesting comments and ideas that are expressed:

Colson: Maybe when Rembrandt dies I will be the one that will be the great and famous artist.

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Colson: Here, I'll just try to read this part with my eyes closed.

(oh brother)

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Me: Colson can you please pick up those crumbs you dropped.

Colson: Maybe at night mouses can eat those. We don't want to be messing with crumbs.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I love living in this kind of light

We get the most glorious light coming into our home. It's just what I need during these gray Oregon winters. The way it bounces all through my dining area and through the living room and onto the page of a good book makes my heart cheery.

things i love: natural light and a good book



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