|Korey and Summuer came back from their convention in the Netherlands|
and brought us back some gifts from the friends there.
Boy this brought back memories of our trip
to Germany when we attended
the Regional Convention there 10 years ago!
What a joy!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
I haven't posted to my blog in awhile....
It's always hard to get your thoughts together
after you lose a loved one.
I had a hard time posting to my blog
back when we lost my Uncle Ducky.
But once you resume your composure....
you just have to continue on living....
This reminds me of when we lost my mother in law
shortly after we were married.
I remember Kim and I went to the San Pedro pier
with some friends to get things off of our minds....
We remember watching everyone around us
just laughing and carrying on with their lives.....
We thought to ourselves.....
DON'T THESE PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE JUST LOST OUR LOVED ONE!!!!!
But it occurred to us at that moment.....
Sad to say.....
But life DOES go on.....
It does not mean....
that we will forget our loved ones that we have lost in death.....
We can CHERISH the memories that we made with them until we see them again....
Aren't we grateful for those memories!!!
That's why I love having my blog....
Some are SAD.....
Some are TRYING at times.......
Some may be BUSY ....
Then there are CELEBRATIONS....
So it goes.......
LIFE AS WE SEE IT......
Here are some pics of what we've been up to in the few months.....
Let's Catch Up!
Since March we have been very busy with life in general....
My father had a stroke and has since then been placed in a nursing home in San Clemente....
The same week, our adopted daughter had a stroke and a heart attack....She is doing much better we are glad to report.
In between we have had numerous doctors appointments between Mom, Kim and Myself....
We have dealt with bouts of verdigo and I also had an absessed tooth that needed a root canal done on!!!
Oh yeah, it never ends!!!!
Through all of this we also are very active in our ministry
and our meetings at the Kingdom Hall.
But we are not the only ones that are trying to stay a float
in this crazy world we live in.
As 1 John 5:19 says "The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one"
So EVERYONE is affected....
"BITTER SWEET MOMENTS"
We began the month of May sadly with the loss of
Matthew Raymond Martinez...
His friends and family chose to celebrate his life as he loved it...
His services were held in his friend Jeremiah Risk's, backyard.
Jeremiah told us that Matt would come over there after work and skateboard with him long into the late hours
of the night.
|So everyone came to Jeremiah's house and those that skateboarded lined up their boards and|
celebrated Matt's life after the services.
|Friends and family gathered together to share many memories|
through tears and laughter......
|What a nice time with family and friends at the Harmon wedding.|
|The happy couple, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Harmon|
Ariel and Christopher's Wedding.....
|Our niece Ariel and her husband Christopher.....|
|This wedding was held in a beautiful setting on a horse ranch in wine country in Temecula.|
We celebrated the joining of these two lives together late into the night!
|Our son Kamron was having a blast reuniting with his cousins.|
Here is Kamron with his cousin Tyron.
|Kamron and his beautiful girl came down for the wedding.|
This was the first time we met Cass and she was absolutely lovely!
Can't wait to visit with her again.
|We FINALLY finished the remodel of the guest bathroom!!!!|
|Kitchen cabinets and flooring complete......|
|We have this large rock on the upper corner of our yard that is a fountain|
and each morning the birds love to come and take
They are so happy!!!
|In between the craziness in our lives Kim and I have also been restoring our camping trailer.|
Kim is working on the exterior and I am working on the interior.
We actually find it relaxing working on it.
|Kim has decided to change the colors and he is also stripping paint to make it look shiny.|
The pink is actually for Cae Cae who thinks this trailer is hers....
|Exterior is looking pretty good.....|
|I made curtains and recovered the cushions with extra fabrics.....|
|Made pillows with scrap fabrics and clothing.....|
|Got these beads at a yard sale and thought they would be perfect for my|
"Boho" look trailer......
|Curtains made with an old skirt and topper was a belly dancing scarf....|
|My "Boho" curtains.....|
GIRLS GET-AWAY WEEKEND......
|My longtime friends Robin Jensen and Rose Kitchen|
invited my mom and I to share a girls weekend with them
down in San Clemente.
|We sat on the pier and had some drinks and dinner.|
Robin's sister Beth joined us before she had to go home to her husband.
|The next morning me, my mom and Rose took a long walk down to the pier|
and had coffee and muffins.....
This was so relaxing!!!!
Much needed time to myself to just relax and smell the ocean.......
|This was our view from our balcony.|
At the top of the hill.....
|The only bad thing about walking all the way down that hill|
was you have to walk back up!!!
Mom and I having fun getting winded......
|I love walking to the end of the pier.|
So does mom.....
|Our view at breakfast on the pier.....|
Somehow the coffee tastes better by the sea.....
|We even saw mermaids.......|
|Rose made us a great breakfast the first morning.....|
|Robin and her sister Beth....|
Love these girls!!!
Monday, July 18, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
My heart is broken today as I reflect
on the caos and emotions that everyone goes through when they lose a loved one.
My prayers are for my families comfort
It doesn't matter who you are
what faith you are
how old you are
what gender you are......
we are ALL saddened by the death of a loved one
and everyone mourns in their own way.
Death is so unnatural.
The Bible speaks of death as an enemy.
And this is why we look forward to the time when Jehovah will do away with this enemy death (1 Corinthians 15: 26)
This week I read a timely article
dealing with the very subject
"When Someone You Love Dies."
I am so grateful that Jehovah has provided these tools for us to find comfort and that
I have a hope for my loved ones that have died
that I know the truth about
my loved ones who have died
and the fact that I know
USE my Bible
to find comfort when we are faced with the death of a loved one.
If you have been affected by the death of a loved one
I urge you
to read this article on the right of this page
look up every scripture in your Bible
so that you can be comforted as my family has been.
We look forward to the day when we will see
and he will be smiling
and not in pain.
We look forward to seeing him again very soon
all of our precious family and friends
who have died
they await the day that they will be awoken from their sleep in the resurrection (John 5: 28, 29)
This is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Raymond Martinez
who was a very talented and sensitive young man.
Until we meet again.....
Friday, April 8, 2016
So, we've had more than the usual distractions and obstacles that have been keeping us from completing the remodel of our guest bathroom for the past YEAR!!!!
We are slowly making progress.....
The biggest obstacle has been money.....
But it will eventually get done.....
|This picture shows the pipes stubbed out for the tub|
the drywall now in place.
The wood also was being installed on the back wall to give it some texture.
|After the wood was installed we painted the walls.|
This insert had to be put into the wall so that we can accommodate the claw foot tub.
I'm thinking about doing a decorative mosaic
or some rustic shelves inside of
to hold some bath salts.
|I love the way the wood-look tile and the rock blend together!|
It's slowly coming together......
Thanks to Pinterest!!!!!