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Monday, December 28, 2009

December 2009

the month of December was the Sufficiency of Scripture Conference. Every word of God is all we need. It is a letter of truth to each one of us. There were 2600 attendees. It would take pages to outline all the details that Scott, Deborah, Blair, David, Claudia and Peter with 4 Interns and many more accomplished. For more information please go the and to Doug's Blog on
Even though Bill and I spent most of our time at our booth, we were in a place where we could hear all the Key note speeches in the main auditorium.

Christmas at the barn. Presents for Triumph and Knox.

I am enjoying everything that is going

Lincoln logs for Triumph but the whole family gets involved.

Deborah made the most delicious "sticky buns" for Christmas and we all enjoyed them by the fire.

The Jason and Janet Dohm very thoughtfully and graciously drove us home from the conference. This is one of the fast food meal stops during the 10 + hour drive home from Kentucky. Oh, and Meghan, too.
What do you do to recuperate from a huge conference that has taken months to prepare and execute? Well, welcome visitors, bake Christmas goodies, enjoy the grandbabies( our great grandbabies, relax(?) and get ready for Christmas.

The Breagy visit

We celebrated our 62nd wedding anniversary by having a hamburger at the Remington Grill.

This is the lobby of the Marriott Hotel in Covington, KY were we stayed during the Sufficiency of Scripture Conference.

These are many of the Interns and volunteers that helped to hold every detail together.
Many people, young and old, came by our booth to talk to Bill about his WWII experience and to tell their stories of their own family members who were involved in the war. Of course, we enjoyed seeing many friends who came by to say, "Hi".

Jonathan Langford, one of the Interns from WA.
We had a booth set up to sell Kelly's book, Coming In On a Wing and a Prayer, The League of Grateful Sons.
Our daughter, Carol and her friend Christy Hagemeister designed and executed an Iwo Jima memento with a vial of Iwo Jima sand that was brought back in water bottles and back packs from Iwo Jima in 2005 when the film was made. Bill and a friend are showing the memento and Kelly's book below.
Abigail, Rebekah and Laura Dohm were delightful helpers and visitors to our booth.

We flew from CA to Indianapolis where Erica Daming very graciously picked us up at the airport at midnight. It was a long day of delays and delays because of weather but we finally arrived at the Daming home for a good nights sleep. The Dohm family from NC were visiting there, also. It was a treat to see them, too.
We woke up in the morning to see snow. Everyone was excited and the children could hardly wait to run and play in it. Here Isasc has come in to warm up by the fire.
Bill and Danielle are really taking advantage of fire.
Heidi Daming and Anna Dohm have come in to warm up after riding the dirt bike around the property.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
This picture is out of place because it is taken from the window of our hotel room in Covington, KY. There was a walk way from the Marriott Hotel to the convention center so we did not have to brave the weather.

In-and-Out Burger

What is the first thing that a person does when he first lands in California? He heads for the nearest In-N-Out Burger. This one is on the corner of Chapman and Placentia Ave in Placentia, CA just a few blocks from the Massari's house.
We lived in Fullerton for 38 years and have many great memories of raising our family there. One of the joys of coming back is catching up with our many friends and visiting the church we attended for so many years. We had lunch, or supper, or dinner with someone almost everyday and still there were so many we were unable to see.

Welk Resort

Preparing for company in the condo at Welk.

Norene and Don Kring live in Issaquah, WA but were visiting in Southern CA. They rode the train from Calabasas just north of Los Angeles to Oceanside where we picked them up. We had a wonderful three days together in Escondido.
Don Kring, Bill and Lawrence Welk at the Farmer's Market at the Welk Resort in Escondido, CA

Norene and Don Kring and Mary and Lawrence.

Orchid Street....California

Fred and Frank Startup, a neighbor solving all the world's problems.
The residents of Orchid Dr. welcomed a new couple to the neighborhood. This is a very stable street. It is rare that anyone moves in or out. Many have lived here for 30 to 50 years.

Christina baked a wonderful apple pie for Thanksgiving.

The weather was so beautiful that we ate out on the patio.
The Massaris got a new table and chairs just in time for Christmas.
The Christmas Neighborhood gathering was hosted by the Massaris, the Penners and the Hagemeisters. This is a great tradition to give honor and share Our Lord Jesus Christ to our neighbors.
Many Orchid Dr and Wilson Ave neighbors gathered for a Christmas Celebration. Carols were sung, the Christmas Story was read by 4 men from the book of Luke, more carols were sung then goodies were eaten. It really was a wonderful way to begin the Christmas Season.
Everyone brought favorite cookies to be enjoyed after the singing.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

November 2009

Knox with his daddy celebration his first birthday on November 1, 2009.
Knox is not sure about what to do with this cake. He did touch it and shook at the thought of putting his hand into that gooey mess.

David celebrated his birthday on November 5th. Look at his reaction when he received a toilet for his 18th birthday. He laughed and said, "What 18 year old gets a toilet for his birthday"?

Well the answer is the one who is building a house for his betrothed. He also received a bathroom basin and a kitchen sink.
Monica, his fiance is enjoying the gifts, also.

Lester and Jerome were out hunting for just an hour and bagged these three deer. They were very happy hunters.