Wednesday, July 28, 2010

An Afternoon Vacation

This is my friend Lynn who called me up and said, "Do you want to do something fun?"

So on Sunday afternoon we put our roller blades and boogie boards in the car and headed down the freeway to Huntington Beach.

Whoopie! Here I am in my son's roller blades. He wore them when he was 12, and he took off the brakes for some reason and lost them. This presented a problem...

--when sliding through crowds of people and pit bulls.

The crowd was thick around the pier, but then tapered off a bit. Lynn, in her white sweatshirt, patiently tries to balance on her blades at a standstill, while I take pictures.

I wanted to give you a sense of the culture here. Do you hear the flute?

Everyone is on an afternoon vacation.
There are many ways to relax.

It's almost time for us to go surfing...on our boogie boards. They are about half the size of these.

I better catch up with Lynn!

We had a great time!

How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house.

Psalm 36:7,8a

Sunday, July 18, 2010

He Safely Leads Me

Mozart took this picture in April when we visited my parents to celebrate our April birthdays. The four of us rode down to the bay.

My dad and mom (ages 80 and 79) are leading the way, I am third, and Mozart is the caboose.

I rarely get Mozart on a non-motorized bike. This was fun!

It's nice to have parents.

And it's very nice that my summer school job has ended. I won't have to look forward to seeing these cute little rascals on Monday.

My dad turned 81 last week, and they decided to come up to our place to see their new grand-dog, Diamond. And to chat with my oldest son, who has recently moved home.

My son rarely lets me take his picture. Diamond has changed things.

There are some challenging days ahead, and I'm not sure how everything will work out. What an opportunity to trust God one day at a time!

When we arrived at the bay, with our bikes, I noticed a bridge stretching above the deep blue water. I turned my bike onto it and ventured slowly forward. I loved the feeling of riding safely above the water. I glanced at the view now and then, but I had to look ahead and stay in control. The bridge brought me safely to the other side. And God will bring me across and over the challenges I face. He will build a sturdy bridge and I must step forward with trust and faith...relying on him to keep me safe and dry.

And He will do the same for you...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Challenges and Blessings

Our son's puppy is a blessing.
Especially to our oldest son.

A warm puppy hug can do a soul good.

As you can see, on the fourth of July, things were a bit noisy in front of our home. Our youngest had some friends over and they had a great time shooting off all kinds of things. My oldest son is on the right and my youngest is next to him holding the broom. They had a bit of clean up to do after a BANG of a night!

I have been quite busy with things involving our son, the puppy and my jobs. I hope to come over to your "places" soon!