Thursday, July 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, Danny!

It's your golden birthday TODAY!!

I love you . . . and wish I could be in GR to give you a real crown. Please accept this virtual one, instead.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dad!

My dad would have been 90 today! All of the press about the 40 year anniversary of the walk on the moon brings back memories of his 50th birthday. We were up in Cedarville, Michigan -- one of my favorite places -- and we celebrated his birthday there and then watched Apollo stuff on TV. Cindy didn't come with us because she was getting ready to get married a few weeks later. She and Don sent a shoebox full of silly 50th, 'getting old' gifts. 4 days later, we watched the moon walk (no, not Michael Jackson's - Neal Armstrong's)

This is one of my favorite pictures of my dad, taken in Cedarville a few years before that. He looks so young, relaxed and happy and that's just the way I want to remember him! If I could have just one day to live over again, it would be one of the Cedarville days, I think.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Facebook & other stuff

I haven't updated in months! I've been sending more time on Facebook and less blogging. For some reason, I really DO care about what all my friends are doing, even though I don't think they care about the minutia of my daily life. Facebook is a great way to communicate something with lots of people quickly, though.

In March, I was able to learn about an urgent prayer need for the son of a couple we had known when we lived in Ohio. He had a flesh-eating Strep infection, lost both legs and had an absolutely miraculous return from what the doctors were saying was certain death. Blake Haxton is a living miracle & a witness to the power of prayer and an awful lot of people learned of his prayer need through Facebook. If you're interested, you can find the Columbus tv stations' and Glenn Beck's stories about him on youtube.

On the lighter side, Facebook also allows me to know what my friends eat for breakfast and when they leave to go grocery shopping.

Oh well...

This weekend we were in Cincinnati for Don's annual golf tournament. Cindy, Crit and I were also able to go with Aunt Gene to tour the living arrangements available at the retirement residence she'll be living in. What a wonderful thing to find a 2-room suite with a great view! She's genuinely excited about it and, rather than look at her broken hip and new home as the end of something, she's looking at it as a new beginning.

Our entire family got to spend time together at a cookout at Paul's house & it was wonderful to see everyone and just hang out. I hope we can do things like this more often, but since we're spread out over 4 states, I don't think that's likely.

When I get some pictures from the weekend, I'll post them.
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