May 24, 2016

Lots of updates, and I truly apologize, but I don't have any new pictures to post. I will do my best to get a couple for tomorrow - and make another post.

First of all, Jason is doing very well. His one remaining wound is continuing to heal and close, and we are all very anxious for it to finish up. Everything else has completely closed and if it wasn't for the fact that I know where they were, I would be hard pressed to point them out, specifically. Jason is also experimenting with different hobbies. He has been interested in guns, and has collected a few, over these past couple of years. Fortunately, one of the first things he did was to purchase a large gun safe, and it IS very large (weighs in at over 1/2 a ton, and also bolted down to the floor). He likes to get out and target practice, and he is getting pretty good, even with his pistols. Considering the damage that was done to his hands and nerves, this is a big deal. He is also very particular on how his guns are stored, and keeps them clean). He also has gotten into making mead, or honey-wine. He has been able to make a couple of batches, and they have an interesting flavor. One of them in particular, is very smooth, and their alcohol content is apparently right there where it is supposed to be. Finally, the newest interest is tropical fish and a fresh water aquarium. Right now he only has six small fish in the tank (75 gal.), and the water is amazingly clear. It is kind of fun watching the fish, and Linda and I (and the girls, too) are wondering what the next fish are going to be. Actually, I'm just glad to see him get out and do other things, as it shows he is feeling better all the time.

There have been a couple of changes on our side (mine and Linda's), too. The Fusion engine quit on me, a couple of weeks ago, while I was on the freeway. I was headed to a VA appointment, for me, and I knew the car was getting close to breaking down. I had hoped that it would get me to the appointment, and it almost did, though I did have to walk the last couple of blocks. The car died on the exit ramp, and I just coasted to the end of the ramp, and then pulled completely to the side (I was able to get totally out of the way of traffic). Because there is a need for us to have a vehicle we had been looking at other cars, and this kind of just forced the issue. Anyway, we went to the dealer (Linda met me there) and were able to drive off with a new Mustang GT. It was a bit more care than we expected to get, but the price was too good to pass up (actually got it for under invoice), and it was sort of a dream car for both of us anyway.

The girls will be ending their school year in Fallbrook, in a little over a week, and they are both kind of excited to have another summer to look forward to. They are both getting bigger and growing so fast, and it is very challenging, especially for Linda, to make sure they have clothes to wear, that fit. It seems like Linda is going shopping for them about every other week. Of course the girls don't mind, they like getting new clothes. Jackie used to be able to just get Stacy's old clothes, but that doesn't work so well anymore, as Jackie and Stacy are becoming two distinct sizes and shapes.

Finally, we hoping to actually take a vacation this year. We're renting a motor home and heading up to northern California and making a few stops along the way. Jason will not be coming with us, as he is more interested in getting the wounds to finally heal, and he wants to put the time in on his new hobbies. We're actually only going to be gone for about a week, and the girls are going to be very excited when we get to The Jelly Belly Factory, as well as the Monterrey Aquarium. Funny thing though, the one place they have been talking about most is Livermore. They have some very good memories about our house and the times in Livermore, and so they want to be sure to get a chance to see the old homestead again. We will be selling soon, so this is probably going to be their last chance to see the house. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.


  1. The Lord is with you, every second of every day! Continuing to pray!
    Psalms 23:4-6 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

  2. Our true help comes from the Lord! Praying to Him right now for you!
    Psalms 40:5, 11, 13 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. (11) Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. (13) Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.


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