Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Day On The Beach...Photos.

The Perfect Day...
Balboa Beach, California
The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will,
Peace, be still!
Whether the wrath of the storm tossed sea,
Or demons or men, or whatever it be
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean, and earth, and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, be still! Peace, be still!
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, peace, be still!
 People running from the huge waves...




 Love them...


 Cousin time...

 Precious daughter in law...
 More cousin time in Malibu...




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Disneyland...


Hi! I missed you guys.
It's been a fun and crazy summer. It's been full of Camp Blue Haven Youth Camp, lots of church meetings and focus and a great trip to see our kids in Phoenix and then a weekend in California. Just a heads up- if you don't care anything about seeing pictures from Disneyland you might want to click on to another blog. Oh yes, there will be somewhat witty comments about the pics but still- it's a Disney loving blog post. :)

We enjoyed a few days in Phoenix with our sweet oldest boy and his wife. (More about that on a later post.)
We stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts in honor of our nephew and cousin Colt McCoy because well- we love him and we love coffee. 
The perfect stop. 
This throwback picture was taken about 15 years ago.
The last trip we took to Disneyland.
What cutie pies.
We thought we would go back and relive our childhood memories and our precious new daughter in law had never been so off we went for the fun. Aren't they goodlookin?
Perfect picture. Goofy. All.
Especially the boy in the red shorts. He makes me smile.
Yes, Disneyland has a Starbucks. Made the experience just about perfect. There is that face again. We have never ever taken a serious picture of that boy I don't think. He is entertaining though.
Tradition for our family is that we walk in and ride the train and then see the Lincoln exhibit. We were the first ones in that morning and they let us have the whole theater to ourselves. It was way cool. Below are two of his famous quotes. What a man he was. I think he was extra special. I think that is because he knew God was His guide and represented the absolute truth for life.
 "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day." Lincoln Observed: The Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooksedited by Michael Burlingame (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998), p. 210.

"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume I, "Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (January 27, 1838), p. 109.

It's a small world. It was a little small for our large boys.
They were troopers. There were, however references to some scene in "Shrek" while boating through.
 The parade was magical.
 Tinkerbell...
 Mary Poppins. Practically perfect in every way...
Beautiful girls. Our daughter in law would make a lovely Disney princess.
Yes, she would.
 Ariel...
 Mr. Toads wild ride...Hilarious.

 Splash Mountain...
 Mickey himself...
 Absolutely breathtaking fireworks...

 My sweet family and Walt...
So- thanks for joining me on this trip down Disney vacation lane.
It's been fun.
Talk to you soon.
(Oh, look- a normal smile.) :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

46 Years of Fundraising (Friend making)...

Our wonderful DaddyBob, my husband's father is retiring at the end of the summer and he was thrown an incredible retirement party last week. It was so fun to see lots of the friends he has made over the last 46 years. A life so well lived.  He is with out a doubt one of the best fundraisers in America but even more important- he is a disciple of Jesus Christ and has shared his love for Him with all people he has come in contact with. So thankful for this man. 
 Wonderful article on DaddyBob's work at Texas A&M.
Texas A&M Fundraiser- Bob Walker Retires After 46 Years...
 Don't these cakes look too beautiful to cut and eat?

 Clayton Williams said a few words...
 My handsome husband, Uncle Jim and DaddyBob...
 Clay Bright, son of Bum Bright...
The best part was being with family.
It's always too short, but always sweet...

 His grand kids from Colorado got flattops that day. So handsome...
 Precious girls..
 Always fun with this guy...
Randy Matson also spoke.
You may remember that he was a two
time Olympic medalist in the 1960's.
He is a wonderful, Godly man.
 After party get together...
So- congratulations to a wonderful man.
He is one of the best fundraisers but even more important-
he is a super Grandfather and loving man of God.
We love you DaddyBob!