Saturday, April 28, 2012


Our friends, Craig and Linda, invited Mozart and I to the Kern River to enjoy the family cabin.

The cabin sits on a bluff overlooking the river. We pulled out some chairs and relaxed. We had to raise our voices to hear each other because of the sound of the water rushing over the rocks, but we didn't mind.

We went on a hike through the rugged country.

We crossed some wobbling bridges.

We went down to Kernville to view the White-Water-Fest. We watched kayakers negotiate the slaloms.

Oh—A paddle-boarder! He did so well, I asked him if he surfed. He did. It turned out his name is Chuck Glynn and his cousin Laird starred in the surfing movie "That First Glide" which Mozart worked on.

Here is a little footage of Chuck in action.
We had very good seats.

Meet Terri Plunkett. Stand-Up-Paddle athlete.

Oops! The river threw this guy over my way.

In 1953 a dam was built to contain the river to prevent flooding and Lake Isabella was born.

I took these pictures out the window. Getting Mozart to stop the truck is not easy.

We had a great time.  Thank you Craig and Linda!

Friday, April 13, 2012


Letty told me that the Vietnam wall was nearby at a memorial park in the hills. As we drove, she told me about a young man that went to the exact high school I went to and graduated about 7 years before me. "He was a great student, and he attended to my church. I'd like to find his name on the wall."

We walked along the wall, looking at the names. The names drew us in, and we felt their stories. After a while almost every name seemed familiar. Common first names and last names, just like the names of our friends and next door neighbors.

We felt a mixture of sadness and pride. These were ordinary men and women who stepped up to do something extra-ordinary. And they are heroes.

A grey haired man dressed in jeans with a green camouflage shirt stepped up to Letty. Can I help you find someone?

"Yes," she said. "His name is Roger Boomsma."

After a few minutes of looking at some papers, he came back and lead us to the name.

He took a little piece of paper and covered the name. Then he took a pencil and made a copy of the name for her. She tucked it into her purse and thanked him.

This truck was parked near the wall.
You can see some pictures of Roger and look up pictures and information on other men and women who fought in the Vietnam war by clicking here: Roger Boomsma

Saturday, April 7, 2012

New Life

Happy Easter!


This is such a meaningful day to me. It gives me hope and assurance that there is more to life than what we see. Jesus conquered death, for us. He came back to life. Because of Him, we don't have to fear death. If we trust him...he will safely bring us through death into a new life. And we will enjoy him forever.