Friday, June 13, 2008

There's No Place Like Home

Hey everyone, we're home! I missed the kids and the dog, missed the sewing machine too. Can't wait to get back at it. The trip was romantic, relaxing, exciting, fun, and filled with inspiration. It was wonderful having the time to take in and really look at my surroundings. Inspiration was everywhere...color, pattern, texture, sound, smells. I can hardly believe that I didn't blog a bit during the trip. Actually I can...the week flew by...the daily walks on the beach lasted for hours and the hikes up the mountains happened daily too. We took a bit of time to explore some of the coastal towns and even spent a day bumming around Portland. We love out of the way places and local flavor. We drank it in!



Our hosts at the Ocean Point Inn in Arch Cape, Oregon were fabulous. They run a wonderful little place and did everything possible to make our stay simply perfect. For most of the week we were the only ones there and it was very much like having a private place on the ocean. Bruce and Ron made us breakfast every morning. Our favorite was the poached eggs in wontons. Every morning was something unique and equally fabulous! We could get used to that! We sat in these chairs..usually with blankets cuddled around us and looked at these views and listened to the waves crash on the rocks and roll up on the beach.
Hiking in the coastal rainforest was amazing. My husband loves to take me to places with signs like this...I have a bit of a fear of heights and some vertigo issues...I always seem to be the one on the side with the cliff or ravine and one step away from oblivion. After 25 years...I'm resigned to it, but it never fails, I am always rewarded with rushing mountain streams, gorgeous wildflowers, natural beauty and at the top...a fabulous vista.









































































































The best part of the trip was spending 7 straight, uninterrupted days with my husband. Twenty-five years seems like yesterday to us. I can't imagine myself not married to him, not being his partner, not loving him. It was a joy to see his face light up each time he saw a new vista that took his breath away, to see the flush on his face after a great run on the beach or through the woods, to hold his hand, touch his face, or simply watch him enjoy life. I am a lucky woman, though as my mom says, it isn't luck at all. You have to choose well. I did.

36 comments:

Jackie said...

Wow, I am speechless! You have brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. I feel that way about my husband of 19 years. It is wonderful to share life with someone you can truly enjoy. What better way to do it than spending uninterrupted time together surrounded by all that natural beauty! Congrats again on 25 years and a wonderful celebration together!

Sara said...

That place looks awesome!! Glad you had a good time relaxing with the hubby, now its back to the "real world"

Kieny said...

Great looking pictures and such loving words for your husband.

Linda said...

My gosh what beautiful photo's. Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time. I agree with your mum, luck has nothing to do with it. It's all in His great plan for you.

Randi said...

Wow! I got behind on my blog reading and I missed a ton of stuff on yours! Happy Anniversary and welome home! The trip pics are stunning. Congrats on 100 posts, too! :-) Love the quilt you are working on.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your second honeymoon sounds amazing - how lovely to celebrate with uninterupted time with your soul mate! I can see why you fell in love with Arch Cape - it looks like a beautiful part of the world. Now you should be recharged to get back into all your projects.

Blondie said...

Gorgeous! What a beautiful place, thanks for sharing the pictures!

Glad to have you back!

Tina said...

How wonderful that you two could take some time away to spend together!

Amy said...

So glad that you had a great time away!

Ravenhill said...

So happy to get to know you- thanks for joining my give away so that I could meet you!

I wish I had made it in time for your give away. Your small quilt is so lovely. Your photography is so inspiring! I will definitely be back - would you mind if I add your blog to my blog roll? That is the best way for me to keep track of you!

What delight to read about your wedding anniversary and a warm congratulations to you both!
~Emily

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Jacquie...breathtaking photos...and your words at the end of your post...just beautiful...

nicolette said...

Wonderful reflections of your friend- and partnership for 25 years. Such a breathtaking spot to celebrate!

Levin (and Emily) said...

wow - it looks like you had a fabulous holiday. congratulations on 25 years of wedded bliss. it's a milestone these days.
when i first met my husband my friend tried to steer me away as he was unemployed. but i saw the potential behind his circumstances - i fell for the man who was gentle and caring and kind. he now works - as a physiotherapist - and i have never, ever looked back. like you, i feel truly blessed.
here's to the next 25 years of togetherness.
l
x

Penny said...

Welcome back - and congratulations for making a wise choice.

We missed you.

QuiltedSimple said...

Glad you had a wonderful trip - and at the same time, glad to see you back. The pictures are awesome. I'm so glad you guys are still so happy together after 25 years - fantastic!!

Kris

Darcie said...

BREATHTAKING!!! I love that part of the country. Glad you are home safe...and have oodles of beautiful memories to hold dear.

Kate said...

Congratulations on 25 years!

Shanna said...

The pictures are amazing!!! Time goes so fast, doesn't it? Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. It is nice to see people still very much in love after 25 years. Thank you for being an inspiration to those of us not quite there yet!!

MightyMom said...

glad you had a great time! I need to do something like that with my hubby one of these days!!

Dana said...

Wonderful to hear of your great trip. It sounds out of this world. Happy Anniversary!

gardenymph said...

Sounds like you had a heavenly time. What wonderful pictures! What wonderful memories. Welcome home. :~)

jillytacy said...

The photos are wonderful!!! It looks and sounds like you had an amazing time. It's a beautiful area, even more beautiful when you're with someone you love! 25 years together is a long time. I'm glad to hear you're still so happy!
Did you get to Haystack Rock? My husband proposed to me there. After 12 years together I'm still looking forward to the rest of our lives together!

Simply This That and the Other... said...

Oh my heck! You were right in my neck of the woods and I didn't even know it. I guess I wasn't paying attention. Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful time. Although did you have to come during the coldest week in June on record! LOL. Love the picture of the chairs. I have wanted to move to someplace sunnier for a long time, I think being a couple of hours from the Oregon coast will be what I miss the most, if I ever leave. Congrats on the Anniversary. ~jodi

Thriftin and Craftin said...

I'm so glad you're home safe and sound and that you're still so happy after 25 years of marriage. Tell your hubby to have a happy father's day!

Carla

Annie said...

Beautiful photos and welcome home. East west home's best.

Rae said...

Looks like you had a great vacation! The pictures are inspirational. Have fun getting back to your machine.

Stina said...

Ohh...what a fantastic 7 days you must have had...love the pictures!!

Nancy said...

Wow! So beautiful. The Oregon Coast is one of my favorite places in the world. My husband and I went one our honeymoon there.

Sarah said...

it sounds wonderful! i'm glad you had such a great time!

Marie' said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful pics. Our 11th anniversary was last week during the family reunion trip, so we are going to celebrate it next weekend.
I can't wait to see your creations again.

Rebekah C said...

wow! it looks like you had a wonderful time! those views are absolutely gorgeous! Happy anniversary!

Leanne said...

Your photos are fab. Love the one of the tree branches. Glad you had a nice time.

ivyarts said...

The trip sounds and looks wonderful. What a heavenly week. With any luck, my husband and I will have such a great trip someday.

Oiyi said...

Love the beach shots!

amandajean said...

glad to have you back! I missed you around here. so glad to hear that you had a great time. sounds like a perfect vacation.

susan said...

lovely pix, it must have been a dream!! glad you are back and didnt fall off a cliff! hehe