Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013

Days never seem to work out the way one expects (or wants) them to. I have been attempting to get to the bank for the past couple of days, and because of other interrupts I have not been able to do so. Fortunately we will be heading up to Livermore tomorrow and I can get to the bank up there. Funny thing about the bank we use, and have been using for 30 + years, they seem to be plentiful up in the Bay Area, and sparse down in San Diego. Not sure why, but for right now we can still get our business done.

I began the day with doing some packing, and getting ready to do more packing. Jason had to be over at a formation, at Building 26, at 07:30 this morning, so we got an early start. The reason he was asked to come in on his leave was because he was being recognized for achieving his fourth Good Conduct Medal. I guess there aren't too many Marines who achieve this level of behavior with their Marine careers. All you have to do is stay out of trouble for three years and you qualify for the medal. Jason has been in for 12 years now, so he received his fourth one. He told me a little later that it was the first time that it was actually "presented" to him, rather than a simply notification and a First Sergeant or section leader handing it to him. Anyway, that took a  little more than half an hour and then we went to get some breakfast.

After breakfast we headed back to the house where I did more packing  and Jason played in the water. Well, I guess it really wasn't "play" so much as a chance to give Gracie her bath. Gracie didn't want to get a bath, but she did need one. I was surprised and pleased that Jason wanted to take care of it, for multiple reasons, not just because I was attempting to get bags packed, but I think it built a little stronger bond for him and Gracie. Funny thing is, Jason brushed her just prior to the bath, and got quite a lot of hair off her, and then in the shower/bath there was all kinds of hair down be the drain, and then he brushed her again and removed more hair. I think Jason's comment was, "Dog, how can you have so much hair?" Anyway, right after he was done with that, Jason wanted to take his own shower and get cleaned up.

A short while after that I went to go pick up the girls and let their respective teachers know that we were going to be gone all next week, so not to look for them in class. Once we got home both of them wanted to help pack, though Stacy was much more helpful than Jackie. As things were put into the bags, sometimes Jackie would want to remove them and play with them. I finally gave her, her own bag to pack and she was kept busy for a little while. Tomorrow, about the only thing left to pack are their hair brushes and accessories and tooth brushes.

Tonight we went over to Anthony Netto's, for dinner, and had a very nice time. The girls enjoyed the new grill that Anthony has, and we ended up making burritos and fajitas. Both of them were getting tired so we came back home and I read them Bible stories and finally got them to bed. This allowed me to finish doing my packing, or almost finish. I still need to pack up my toiletries and such. Heading up to Livermore tomorrow and I think I can honestly say that all of us are looking forward to it. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, Take care and stay positive.

2 comments:

  1. We're part of a credit union and we can pretty much do everything online including depositing checks. Wish you could do something like that!
    Christ suffered and died so that when suffering is over here we might share eternity with Him! Praying that all went well today traveling and that you have a wonderful time in Livermore!!!!!!
    Isaiah 53:7-10: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

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  2. Christ suffered in our place that we might have the hope of Heaven! Always praying!
    Isaiah 53:11-12 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
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