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Continuing our Seattle trip

The next adventure we did was near the space needle inside a very unique museum.
The Chihuly glass museum and gardens. It’s really hard to explain the beauty of the blown glass.
Unless one is there in person it is just not easy to describe or even photograph.

The weather was amazing and we looked inside and outside admiring the detail and beauty of the glass.
In the bright lighting the glass takes on it’s own presentation and beauty.
The ceiling was amazing… glass in lighting and the beauty is just breath taking. You really cannot imagine the beauty from these pictures.
As we walked and observed it was clear these were not only beautiful but also very expensive.
This one looked like birds near the waters edge, it was completely mind blowing to see the intricate details of this glass.
Glass upon glass creating an illusion of reflection and fragility. The colors were stunning.
Large beautiful hanging glass fixtures, reflecting light and color and detail and amazing art work.
I could not keep my eyes off these beautiful works of art, the colors were bright and surreal.
The pictures do not show the beauty in the way a real life walk through tour does.
Dainty cups of flower forms, fragile and awe struck color.
Such beauty and delicate glass.
Such unique display of color.
Inside the museum and also outside the glass was amazing.
I think this was my favorite part of our Seattle tour, it was something one does not see in a life time and something with great history too.
The artist was very talented and the price tag on those displays were in the thousands. I wanted to purchase a little dish for my home.
Yeah that didn’t happen.
I would definitely recommend this outing to any one who is wanting to see something unique and beautiful.

More of Seattle

Our next adventure was a visit to the space needle.
I do not like heights and was not sure about going near it. We rode the city tram to get there.
It was like a mini train so we did sort of get a train ride on this adventure of ours.
Each of us had a bit of anticipation as to what we would observe and be a part of, and of course downtown Seattle has an assortment of people surrounding you as you walk the streets.
In order for me to go near the space needle I kept reminding myself of my best friends words, “there are worse ways to die.” Yes there are I think.This is what the tram looked like, a small compact train.
The space needle is very pretty and also amazing and full of history as you enter the inside walls.
It is very tall and amazing to look at. The engineering part of it was hard to imagine.
We went into the internal part of it and of course there were gift shops and restaurants and one could eat on the top of it in a very expensive restaurant or buy snacks in the mini shops.
In order to get to the top they have elevators and they really pack them in, I had to ‘breathe’ so I could relax.
Way too many people shoved into a small space but the time from bottom to top was about 20 seconds.
I kept thinking of the movie sleepless in Seattle and could not imagine a small boy alone in there.
I did not go out on the outer view point.
It overlooks the city, the water and the beautiful skyline of the city.
I loved watching the boats in the river and I did walk around the internal circle just not outside.
Everywhere you look there are large massive buildings and a great amount of noise from construction crews.
When looking out  I was amazed the top was only protected by a partial wired wall.
One thing I did appreciate was the fact that you could not go into the space needle without having your bags checked.
The guys had to relinquish their pocket knives and anything else that could be dangerous.
They did have guards who were on each level for safety purposes too.
We can now take this off our bucket list. Been there, done that don’t need to go back again.
I would like to go up north to the islands and ride a boat or ferry.

More of Seattle

The first full day of exploring began with the aquarium.
The day was sunny and we got there a little bit after it opened.
I really enjoyed the displays and the assorted fish and sea creatures in a natural habitat setting.





I didn’t realize there are two kinds of divers. One for cold water diving and one for warm water diving.
They had divers inside the aquariums cleaning and maintaining the displays.
It was really fun to watch them sometimes they even waved at us.
The water front was also a favorite of mine. The weather was perfect after many days of rain. We were so glad we got there early as the morning moved near the noon time we were noticing many school children coming in, by the time we left there were probably over a hundred little people in there. It was definitely time for us to leave.

 

Our Seattle trip

The original plan was to head to Seattle for our brother in law’s birthday by train.
He wanted to do the Amtrak train ride and experience traveling that way without a car.
About 24 hours before leaving we were told they had a landslide on the tracks and we couldn’t go.
So refunds were given and we drove their car to our ‘destinations.’
The traffic was horrible, and very fast I had to work really hard at not being too nervous.
Our condo was very nice on the 7th floor. In the middle of the downtown district.

this is looking to the left of our room.

This was in front of our window

this was to our right at night.


this was also to our right.

this was a dome that was being built by Amazon the daytime picture.

