Today I’m heading down to Olympia to spend a week with my grandma (but we call her Nana – who ever calls their grandma just plain grandma??). She has about 6 decades of pictures for me to work on sorting into albums and labeling. =) But I’m still hoping to have a bit of time to work on my novel. I hit a wall yesterday (so didn’t reach the 10,000 word count goal I had set for myself) but I think I brainstormed it away.

I will be bringing my laptop with me so hopefully I’ll keep this blog updated. And on the way back I’m taking the train (joy!). Although it’s not as exciting as going to Indiana or thereabouts, it’s still neat to be riding a train to get somewhere.

To wrap up here’s Psalm 84 (it will probably sound very familiar):

1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!

2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.

3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.

5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.

6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, [Trouble]
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

7 They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

8 Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty;
listen to me, O God of Jacob.

9 Look upon our shield, O God;
look with favor on your anointed one.

10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

12 O LORD Almighty,
blessed is the man who trusts in you.