Tuesday, December 4, 2012


We were happy to be invited to share Dan and Gretta's Thanksgiving dinner.
Beautiful table setting. And in case anyone wonders, that is sparkling cider!
 Gretta is from Venezuela and wanted to share a traditional dish with us.
 Cooking with Gretta!
 Assembling the ham bread. Ham, bacon, raisins, green olives. And yes, don't be so shocked that I ate green olives!
 It turned out great and was so delicious!
Don't leave out Dan! He did a lot of the cooking also!
Lots of delicious food!
Elder and Sister Terry were banished from the kitchen. Here we are watching "You've Got Mail."
Wonderful to spend the day with family. Thanks to Dan and Gretta for making it a memorable holiday and thanks for putting the pictures on facebook so I could steal them for the blog!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dave's Killer Bread

I never thought I would be dedicating a blog post to a loaf of bread, but everyone should know about Dave's Killer Bread!
We like the 21 grain bread (the green label) the best.
This is Dave.... and he has a fascinating story. His family operated a bakery when he was young. Instead of showing an interest in the bakery, as a teenager he showed an interest in drugs. He did four prison sentences through the years. Three and a half years into his last sentence things clicked and he was able to get help for his drug abuse and receive an education. After he was released the last time, he went to work at the family bakery which his brother now operated. But Dave decided to take it further and developed his own recipe and started Dave's Killer Bread.
Dave doesn't hide his past. Every label tells his story.
And this is his theme.
Dave is based in Portland and his bread is available not only in stores such as Winco and Costco, but is even available by mail order! It may cost around $5 a loaf but is worth every dollar. It's the only bread we eat now. Go out and find some and try it for yourself!

Heceta Head Lighthouse

There are supposedly thirteen lighthouses along the Oregon coast. We took a recent Saturday to visit one of them.
We stopped in Florence, Oregon hoping for Elder Terry to be able to visit a fly fishing museum I had read about. Unfortunately, the museum is now a play house! So we ate delicious clam chowder at the restaurant behind me before heading on our way north.
 View of Heceta Head Lighthouse from a distance
After a half mile and all uphill walk we found that the lighthouse was fenced off but we were able to get a close up in spite of the barbed wire fence!
The wedding we passed on the way up the trail. She was having a hard time walking because of her heels getting stuck in the grass. It appeared to be a nice wedding looking out over the ocean.
Another distant view with neat rock formations below. No wonder they needed a lighthouse!
A view of the rocks from the lighthouse.

On the way back down the trail we came across this tree covered with hanging moss.
A beautiful shot of the sun through the trees. It reminded us of the Sacred Grove.
The ocean at low tide. This was standing  quite a ways in from the shore.Very interesting to see the erosion at the water line and to know that before too long it would all be filled in with water. We had to drive over the neat bridge behind me to get to the lighthouse.
The beautiful Pacific Ocean
Close of a perfect day.

Friday, November 2, 2012

A visit with family

When we got our mission call to Oregon we were hoping that we would be able to see our nephew Daniel who lives in southern Washington. When we arrived in Eugene we found out he only lives about two hours away from us! We were so happy to be able to spend a recent afternoon with Daniel and his sweet wife Gretta.
My new niece! Dan and Gretta have been married three months. We are happy to have her in our family.
Don't leave out Elder Terry!

Daniel fixed us all a delicious lunch. Looking forward to other visits in the future!
Thanks, Dan and Gretta!

Fall is in the air

Since we have transferred to Eugene we are able to have Saturdays to be able to do a little extra sight seeing. Recently we took a drive to a small town called Oakridge because we heard that it was a pretty drive.
And it was! It was a rainy day but worth it.
A beautiful misty day.
This tree caught our eye. It is covered with moss and beautiful red leaves. We have never seen anything like this until we came to Oregon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

A baptism and goodbyes

Elder and Sister Terry with Michael. He found the Church through the mormon.org website.
It was a priviledge for Elder Terry to baptize Michael three days before we left.
Sad to say goodbye to special friends....

Bishop Paramore and his wife Beth. Note the old books in the cabinet! She loves them as much as Sister Terry does!

Sister Terry with her friend Glea and Glea's 92 year old aunt. Aunt Esther's home was like a museum of all kinds of things representing her life. And, believe it or not, we witnessed her eat a whole one pound hamburger, the only one in the group to eat the whole thing!
Glea and her son Kenny became some of our closest friends.
Elder and Sister Blake are now Brother and Sister Blake! They met us for lunch on their way home from serving in the mission. Glory Days is the best pizza ever! One of our most favorite hangouts in Burns.
And here is the owner of Glory Days, Nick and his son Cooper.
The Bingham family. It was great having dinner with them!
Dinner with the Gahleys. Where? See above!
Terry and Debbie. Long time Burns residents.
Linc. Recent convert and the owner of the local radio station.
A great Relief Society President and her family. The oldest son isn't in the picture.
Tom and Peggy. Kind hearted people.
Will and Toni. The first people to feed us in Burns. Will is in his 70's and still races his vintage motorcyle, even after suffering a stroke a few months ago!
Elder Terry with Cheryl in the family history booth. She is the ward historian and a great help to us. We will miss her family history expertise!
Elder Terry with our dear friends Mel and Jean and their friend Mary. Jean is 87 and is the best cook! Mary has the biggest and best garden in the whole town and probably the whole county!
What a small world! Pam went to the same high school and graduated with me. Even though we didn't know each other then, it was fun talking about the good old days at West! 
To quote a song Elder Terry mentioned to Glea, "God be with you 'till we meet again with His arms unfailing 'round you." We only have a few pictures of the people who have come to mean alot to us, but there are many more. We know we will see them again some day!