Light and Loveliness

Reflections of Emily Sue Allen


Oregon Vacation // Part I

As promised, more from our trip away. We started off by hitting up my family reunion for my dad’s side of the family in a park just south of Portland. Reunion time is always brief but special. It goes from noon to five on a Saturday in August and everyone brings something to contribute to the meal that is served. There was a stretch of years we weren’t able to make it due to living too far away or having babies, but we have been the past two years, and I really love the time.

Next we bombed over to the coast and did some exploring on beaches along the way. After a day full of beach fun, we stopped in at a pub for some good eats and the littlest miss decided to take a nap sitting on daddy’s hip while we sat at the table and ate. Cutest thing ever.

The following are some bonus family pictures for the week, but since they were all taken within 24 hours of the last one I posted, lets just call them unofficial ones.

Our last beach stop was at Smelt Sands, a beach that holds a lot of memories from my childhood. It is not a conventional beach…There is not much sand, but instead these little pebbles all over the beach. When I was a kid, my family stopped in a number of times and sat for hours searching for pretty pebbles and shells. We also played around in the little stream that flows into the sea. Such fun to make new memories with my own kids at some old stomping grounds.

When asked about which beach they liked the best, all of them agreed this one was the most fun. We will be back again for sure.

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“It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.” Daniel 2:22

266. pebbles and their stories, 267. sleeping chubby baby squish, 268. fog, 269. back-seat pretend play, 270. glitter on the water, 271. a good book, 272. trees that grow sideways from constant wind, 273. the gift of being together, 274. climbing crazies, 275. patient passengers

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