Big Bear



Hi friends– A couple days ago Larry and I decided to run up to his family’s Big Bear cabin for a quick weekend.  I packed up a stack of fresh library books and he grabbed a bag of snacks and threw in a bottle of wine.  And here we are.

We spent most of yesterday sitting on the back porch in the sunshine books on our laps, with cups of coffee and tea and occasional reports to each other on what we’d come across in our reading.  At one point Larry noted his phone read 104 degrees in Brea.  104 in Brea?!  –while we sat in the sunshine and listened to the breezes in the pine trees above.


Simple meals here.  A drive to a bakery to pick up sticky buns for breakfast on the porch, a picnic gathered at the grocers–back on the porch again,  and an evening stroll into town to try a Mexican place that was new to us.


It’s just a restoring to sit in quiet for hours at a time, sleeping as long as you wish, noticing a more alpine kind of beauty all around, gathering ideas and motive as you read and listen… Here’s my pile of books–
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen, Pearl of China by Anchee Min, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Foer, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben, the book of Luke and an amazing iTunes sermon by Tim Keller (Ephesians 2).  — I’m dipping a bit into the John Stott habit of reading an hour a day, on full day each week and a full week every year…



11 thoughts on “Big Bear

  1. Thanks Candy– it belongs to Larry’s parents– cozy and comfortable, but we only get up about once a year because weekends always seem to fill up. But it’s always a blessing to be there…

  2. So gald you and Larry got this time way. Sounds heavenly. I can’t think of anything more enjoyable than to be away from your “normal” rountine, surrounded by God’s beauty and to be with someone you love!!

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