Every where you look there were big tall buildings and the noise of the city.
There were very few moments of quiet, sirens and tall buildings were the main part of staying downtown.
We stayed at the same condo which was also home for many people, for four days.
The room was very clean and very nice.
Our first day was full of driving, it took about 4 hours to drive from our town to downtown Seattle.
The next day we saw the aquarium, the Space needle and Chihuly gardens and glass museum.
The adventure continues as I show you the pictures.

Busy days

I can’t believe I have not written in this space since Easter.
We have been very busy doing retirement living, and weekend softball tournaments for one of the grand daughters.
We did go up to Seattle too, it was a four day vacation sight seeing the area.
We will be going to Hawaii for a trip too.
We have never been there and hope for a safe flight and fun travels.
Then sometime in the late summer we will head up to the San Juan Islands.
I love the water ways and being near the water.
My husband went back to work two days a week so that throws a damper on some of our travels, but it also helps us pay our bills.
We have enjoyed this season of our life.
Seattle space needle

How amazing and wonderful

[Acts 1: 3 
He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days (remember 40 days is very significant to the stories)
and speaking about the kingdom of God.
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes,
11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?
This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”]
Wow I read this and I am amazed, that for forty days after he died and resurrected, he appeared to them sharing many things with them.
THEN He was lifted up… right before their eyes. Can you even imagine? Can you even think of how awesome that would have been?
I remember when I have watched a balloon or a kite leave the hands that were holding it, and I watched as it drifted up higher and higher till it can no longer be seen.
Wouldn’t that be both amazing and confusing to see a cloud drift him up higher?
This is JESUS who they were just talking to.
Then two men appeared? Could they have been angels? we aren’t told.
He rose from the dead and left alive, as he moved higher and higher into a space they could no longer see.
How amazing and wonderful this whole story of love is for us.
I cannot imagine this whole scene unfolding.

He knows what we need

John 20:
[18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—
and that he had said these things to her.
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”]
Not too different from the time the angel stood with Mary and said, “don’t be afraid.”
CAN YOU IMAGINE? HE STOOD AMONG THEM.
[20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.*
Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”]
He knew He was leaving and also knew the power for them to share with others, would come from the Holy Spirit.
I find it fascinating that he BREATHED on them.
Reminding me of a song we sing in church that says, “It’s your breath in our lungs as we pour out our praise.”
The story continues.
[24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”]
I don’t really blame Thomas for questioning. Anyone who were there would have had the same reaction.
[26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.
Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”]
Wow he did the same thing two times. Joining them in the room with the doors shut and locked.
Yet, he appeared and stood among them. Not only did he do that, but he addressed Thomas in the very matters of the heart way that only he would know how to do.
Our Lord and our God… knows what we need even if we never say it to him.
A wonderful love, and caring Father.

She ran and told them

When Jesus called her name, she was both surprised and confused since she saw him pass away and watched as they laid him down in the tomb.
I can’t imagine any of us would be not feeling the same feelings.
It would be a mixture of emotions and feelings.
She knew and remembered how he would say her name.
He probably said it to her, many times in the years they knew each other.
It is an intimate approach for him, towards her in the most ‘precious’ way.
We are like that with special loved ones or friends.
We welcome the sound of their voice.
He knew by using her name in the special way he would say it, he would get her attention.
Can you even imagine… her excitement and hope?
Then he said for her to go tell the ‘others’ about what she had seen and experienced.
She would be a credible witness and others would hear and believe her story.
What I find fascinating is her ability to not recognize him until the timing was right.
He didn’t allow her to see him for who he was until she heard his voice.
She was the one who had demons cast out of her so she knew his voice and she knew his power.
Our voices are very recognizable to those who know us.
John 20:
[11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb
12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.*** (important)
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!”
And she told them that he had said these things to her.]
She ran and told them what she had seen.

And He called her by name

When we think of the days surrounding the Easter story we have to think about and include those who were most involved in the process.
[20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.
4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.
5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.
6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,
7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;
9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.]
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
[11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb.
12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”
14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).
17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.]

He took courage out of love

Mark 15:
[And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” (FOR THEY DIDN’T UNDERSTAND)
36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”
37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.
38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.]
They were watching from a distance crying and weeping.
They loved him, they were unsure of this moment. They were in sadness and shock
[42 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. 45 And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. 46 And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.]
Mark 16
[When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”
4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large.
5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.
7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.]