Day 353: Today I praise God for two very funny bother in laws! Both of my sisters have married very different men.....but both have such a great sense of humor.....in different ways! I can be around both and just laugh my head off! One of Gods great gifts to us is humor and laughter. I wish we could put my two very funny bother in laws in with my very funny husband all at the same time......honestly I don't know if my bladder could handle it! I am so thankful that God gave us ALL great and funny husbands!
Day 354: Today I praise God for the opportunities that He has given me that could only come from Him! God gave me the chance to go and visit my sister in Malibu.....Me.....Country girl with my Country man and daughter.....in MALIBU! Hehehe......God is so good! He put certain opportunities in front of me and gave us the ability to go.....when really there should have been no way...and for that, I can't thank Him enough!
Day 355: Today I praise God for a safe day of travel and a blessed day of reunion! We started the day quite early.......5:00 early, and we did not stop until about 1:00 a.m. California time (that is 4:00 home time)! The plane ride was about 5 hours and a bit bumpy....but relatively uneventful....except for Chris.....he was on the isle seat with a jack in the box......hehehe! Once we arrived, we were met by Rob, my brother in law at the airport for the ride to the BU! I could hardly wait to see Luisa.....and Will.....and of course Rob too, but we were with him! It has been three very long years since we have seen them and I have missed them with all that is in me! The hugs when we arrived were PRICELESS! Will has grown so tall.....and turned into a young man for what seemed to me overnight! We had a wonderful evening eating diner across from the beach......almost getting run over (well, technically Rob almost hit Will....hehehe...not really but we gave him a hard time about it!), and catching up for hours! I was so greatly blessed and I praise God!
Day 356: Today I praise God for one of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen! I praise Him for way more than that, but this was how my day started! I was first up, and my camera was quickly picked up! The colors were spectacular and they changed minute by minute! I posted the collage of pics I took from that morning.....and I have to tell you, very little editing was done! We had a wonderful first full day that was full of surfing, food, fellowship and FUN!!!!
Day 357: Today I praise God for the opportunity to Worship with the Shearer family! The church that Luisa, Rob and Will go to is a church on the beautiful campus of Pepperdine. We went to Church and we shared communion in celebration of the birth of Christ. They do their music accapella......which we all know I love! At some points in the music there was a beautiful four part harmony coming through! Will and Rob were both ushers and it made me quite proud to see them serving in the church. Their pastor is from Australia and he had a lovely accent as he preached the Word of God. When we let out, we had the chance to see part of the campus that you can't see from the road......and it was magnificent! God has really blessed Rob and Luisa with this job and their incredible home with one of the most stunning views I have ever seen! (I was trying not to covet my sister while there.......hehehe.....but I am sooooo happy for them and the beauty God has surrounded them with!) It was another incredible day and I was sooooooo blessed!
Praise Day 358: Today I praise God for the rain on this lovely Christmas Eve! Now, Luisa was terribly disappointed because it was raining, but we did not mind at all! It rained on and off several of the days we were there so I was not able to get pictures of the views since they were mostly in the clouds.....but to me....it did not stop the beauty! Because they have so little rain there, when it does.....the grass becomes the most beautiful green! They have deer that just walk around campus and don't run when they see you! We had another wonderful day of surfing, food and fun.....all while realizing how incredibly blessed we are!
Praise Day 359: Today I praise God for the Birthday of His Son Jesus! From the moment we woke up til the moment we went to bed......we celebrated! Luisa stared the day with her Happy Birthday hat and dance as we celebrated the birth of our Savior! It was one of the most incredible Christmases I have ever had.........and it revolved around celebrating with very few gifts that were monetary, but full of Christmas Merriment and Cheer! We played ping pong on the dining room table, a game that required teams and guessing (in other words, I forgot the name of the game, but it was fun!), an incredible steak, mashed potatoes and green bean dinner.......and watching CHRIS surf! I could not have been any more blessed, other than to have my WHOLE family with me! God is so great!
Praise Day 360: Today I praise God for a day that meant so much to Chris! Today Chris, Rob, Will and Chelsea went on a hike through the mountains to go see the location of the set where MASH was filmed! This was one of Chris's favorite shows and the set where the outdoors portions of the show were filmed was just a short drive away from where Luisa and Rob live. There were still parts of the set left like the signs and a few ambulances that were there. They all had a blast and were aptly whooped from the hike! This was one thing he really wanted to do, and God worked it all out!
Praise Day 361: Today I praise God for getting to see several different parts of California including Santa Barbara where Will goes to College, and downtown Santa Monica! Now, truth be told, I think we did some of this on different days, but we did so much I could not keep up with when it actually happened! In saying this, the one thing I am so thankful for is that I was able to see an incredibly beautiful school and know that my nephew is so happy in where God has led him to continue his education! Will is a wonderful young man and I know that God is going to use him greatly! Downtown Santa Monica is also a beautiful place! I have been so many different places in the US and in South America......and one thing I know for sure.......God has created such a beautiful world! I have seen sights that boast of the beauty of our God! He has blessed us beyond measure and although different areas can be vastly different.....they ALL have a beauty if you just open your eyes......and your heart! Even places that are not necessarily visually beautiful, you can see beautiful people with beautiful hearts! There is also a lot of ugly in our world, both visually and in some peoples hearts......but ALWAYS look for the beauty.....it IS there! Oh how blessed we are!
Praise Day 362: Today I praise God for a safe trip home and a chance to see ALL of our children and grandchildren all in the same day! The trip home was great, it just started really early......and my heart was sad at the same time because I had to leave my sisters family again, but God is good and gave us the chance to see each of our children, their spouses, and grandchildren! I have missed them so much and Christmas is coming a bit late with them., but it is coming tomorrow!!!! They are each so wonderful, beautiful, loving, and special in so many ways! We love our family and God just keeps on blessing us with an ability to see them and spend time with them! Today was a long and tiring day......full of emotion.....and full of blessing!!! May God bless you all and thank you for your patience with me as I caught up! Please do be praying about sharing your testimony for the 365 Days of Testimony starting on January 1, 2013! God is going to use it in a really big way......so please consider being used by God in a VERY special way! Just let me know if you need more in