Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 19, 2015

A great end to a wonderful weekend -

We came down, primarily to help celebrate a couple of birthdays, and we did. Yesterday was fun and we got to see and visit with a bunch of folks we hadn't seen in a while. Today, we started off by going to our old church and we were well received, by everyone. We were here a couple of weeks ago, and the minister was gone, as well as a number of the parishioners we know. Today, everyone was there and we felt special.. We could barely take three steps without having to stop and talk with someone. It felt very warm and loving, to have all these people welcome us back, even knowing that we were only there for a visit. Unfortunately, I believe it is our last visit for a few months, and maybe even longer.

We stayed with a friend, Debbie, and she has been a wonderful hostess. Debbie has felt the loss of her nephew who served with the Marines in Afghanistan. She can relate to some of the emotional stress associated with a combat loss.She allows us free reign and we come and go as we need. We have had a little more time, this time, to spend with her, but it still isn't enough, and we need to appropriately thank her for all that she has done. Linda and I will be working on this over the next couple of days.

Today we also got up to San Francisco, to visit with our youngest son, Sean. Before going we stopped to pick up George, our oldest son, and we took BART  (Bay Area Rapid Transit)in to the City. The girls had not ridden on BART in the past, so they were quite excited to go. Sean is looking much better than the last time we saw him, and I felt much better because of that. Last time we were here he was getting over food poisoning or the flu or something, but he didn't look too good. He is already on the slender side, and he had lost some weight - today he looked like he put all that weight back on, and his color was much better.

We ended the day by heading over to Mike and Karen's place to have dinner, and it was excellent. All the food was excellent and Ross, Karen's son, grilled the chicken to perfection. Karen's folks were there as well and it is always great to see them, so the evening went very well. Stacy was exhausted from the day and fell asleep before we ate, and Jackie was acting like it was just another day - she has some impressive stamina. We are now back and Debbie's and getting ready for bed. Thank you, for the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

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