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I shot this picture when I was just about to get on 101 N from Highway 25.  January 26, 2011.  The hills turn a beautiful emerald during the winter.  It is beautiful.  The temp yesterday was 70. 🙂  Yes!  I’m enjoying winter.

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Yosemite!  Need I say more?  It doesn’t matter how many times I go to Yosemite the effect is always the same. Breathtaking!  WOW!  And, Yosemite in the Spring when the water falls are so full from the melting snow is absolutely beautiful. I’m so thankful we had this day of relaxing and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. Enjoy!

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Here’s a few pictures I took today. The hills are so beautiful this time of year. The winter rains make everything so green. In the summer the hills turn golden but all the trees are in full bloom and green. It is beautiful then too. It’s like God drapes the hills in gold velvet and then takes a handful of emeralds and sprinkles them across the landscape. I’ll try to remember to take some photos in the summer too. Enjoy! (you can click photos to enlarge)
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In Santa Cruz on a

convertible ride.

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some surfers having a good time

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“Sailin’ takes me away…”

Today in Hollister

around the neighborhood.

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In what began in 1992 as one man’s dream and a heartfelt gesture, Worcester Wreath Company initiated the Arlington National Cemetery project – donating over 5000 wreaths each year to adorn the headstones of our fallen veterans.

2006 marked the 15th anniversary of the Arlington Wreath Project.

It begins with a hand-made wreath, but Worcester Wreath President Morrill Worcester is quick to remind everyone who will listen, that “it takes a lot of hands and a lot of hearts to make this happen each year. It is our way of giving something back, because without the sacrifices of our Veterans, and their families, we wouldn’t be in a position to do any of this.

The Arlington Project is about the spirit of appreciation for what we have, and a determination to give something back.

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Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.

Know the line has held, your job is done.

Rest easy, sleep well.

Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.

Peace, peace and farewell…

We hear way to much about the bad things people do so I wanted to share something good with you today.  Blessings to you all.  May you have a blessed week-end. 

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A few days ago the “ghost” of Christmas Past came through my house and this is what it found.  Oh my!  We always have a good time at Christmas.  Since these pictures were taken, Keith, Mother and Daddy have gone on to their reward.  I am so happy that I enjoyed these times with them and that I have the memories.  It helps them to live on.  It’s also hard to believe that Nathaniel and Danelle have grown up so fast.  Yes, that really is true to all of you young mothers and fathers out there.  You really do say, “Where did the time go? It seem like just yesterday they were kids”.  I pray you have a blessed Christmas and that you make some wonderful memories with your family and friends.

 p.s. The Hurst side will come later.  The “ghost” hasn’t found all of those pictures yet.

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I don’t know if any of you have seen this but it is quite awesome. Enjoy 

 The Donner Memorial Bridge is a concrete arch span built during the 1920s near Donner Summit in the Sierra Nevada mountains, not far from Lake Tahoe, California. The bridge used to be part of US Route 40, the primary east-west highway for motorists traveling between San Francisco and Atlantic City, New Jersey until Interstate 80 was constructed during the 1960s.

Most of the traffic is gone, but the arched bridge is still there, and the views it provides remain top-notch. Telstar Logistics maintains a Forward Operating Base nearby during the winter months, so our Tactical Recreation Units visit this sector with some regularity. Which is why we took notice when Tahoe City operative Scott Gillespie sent us this wild, wild tale about very large bear that got stuck under the historic bridge last weekend, and how said bear was subsequently rescued.  Scott writes:

“I did not take these, but these are some amazing shots.  A bear was walking across Rainbow Bridge (Old Hwy 40 at Donner Summit, Truckee) on Saturday when two cars also crossing the bridge scared the bear into jumping over the edge of the bridge.  Somehow the bear caught the ledge and was able to pull itself to safety.  At one point the bear tested its ability to climb down by lowering its feet down the side but decided against that idea and pulled itself back up!  Authorities decided that nothing could be done to help Saturday night so they returned Sunday morning to find the bear sound asleep on the ledge.  After securing a net under the bridge the bear was tranquilized, fell into the net, lowered, then woke up and walked out of the net.”

The photos below show the trapped bear, the dramatic rescue, and a very nonchalant bear sauntering off thereafter. 

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 Lord thank You for another day

Within this life of mine…

Give me the stength to live it well

Whatever I may find.

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Bestow from Your abundance

Whatever I may lack…

To use the hours wisely

For I cannot have them back.

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Lord thank you for another day

In which to make amends…

For little slights or petty words

Inflicted on my friends.

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For somethimes losing patience

With problems that I find…

For seeing faults in other lives

 But not the ones in mine.

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Lord thank You for another chance

In which to try to be…

A little more deserving

Of the gifts You’ve given me.

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For yesterday is over

And tomorrow’s far away…

And I remain committed

To the good I do today!

Grace E. Easley

 

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Ecc. 4:9 (NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.

The generation we live in today is known as the “ME” generation.  However, in this selfish world we live in, we still need each other to survive.  Independence doesn’t get you very far.  Sometimes we feel like if we express that we have a need that it is a sign of weakness, or an open admission of failure and/or lack of character.  Furthermore, we are going and doing so much, who has time to have a meaningful conversation and share ourselves with others?  When we opt for isolationism instead of involvement we suffer bitter consequences.  Don’t buy into the “me-ism” mindset of today.  No one person is a whole team.  No one person is a whole orchestra.  Each one of us is a “musician” and if you take away one musician the symphony is incomplete.  We need each other.  You need someone and someone needs you. 

Our ladies retreat this year was just such a place of sharing and caring for each other.  We laughed together.  We cried together.  We played together.  We prayed together.  We studied God’s word together.  It was a great time of just being there with each other and carrying each others burdens for a few days.  It was a time of relaxation and calm.  We got up to Koinonia on Thursday Night.  Friday was a free day and it was great, swimming, hiking, etc.  Friday Evening, Rene Wilbanks spoke on “Building a Relationship with HIM”.  The Spirit of the Lord moved in such a precious way.  I cannot describe it here.  It was a beautiful move of God.  Saturday Morning, Rene Wilbanks spoke again and her subject was “I am not Content to stay Uncontented”.  It was something every lady probably needs to hear.  Then, Saturday afternoon we played hard.  We hiked, did crazy things like the “NO FEAR” obstacle course (not me), rode the crazy trikes, hiked up the side of a huge mountain to slide down the mountain slide and then hiked back up to do it all over again.  LOL  It was a fun filled day.  Saturday Night was very, very special.  Our theme was, “Reflecting HIS Image”.  I had several of our ladies speak and they all did a SUPER job! 

Patricia Hurst spoke on, “Reflecting His Image through: 

Personal Evangelism 

Faith Nava:  Personal Relationships

Danelle Silveira: Music

Tena Valenti: Giving of your time and finance. 

Christina Atkinson: Teaching in the Public School System (or, when you can’t talk about Him, how do you Reflect His Image?)

Dorothy Hurst: Faithfulness

And then I wrapped it up with speaking on; Reflecting HIS Image with “Kind Words”. 

We had a great time and everyone left being blessed and lifted up.

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Here are a very few pics of ladies retreat 2007, enjoy:

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August 10, 2007 we were at the Southeast Asian Conference in Stockton, California.  These people are precious!  We met so many new friends and enjoyed the worship with this fine conference.  Bro. Coolbaugh, missionary to Thailand brought the message for the evening and it was great.  Bro. Bunthean Nhothsiri interpreted the whole service and I was in awe.  Here’s a few pictures of the evening.  Enjoy.

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