Wednesday, October 31, 2012

An Unwanted Houseguest ~ Sandy Pays a Visit

My mom lives in Barnegat, New Jersey, about a mile from Barnegat Bay and a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean.  Her house is less than a mile from the mandatory evacuation line that was set up before Hurricane Sandy hit land – about 45 minutes south of my mom’s house, near Atlantic City where this photo is taken.

Her home is fine, praise God, and not a bit of flooding reached her, no downed trees or damage to the house.  But she, and the surrounding neighborhood, have been without power for almost 48 hours now.  The temperatures are dipping and there is wind and rain forecast as well.

Please keep my mom Joyce and her partner Larry in your prayers along with the rest of the Eastern Seaboard.  She was just released from the hospital with possible bronchitis (possibly something else, the tests were inconclusive) on Sunday and lost power on Monday so that can’t be good for her physically.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A brief visit to Lassen National Park


While my mom and I were visiting my cousins Donnie and Ann in Burney, California, we took a little impromptu drive to Lassen Park, she had never been before.  She also has the senior’s Golden Pass which costs $10 for life for any of you seniors out there!  So although we only spent about a half hour in the park, it didn’t cost anything!


We’re so glad we went and saw such beauty!  Like my beautiful mom!


Such a cool, barren volcanic landscape!


But I still like this peaceful, inviting, glorious, stunning lake the best.  God, you make all things beautiful!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Surprise! I still have a blog!

IMG_4962Hi Friends!  Sorry I’ve been so out of touch.  Although I have things going on, I realize that I have this pattern every so often of disappearing from blog-land.  I always resolve not to disappear again but it seems to keep happening!

Well,I’m jumping in right where I’m at. I think that is one of the things that prevents me from starting again, as I always feel I need to start where I stopped and play catch  up.

So, without further ado, a little family photo album of my road trip with my mom from Oregon to San Diego to Las Vegas!  (but the photos are in the opposite order, oh well!).  That’s me and her at the top in New Jersey, the day before we left for our grand adventure!

IMG_5052Above is me, my youngest nephew James, sister Sandra, middle nephew Sean and my mom.  We missed you Randy!!


Sean and Grandma, looking sharp in black!


Me and James – when did he get so grown up?  I guess ten years in Africa will do that to ya!


Me and my sister Sanda, the bright spots of color!IMG_5032

In Oakland, my mom (left) and I got to have lunch with my three aunts, Bernie, Barbara and Norma and two of my cousins, James on the left and Mark in the middle.   I love these ladies!  What a treat to have them all together!


We stayed with my cousins Donny and Ann in Burney and spent one night with them in Reno too.


Up in Oregon with little Grace Lou Hoo, my cousin Alison’s darling daughter. 

We had a really good road trip except for some hiccups for my poor mom.  She fell a couple times, was sick one night but quickly recovered but then ended up getting quite sick at the end of our trip.  She had to cancel her visit to my oldest nephew in Texas and fly straight home where she’s still not recovered.  Please say a prayer for her that she improves fully and quickly!

But it was nice to take her to see so much family she hasn’t seen in a long time.  Love you Mom!