God had a surprise for my family this year. As we approached 2016 with my brother and his wife expecting their first little one in March and dad working in Poulsbo. We thought we had part of the year pretty well thought out. I started figuring out what to have in the garden, mom wanted to get some spring cleaning done, grandma had her schedule, and dad really wanted to find a different job.
Then mom found a possible job for dad and sent in a resume. Now for the past 30 odd years dad has looked off and on for a county or city job in his field, Parks and Administration. Yet he's never even gotten an interview. Well this time was different. Mom sent in the resume and within two days dad got an e-mail asking if he could come for an interview the following Friday (01/29). So they were off to Skagit county 2.5 hours north. After the interview dad called to let me know they were heading home and the interview seemed to have gone well. It must have been great, because not 2 hours after the interview they called and gave dad the job! That was a bit of a shock for us all!
So looking for houses commenced... in the midst of this new insanity in the Bryan household we had the first grandbaby on the way and dad started his new job the 1st of March! Half way through February we finally found a house and it was only 10 minutes from dad's work!
Well the baby decided not to come until we were in the last week of packing and moving to Skagit county of course.
We got the call that Heidi was on the way just after we pulled into our driveway after taking a trip to Portland, OR for a murphy bed unit for the new house.
She arrived that night safe and sound April 3rd. Heidi Lynne Bryan
Then after that excitement came the big move 6 days later!...
You don't realize how much you really have until you start packing and then when you get to your new home you have to rethink how things will fit. With us downsizing from a 2.5 acre farm to a large city lot it was hard to figure out how to fit all of our stuff into one garage! It was great having so much help that day!
As we slowly get things unpacked we start to see it become a home.
|And after I got my room decorated, dad comes back one day with this little sign from Hobby Lobby for me...|
Then not to be out done Matt and Rebekah decide to do the fastest move ever. A good friend of Matt got him a job working concrete, the only thing is it's in Lynden, WA and they lived in Sumner, WA. So another move was in order. They had two and half weeks from finding out Matt got the job, finding a new house, to packing everything up and moving! Just a bit crazy with a 5 month old but they did it!
Now they live much closer and Heidi and I can now have our coffee outings!
Socialism is not the key to harmony in a society it is the ruin of it. If it weren't for men like Alexander Graham Bell, Orville and Wilber Wright, Booker T. Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Christopher Columbus, etc. we would have never become a nation of new discovery, a nation of hope, a nation for the people, by the people, of the people. But despite all this John Dewey wanted the Christian religion gone from 'The Collective Society'. The thing that was the very foundation of America from the start. He saw it a threat to the harmony and growth of society. But without Christ there can't ever be true peace, true joy, true love. Only with the Bible as THE guide can anyone ever have a strong society. We're all sinners born into a sin filled world. There's no Utopia to have on this earth, but we can have hope in Christ, joy in His grace, and show love to others because He first loved us. Not a "Peace, Love, and Rock'n'roll" kind of thing, but a law abiding, level headed, care for others around you. That's the true "Harmony of the Collective Society".
It was a wonderful day for a parade! Every year in the first week of June Lynden has the Farmer's Day parade. But this year was a special year. It was the 125th anniversary of Lynden. So to make it extra special this year they decided to have a record breaking strawberry shortcake going down the middle of Front Street. They built it from 7th street and finishing at 3rd street which is over 1,250 feet long!
And just to add a cherry on top of that (or should I say strawberry?) Lynden won 1st place the day before for 'America's Main Street' competition winning $25,000!
Everyone is getting ready for the parade...
We were surprised by some friends we didn't expect to see there...
Let the parade begin!...
Of course you need large farming equipment at a Farmer's Day Parade!
I still find it funny that the mayor was in the wagon pulled by two mules...
Aren't they beautiful?!
If you zoom in the car has a sign which says, "Les Molenaar 125th Anniversary Beard Contest Winner!"
What's a parade without a band or two?
We got to see lots of old tractors as well...
Then the set up for the longest Strawberry Shortcake begins!
|The tables went out first...|
|Then came the plastic table cloths and gutters. Yes, gutters. It really worked well!|
Guess who came to the 125th anniversary of Lynden...
Mr. and Mrs. Judson the first Mayor and Lady of Lynden. I think they aged quite well don't you ?
|The wind picked up just enough to make the wax paper hard to keep in until the shortcake went in...|
|Next came the strawberries and the ice cream... The only problem was the heat. The ice cream and whipping cream melted before we all got to enjoy it. I believe it was in the high 80's.|
Then we finally got to eat it! Melted ice cream, whipping cream, strawberries and all!
Mom and Dad enjoying a piece of history...
Even Grandma enjoyed a bit...
Diets went out the window that day. I believe this was my first helping...
|A moment and slice of history! I was well and truly sunburned but had a wonderful time! We were able to meet some old friends as well which was a great ending to the day's festivities.|
|A last view of Mt. Baker and Twin Sisters as we head back home...|