Family Reunion Ends in Bend

Rob. Nancy. WolleEvery three years my family gets together with my sibs and their kids Nancy. Carleen for a family reunion. Wolle. Aaron. Gene This year we went to Bend, Oregon, Ann. Wolle so that my sister Ann and her family could participate more easily, Giles but I have to say, everybody thought Bend was a GREAT place for a reunion, Nancy. Aaron. Linda C. so I don’t think it would matter whether or not you have relatives in the area!Aaron Set amidst the volcanic ash of central Oregon, McKenzie River Bend is a paradise for outdoor sports!Rafting Family Photo During the week, some to most all of us Aaron. Rueben enjoyed many grand adventures DSCN5659 such as white water rafting down the McKenzie River, Carleen's picture of horseback riding horseback riding (Carlie’s picture), mountain biking (I missed that one!), Carlie. Giles. Reid hikes around crystal clear lakes, Alan. Gerlinde. Aaron. Joel along gurgling rivers, Tumalo Falls and up to thundering waterfalls.Linda Ward We all enjoyed delightful picnics, Andrea. Aaron. Jon swimming, Andrea. Hot Tub hot tubbing, Kathi. Reid. Amelie and lots of time relaxing, Aaron. Andrea eating together, Jack. Reid. Julian playing with cousins, Down by the River and just generally having a marvelous time Kathi.Alan. Gerlinde copy getting caught up with each other. Joel with Reid We did lots of exploring too, IMG_9886 where we learned about new things. Reid We hiked through Lava Beds National Monument, Windy at the Top! felt awed by the view from Lava Butte, DSCN5300 and felt the chilling dark of the Lava Tube Cave. Skunk We got to be “up close and personal” with some of the wild life, Gerlinde  saw many fascinating critters at the High Desert Museum, DSCN5203 and watched a video about volcanoes and the formation of central Oregon.  Giles NappingThe whole week was one exhilarating, exhausting barrel of fun! SophieOn vacation, I also read the book I Believe in Heaven, and it’s made me think about a wonderful future “family reunion” which will end—not in Bend— but in heaven some day. Alan and Kathi copy When we come to the end of our adventures in this world, many people who have “near death” experiences report the sensation of traveling through a tunnel…either into blackness or (more often) into warmth and light.DSCN5661 copy Jesus actually rose from the dead, and he’s promised to transport everybody who trusts in him safely down the river of life  (so to speak) and into heaven. Aaron and DawnWe don’t know too much about heaven, but it sounds like it will be even more wonderful than earth…where we’ll have an eternal reunion with loved ones,Kegan and Linda Meeting   meet relatives and make new friends from all over the world…past and present, and where we’ll have an eternity of new opportunities for growth, learning, loving, and adventuring in a heavenly kingdom of goodness and grace.Gideon and ElijahI am so looking forward to heaven, and I hope you are too!

“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4).

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