family,  ramble


The sun finally made a full appearance in Oregon. After months of gray, this is an event that should close businesses, stop the presses and halt all indoor activities. We should have a special name for those first sunny days. I’m thinking something like…We Survived Day. Okay, maybe not that, but I’m just beginning to get caught up on my vitamin D so you’ll have to forgive me. Here’s a few shots that show how the Nelsons enjoyed the sunshine.

 Jason brought home a trailer load of hay. This is me “helping” with the unload.

 Dug this beauty out of the garden. Yes, I do know they grow better if left in the ground, but isn’t it amazing?

 Bella gets very excited about trailers loaded with hay. Eating is her very favorite use of time.

 Under all that straw is Hazel, Joshua’s 4H project. I’m afraid I’ve already formed an attachment to her. She’s the sweetest pig we’ve ever had.

 And she’s awake! Hazel loves people. This is the first year we’ve had only one pig. I worried that she’d be lonely, but she’s seems content to let us scratch her back, socialize with the horse, sleep and eat.

 Here’s Hazel with her buddy, Bella.

 A weird shot of me with my youngest daughter.

Two oak trees fell with the last round of flooding. My husband can’t wait to get started with the chainsaw, but first we’re going to use the tree as a backdrop for our family pictures. Marci, of MarciB Photography, will be snapping some shots of our crazy crew very soon.

The rain keeps returning, but each downpours seems a little shorter than the last. I believe spring is really here.

What’s your favorite time of year?

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.


  • Kaity

    I have to say, despite the fact I usually don’t enjoy the warmer weather months, you make quite the argument to welcome them happily…I may have to take a different stance this year.

  • gramma

    Hazel has (had) competition as the “sweetest” pig. I think Raspberry would have given her a run for the prize! Actually, your family (even when there were just 2 of you) had a knack for picking out pigs.

    And for to answer your question…Spring is the prettiest with all the shades of green and the clean smell of the air.

    Love ya

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