Beautiful Day on the Oregon Coast!

Catching a relatively dry and not too windy day on the Oregon coast is amazing anytime of year, but at the end of October when we’ve been drowning in the valley, I didn’t think we had a chance. I took my girls and one of their friends over yesterday. Rain poured down on us as we drove. Somewhere before that last hill crest, the weather cleared. After a little shopping, we went for a walk on the beach. No coats needed.

After that we took off to a tea house. When we arrived we found that it had closed and a new shop opened. A chocolate shop. How could that be wrong? They served us samples of their clam chowder, made with coconut milk and chocolate. Seriously yummy. The girls each had hot chocolate, and I had limeade with huckleberry and dark chocolate. We ate bread with dipping oil (and chocolate), chocolate beanies and weenies, and chocolate bread pudding. They had chocolate macaroni and cheese, but we left that one to the imagination. If you’re in Newport, stop in and give it a try. Donya Marie’s Beyond Chocolate is the name.

With our tummys full, we headed over to Newport High School to watch Ryan’s soccer game. All the boys played great, and the Warriors won. The game went on until the sun had sunk so low that the refs called it. Not a drop of rain, and barely any wind.

Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.

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