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Friday, May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016

We (Linda and I) had a great couple of days with our son David and his wife Miriam, and their two boys Dylan and Ethan. It was Grandparent's Day at their school and we were invited to go. This was our third time for us going, and we had just as much fun this time as we did last time... but I'm getting a little ahead of myself.

We drove up to Los Angeles, Thursday morning. Our nephew Wayne, who works for Enterprise, was able to get us a nice discount on a car rental (again - Thank you, Wayne) and that way we didn't have to put extra miles on Jason's van, and the rental car got great gas mileage. Anyway, we decided that since we were heading up a little early it would be okay to do a little exploring and we started out on Interstate 15, rather than on 5. Everything was going great until the GPS decided to loose it's mind. It took us on an extra 40 mile loop, that ended up going backward for a little bit. It all worked out and it was an "exploration" after all, so we got to see a small part of California we had not seen before.

We ended up getting there a little later than planned and checked into our hotel but that was okay because Grandparents Day was on Friday, and we knew where the school was. Linda and I got up early this morning and headed over to David and Miriam's place. Miriam had to leave early, as she was also involved in a Grandparents Day at the school she is working at, so as you might imagine, they had a bit of a busy house for a couple of days.We got the boys in the van (we had a mini-van) and headed to their school. It was good seeing the school again, and recognizing some of the staff, and then the program began with a breakfast in the "Community Center."

While in the Center, there was a nice program where the different age groups got up and sang for all of us, while we were served a wonderful breakfast. Bonnie, the boys other Grandmother, was also there and we all sat together. Then there was a special guest singer - Neil Diamond has a grandchild attending the school and he came out and performed Sweet Caroline for us. Afterward we finished breakfast, and there were a few more people who spoke, and then the visits to the class rooms started. We actually ran into Mr. Diamond again a little later, and he is pretty much just a regular guy, who has some notoriety - - - and can sing. He also happens to be Linda's most favorite singer.

We went to the boys classrooms, where we were shown around, and they got to show us what they have been doing and what they have created. Because Bonnie was there we decided that we'd split up so that the boys each had a Grandparent in their classroom. It seemed to work out very well, and we had a great time with each of them, in their respective rooms. When we were done with that we all went to lunch together (me, Linda, Bonnie and the boys), and enjoyed some time just talking and having a very nice lunch together. Once that was done we headed back home, to Jason.

All this time Jason has been back at the house with the girls, and Joselyn. They were all still there when we returned, and though it is always a wonderful time being with the family in Los Angeles, it is still nice to get back home. Kind of like the feeling of getting home from a vacation. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

6 comments:

  1. The Lord is always right there with you, holding you tight! Praying!
    Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

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  2. Know that the Lord is on your side. Know that I'm praying!
    Psalms 118:4-6 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

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  3. Am here praying right now!
    Psalms 118:14-16 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

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  4. I think this is one of the most comforting passages in Scripture. Jesus is speaking directly to each one of us! Praying!
    John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

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  5. The Lord hears all who call to Him in faith! Lifting your name up to Him right now!
    Psalms 18:2-6 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

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  6. Strength comes from the Lord! Praying right now!
    Psalms 18:30-32 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

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