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Skip Day! We’re taking the day off work to hang out with our Brandsen Fam.

Time for some kayaking!

These pictures are from 2007 when Josh and I were in Alaska, but .. take away the jackets, the seals, the tide, the jellyfish, the tide, the kelp forest *gag*, the TIDE, the 3 a.m. searing pain in the arms from frantic paddling, .. and add 5 more Brandsens, some decent heat, and a relaxing summer day, that’s us.

My (cutest human on the planet) nephew Thomas and I have been jamming to a kids hymns cd this week while we hang out.. *insert laugh* And this one has really been in my head, can you see why?

“This is my Fathers world
And to my listening ears,
All nature sings and round me rings
The music of the spheres.

This is my Fathers world,
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas,
His hand, the wonders wrought.
This is my Fathers world,
The birds, their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white
Declare their makers praise.
This is my Fathers world,
He shines in all that’s fair.
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Fathers world,
Oh let me neer forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.  <– sense a theme here? *wink*
This is my Fathers world,
The battle is not done.
Jesus, who died, shall be satisfied
And earth and heaven be one”
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 If you’re by the river today, and you hear some girl in a kayak shouting this at the top of her lungs, there’s a chance that it’s me.
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