It’s been a while since writing to you, but this is my attempt to summarize since posting last – more than a month ago. Sometimes in this life all of your options need to be set aside to gain perspective and restart.
I had an absolutely fabulous time in Vietnam. It was so different than I imagined and really fell in love with the country, its people, and aspects of what we experienced. If I should have the opportunity to return, I hope it will be soon. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, I was able to post most pictures and stories of what we did there. Here is a brief gallery of some of the pictures that I took:
Opps! On the tribal meeting house pic.
When I did finally get back earlier this month, I had to have a re-evaluation of my life and goals. The basics haven’t changed, just some of my heart issues and seeking the will of God in my current circumstances. I am still living away from my real home and caring for my mother-in-law and her home out of town. I miss my kids and husband, but I see them frequently, either here or there. I have peace and I am happy everyday.
There is new direction coming and new purposes for this season, and I can’t wait to implement them. More to come on those. Here is a glimpse of what I’m working on and not nearly finished yet.
Coming soon! New attractions and old things made new…
We finished out our two week road trip vacation with Disneyland and beaches in Southern California. Here are some of the fun things we saw at “The Happiest Place on Earth” first. We arrived at 7:00 am and an empty parking lot (smile), but we had a purpose for being there so early, we boarded our dogs at the Kennel Club inside the park. It was only $20 for the day (first come, first served) and the lady who was in charge of the kennel has gotten rave reviews for her service… She was excellent! Our dogs (Gigi and her cousins Colby and Lorenzo) were really happy there, I guess they were officially Disney Dogs. Enjoy!
We had a fabulous time!!! It was a great day – all 17 hours there (7am to 12am). We did every thing: Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Runaway Train, Tom Sawyer Island, the Haunted House, and so many more. We did a lot of shopping too, souvenirs galore, and we want to go back. I hope you plan a trip there with your families and add great memories of time together.
Finally, we rested after traveling thousands of miles, eating every cuisine on the planet (first time eating Korean food!), seeing wonders of the Southwest and enjoying every minute! Fun, fun, fun!
We have finally taken some time off and I thought I’d share some of the exciting things we’ve done so far. We were planning our vacation to go see our son and his family in Texas and at the last minute we had to change our 2014 road trip to an entirely different direction,but we have not regretted it in the least.
The first day we drove eleven hours to Las Vegas where it was 108 degrees!
Next Stop: The Hoover Dam
My husband is really interested in how things were built and the Hoover Dam has always fascinated him, so we had to stop and check it out.
Then the Grand Canyon
A huge thunder storm rolled in – in Arizona they call it a monsoon – with thunder and lightning. The lightning caused several fires burning during the rain which made the skies almost black, not the nice sunny day we were expecting. Wet and cold….after the 108 degrees in Las Vegas we were not prepared with warm jackets and neither were all the tourists. Everyone tried to find plastic bags to stay dry. Nevertheless, we found the Grand Canyon to be beyond spectacular.
Well, we are off on more adventures…many awesome memories so far.
My side of the family (as many of those who could make it) got together for a (hopefully annual) gathering in Nevada City, California, on Saturday. I hadn’t seen one of my cousins in many, many years and it was wonderful reconnecting.
Nevada City is a charming old, Gold Rush mining town situated in the lower Sierra Nevadas. The town is built on many hills, so some of the pictures I took seem crooked but were taken on multileveled streets. We ate lunch at Lefty’s Tavern and I had a “Frenchy” burger with carmelized onions, mushrooms and Brie cheese, with sweet potato fries. Obviously, a “Yum” facility (the green building with the red door below)!
Next to the Stone House was a cave, but there weren’t any lights on, so we only made it about 30 feet into the entrance before turning around.
It was a beautiful day to spend with family and we all came to the same conclusion: we have to do it more often!
The scrawny tree in the town square.
The most important thing to God’s heart is relationship and it should be the priority in our lives also. Most of what Jesus had to say dealt with the “one anothers” and the commitment that we should have in establishing and maintaining our family ties, friendships, and the care for those in our community. I want to encourage you to find ways to strengthen “the ties that bind” our hearts together in this coming new year and to be committed to laying our lives down for our friends (and family).