We had a great day today, and got to visit with a bunch of different friends we haven't seen in quite a long time. First it was a 90th birthday for Isabel, a wonderful woman who helped me through some times as a teenager, and NEVER said an angry word to me or anyone that I saw. She is the mother of a very good friend of mine and he and I have stayed in touch over the many years. Even though I kind of disappeared for a while, she still calls me her second son, Larry, my friend is an only child. Anyway, it was great to see her and to get to spend some time with Larry and the rest of the family, including cousins and other extended family. Linda and I had to keep helping each other remember people's names and partners. Stacy and Jackie stayed with us, during this event and behaved themselves just as we would have expected. We even received complements on how well they were behaving.
The second birthday was the 70th birthday for Russ Greenlaw, and he was as cheerful as he ever was and it was so good to see my old Boy Scout partner again. He and I spent about 24 years together as adult leaders for the Boy Scouts, in the Livermore area, and we had some really good times together, and with the boys. We even took them to Japan a couple of times and hiked Mt. Fuji (I believe Russ has actually been there 3 times). Again, Linda and I didn't know everybody in attendance, and that didn't matter, it was good to get together with the people we did know and renew some friendships. While we were at this gathering the girls stayed at a friend's house from church and their daughter, Sarah, who used to work for Linda when she had her day care business watched the girls.
We called Jason tonight, and woke him up. That wasn't the plan, just that's what happened. We wanted to give the girls a chance to say good night to Daddy, and I think he was happy to be disturbed this time. He said all was going well and we would be able to connect up with him tomorrow ... so we will. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.