Iwo Gima

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Marine Corps Marathon

Saturday, December 14, 2013

December 14, 2013

Today I was greeted by Stacy, while I was still in bed, and she wanted to know when I was going to be getting up. It is unusual for Stacy to be up and Jackie remaining in bed, but I guess she was tired.  Anyway, by the time I did get out of bed (just a few minutes) Jackie had come up and now both of the wanted to play on Grandpa's bed. They like to jump on it, and since it is so much bigger than their beds it is much more fun. I let them play for a few moments then told them they needed to get back down to their room and that I would be done in just a couple of minutes... which I was.

After breakfast we (Stacy, Jackie and I) put together the Christmas tree that was have had for a couple of years now. The girls were very excited, especially since we already have some presents under it. We had a good time or an hour or so and then I told them they needed to get out of their pajamas and into regular clothes, so we could go shopping - Costco specifically. I told Jason that we would be going soon and he said he wanted to go with us. This kind of surprised me, since he said he was planning to stay down all day, but I try to be flexible. As we got into the van Jason said he wanted to go to the hospital, to go visit the new Marine who had recently been injured in a motorcycle accident. He lost his leg, up to the hip when a car ran a red light and hit him - it was a hit-and-run type accident, and I do not know if the other driver was caught. Anyway, we ended up going over there first.

The visit was a good visit, and I'm glad we went. It was good for Jason to get out and go visit another injured Marine, where Jason could provide some support and encouragement. It was also good to meet the guy's family, and I was able to speak with them for a few minutes. The girls were remarkably good, though they are pretty comfortable being in the hospital now. I was able to have the conversation without too much distraction. The visit lasted for about an hour, and Jason gave them some good information and felt the guy was doing very well, considering that the accident only happened about two weeks ago.

When we first got to the base we noticed a bunch of older cars there, and then a rather special one. The Ghost Busters Mobile was also there. None of the actors, just the vehicle. It was kind of neat to see, though the girls didn't think anything about it. Found out later it was all part of the Toys-for-Tots program that the Marines are involved with. Anyway, we just kind of walked on past it and didn't even stoop.

Our next stop was Costco, and we went in ready to pick up some things. I even had a list that I put in my pocket. I have a regular route I take, when I go through Costco, and today was no different. By the time we were done picking up the cereal we needed I stopped and looked at the list (first time since coming into the store) and found that we had in fact loaded up the basket with exactly what was on the list. I felt pretty good because I have a reputation for going to Costco and almost always picking up stuff I really don't need.

We got back to the house and it was past the girls' nap time. Fortunately we did take the time to stop and get them some lunch, so now as they are saying they are tired we can quickly get them to bed and not have to worry about putting a lunch together. The rest of the day was just a matter of relaxing and enjoying each other's company. Tomorrow should be another laid back day. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

2 comments:

  1. I couldn't do that. I'd have to look at my list!
    Glad that you and Jason could help that family. It has to be so overwhelming at the beginning...
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    Psalms 63:5-8 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
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  2. Am here praying!
    Psalms 27:1, 4-5 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?...One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
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