Saturday, June 30, 2007

Vacation Day 3: Today was a lazy Saturday. I stayed up talking with Monica until 3 AM last night! It was great to have that time to catch up and share what's been going on in our lives. Slept in until 10:30 and woke up to a yummy and quite interesting breakfast my brother made... Fried green tomatoes!!!
I've been begging to have them and so he made me some =) Later in the afternoon we drove to Dawsonville to an outlet mall where little David wanted to do some shopping for his birthday. We had a pretty fun time browsing around.
Then we had dinner at Chick-fil-A where Margie had a grand time playing in the playground.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Vacation Day 2: Slept in... I think I'm still on CA time and didn't fall asleep until after 2 am. We had a slow start to our day. Finally got all the kids packed up and ready in the afternoon and we headed out for a drive through the country. Past through little towns with interesting names like Bethlehem, Monroe, Social Circle and Madison. We pulled over just outside of Madison to buy some boiled peanuts...Yum! There were lots of interesting old houses from the Civil War era and early 1900's. It's a different world.

After dark we headed back home. Did a Dairy Queen stop were I treated the kids to their favorite ice cream. As always there are tons more pics here:

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Vacation Day 1: Mulberry Park in the middle of Georgia somewhere! How do you spell vacation? Today we went for a hike with Timothy and the kids. We all had a blast and the hike was beautiful. In the afternoon we drove over to Lawrenceville and ate dinner at a little Italian restaurant called Cosmos. Delicious pizza! You can see all the pictures of our little adventure here:

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Getty Center & Greystone Mansion
Yesterday my friend Ben & I drove into LA to the Getty Center. The weather was perfect and sunny. We started by browsing through the gardens outside. Everything was in bloom and so full of so many colors. A beautiful reminder of God's creation. The exhibits inside were very interesting also. We saw the famous painting by Manet "Bar at the Folies-Bergere", a Van Gogh pen and ink "Portrait of Joseph Roulin", and a the wonderful collection of paintings by French artist Jean-Baptiste Oudry who painted a portrait series of exotic animals during the first half of Louis XV's reign. After grabbing a bite for lunch at the cafe there we were off to explore some more.

We drove through Beverly Hills to find the Greystone Mansion. Over 46,000 sq ft the English Gothic Revival manor home was completed in 1928 for the Doheny family. Unfortunately Mr. Doheny met with an untimely death (which is still an unsolved case) after just living in the house for six months. The house is closed to the public and you can just browse around the gardens and the grounds. It is up on a hill and has a great view of the city. The grounds are very beautiful. Then we ran into Steve, the park ranger, who kindly answered all of our questions and told us more about the history of the mansion. Then to our surprise he invited us to actually go inside! It was like taking a walk back into time. You can see all the pictures of our day here:

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

This weekend was a great time to be outdoors. Amazing California weather. Saturday morning we took a bike ride from Angels stadium in Anaheim to Huntington Beach and back. It was about 12 and a half miles each way along the Santa Ana River trail. I love cycling!

Then Sunday afternoon Grace and I took her dogs Roxie and Whiskey for a nice hike up through some of the hills in Fullerton. It was a beautiful day... sunny and nice. At the top of the park you could see for miles around. I am so thankful to be able to live here!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Today is the 63rd anniversary of D Day. As we remember those who fought so bravely let us also keep praying for all of our troops who are currently serving and fighting today.

Here is an excerpt from one of the speeches President Ronald Reagan gave at the U.S. Ranger Monument Pointe du Hoc, France June 6, 1984.

"Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.
The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge--and pray God we have not lost it--that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.
The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. They thought--or felt in their hearts, though they couldn't know in fact, that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4 a.m., in Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying, and in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.
Something else helped the men of D-Day: their rock-hard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer he told them: Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we're about to do. Also that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkness for the promise God made to Joshua: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.''
If you would like to read the entire speech you can find it here:

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Danskin Women's Triathlon Sprint





What an amazing day

Thanks for everything Dez!

more pics here: