May 13, 2016

Happy Friday the 13th!

Actually, this has been a good week, over all. It started out a little on the shaky side, as our Fusion of the past seven years, died. We had about 64,540 miles on it, so the mileage was actually pretty low. The problem was that a cylinder and piston decided that they just didn't want to work anymore. I was driving to an appointment (more on that later) at the VA, and I got as far as the exit off the freeway. The engine literally stopped working just before the exit, and I coasted to the top and then pulled over to the side. I was out of traffic and then waited. I did still make the appointment (hospital was in walking distance at that point), and immediately after I called for a tow and walked back to the car. I was gone for less than an hour, so I was fortunate that the CHP didn't ticket the car. A couple of hours later the tow truck showed up - driver had been given bad information from his dispatch. I had him tow me to a Ford dealer.

Funny part is that Linda and I have been talking about the need for another vehicle for a couple of months now, so this kind of just forced the issue. I had been to that dealer, just the day before and so I was able to connect with the sales guy, and we talked, and we came to an agreement on what vehicle we could get, so we did. We bought a 2015 Mustang! Not particularly practical, but we need something that we (just the two of us) can get away in. If there is a need for us to take the girls somewhere we can always use the van, and the van is also fantastic for shopping and other errands. Anyway, we got a very good deal, price ended up being less than what a new Fusion would have cost, and they still gave us $3,000 for our car.

Jason is doing very well, and his one last wound is still closing up. . . slowly. We all would like to see it heal up a little faster, but at least any movement is better than no movement. The Wearable is doing its job very well, and Jason has no problems putting it on. Jason has been getting up more and having more meals with us, at the dinner table, and that is priceless. Linda and I are going to be getting away next week, for a couple of days, and we have coverage for when we're gone. This is a break we very much need, so we are thankful for both Semper Fi and the Navy, for helping us make this happen.

One quick story about the new Mustang - First, you need to know that it is a convertible. . . Today we picked up the girls, at the bus stop and walked them back to the house. We told them about the new car, and Stacy said she had seen it when they passed the house, in the bus. I asked them if they would like to go for a ride and they said sure, but didn't seem too excited about going for a car ride. That is, until the top went down, then they were both EXCITED to go for a ride, and started talking about 90 miles an hour. Stacy must have said, "This is the first time I've been in a convertible!" about a dozen times. Jackie was just as excited and loved going on the curves and hills, and we have a bunch of them around here. She was disappointed when we came back to the house. It probably wasn't more than a five mile ride, but it was the "best" car ride ever, for them.

This weekend should be another great weekend, Saturday we are all going to a Luncheon hosted by the North County Blue Star Mothers,  and on Sunday Linda's parents, Joe and Jess are coming over, and bringing our niece Anna with them. This will be her first time visiting here, though she also visited the Point Loma house, about a year ago. When we stop and think about it, we really have had a number of visits from family, and some of them have had to travel some distance to get here. What is nice with this house, now, is that we can offer them a place to stay.Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.


  1. Have fun with that car! Wow!
    The only source of true help comes from the Lord! Am here praying!
    Psalms 121:1-4 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

  2. The Lord will be with you no matter what happens, no matter what you have to face. Know that I'm always praying!
    Psalms 121:5-8 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

  3. The Lord will get you through anything! Praying!
    Psalms 90:13-17 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

  4. Our only true hope is in Him! Lifting up prayer right now!
    Philippians 3:9-11 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

  5. May the Lord give you this peace! Lifting up prayer to the Prince of Peace on you behalf!
    Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

  6. Any time you're afraid, turn to the Lord! Praying!
    Psalms 56:3-4, 13 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me...For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

  7. Still praying!
    Psalms 25:1-2a. 4-5 Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee...Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.


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