We've had similar issues in the past, where the door gave us some challenge, but in the past, we have always been able to get it to work. Today was different. I spent about 15 minutes trying every combination I could come up with to get the door to open, and get the ramp extended, and it wouldn't work. We finally gave up and I took the girls to church on my own, and we got there about 5 minutes prior to services. Stacy had a good time, as did Jackie, though I know she wanted to sing for Daddy. I also know Jason wanted to be there, and Linda told me afterward that right after we left, in the Fusion, that Jason went for a "walk" around the block. He was pretty upset and wanted to calm down. I felt bad for Jason, but there really wasn't much I could do, with so little time to do it.
When we came home I immediately contacted the Marines and made arrangements to get the Semper Fi van, again, and within an hour we had the better van available for our use. We are going to see if we can just keep that van until Jason's new one is finally built, and we won't have to even think about that other one. I will simply give it back to the folks who gave it to us, and ask them to either get rid of it, or attempt to fix it for another person to use.
The afternoon was much better, as Anna, Jason's cousin, was able to come for a visit. Linda's parents were able to bring her by, since she is visiting with them. Anna is now 20 years old and going to college. The last time I saw her she was in junior high or maybe the sixth grade. She has grown into quite a pretty young woman, and she is a joy to be around. I would have liked for her, and Joe and Jess (Linda's parents) to have been able to stay longer, but they needed to get back home, so they left early evening, and we hope to get to see her again before she goes back home.
The rest of the evening and night went more relaxed and Stacy and Jackie were full of energy, as usual. Jason purchased them some swim goggles, to use for their up coming swim lessons, and they were running all over the house wearing them, and in their bathing suits. Finally things calmed down and we had a nice dinner and finally the day was over and they went to bed. The day started a bit rough but ended positive, and over all... I like it better that way. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.