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Colorado 2011

Hello everyone!

Just a quickie!

If you want to follow our church high school group on their Colorado trip, here is a link

Our son Josh is one of the group. He will be a junior this year. They have made their first stop in Nebraska and are back on the road this morning. No further updates here unless it is important.

Check out my Thankfulness page! Updates there periodically and daily on the current monthly page.

Later, Harold


Hello Everyone!

Well I decided to expand on my thankfulness update on the blog today. So you get a double dose but more detail here.

Today was a voluntary work day for the JV football team from WA. The plan was to do some work around the house of a team member. It kind of expanded with the storms we have had lately. Their power went out and they ended up with over 15 inches of water in the basement. So some work inside the house got included on the list.

There were over 15 boys, their coach, a couple teachers, some dads, a mom and friends all onsite to help out and do what we could from 8-12 this morning. When Josh and I arrived and got the lay of the land we were sent inside. Me to do plumbing, but of course, and Josh what ever was needed.

I checked the furnace and got it working first, kind of out of my area but I was the closest to know anything about it. Then I checked the sump pumps, working okay, lit the water heater, okay, made a temporary repair on the laundry sink waste line and repaired the laundry sink faucet. More plumbing to be done at a later date.

Water damaged stuff was being tossed and gone over. The floor got swept by Josh with the wet-vac and general cleaning and sorting was going on.

Outside general maintenance was going on. Lawn care, brush removal, raking, weeding, bush trimming, trees cut down, lots of activity! The drain for the sump pump was found and trenched to the street with rock added. A down spout drain was trenched out and the piping, hopefully pitched, was all put underground and rocked at the end. Loads of debris were hauled away. I had Josh clean the gutters on the garage from a ladder, then I put him on the house roof to do those gutters too. He got about 4 buckets full of debris out in total and every gutter draining. The garage door operator was adjusted and gotten to work properly too. Probably more was done than I know about.

I am sure with their first week off from school gone, that these boys sure could have been doing other things on this Saturday morning. But they chose to volunteer their time and efforts to help a teammates family that needed some help. This family has gone through the husband losing his job, don’t I know about that, to his being diagnosed with cancer, terminal, the wife switching jobs to help out better financially, he dies after a short battle with the cancer and all the ramifications of everythingย  listed and whatever else I don’t know about. All in about a year or so!

My hat is off to those who organized today, to the boys and the work they accomplished and all the others who put in time and effort for today. It looks a lot better than when we started! More to be done at another time.

Way to go everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ Today you were the mind, the hands and the feet of JESUS! Serving the body of Christ in HIS goodness. A great representation of Wheaton Academy and the sports department and especially the JV football team!

Yeah team! ๐Ÿ™‚

Later, Harold

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hello Everyone,

Just want to say Happy Mother’s Day to every mom.

Especially to my Wife and my Mother-in-law, my three sisters, my two sister-in-laws, my wife’s sister and my wife’s two sister-in-laws. Also to my one remaining Aunt and my wife’s Aunt. I and we love you all!

If I listed cousins and more I would be here a long time and probably forget someone. A happy Mother’s day to all of you too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today is also a bit bittersweet. It is the second Mother’s day without my Mom. I wore a white flower in her remembrance today. Also six years ago my Dad died on Mother’s day. We had all gathered at the VA hospital for a family lunch to be there with Mom and had a good time. He died later that evening.

Wedding 1945

My parents when all eight of us kids were just sparkles in their eyes! My Dad was then sent to war over in the Burma Road theater.

Last picture together

They made it 60 years together! This is one of their last pictures.

One of my Moms last pictures

This was not a last one, but it was the best one, about 5 months before she died.

They had eight kids, 18 grand kids and I think at last count 11 great grand kids! That’s from only 6 grand kids, so more to come! ๐Ÿ™‚

They raised us right. To respect our elders and others, love our country, took us to church, believe in God, Jesus and the whole Bible and to live right and raise our families.

They had that heritage passed down to them and they passed it on and now I am doing my best to pass it on to my kids.

Thank God for parents and today especially for our Moms. Without them we wouldn’t be here!

I love you MOM and DAD! Until we meet again.

Your Son, Harold


Osama Bin Laden bodily dead, but….

Undated AP Photo

Hello Everyone!

The hunt is over!

In a covert military operation carried out by our special forces, Osama Bin Laden has been killed. I can’t say that I am terribly saddened by this. In fact I guess you could say I feel like in a book the chapter ends, turn the page and a new chapter starts. This guy had it coming. We all knew it, he knew it, it was just a matter of time until justice, as we see it, from our view point as humans, was dealt/given. It finally was. A military operation well planned and acted upon and executed. (literally?)

With that closing a chapter ends. What will come next?

On another tact. A human life, and others, was taken. The body is now without life. But the eternal soul lives on. This soul has now been dealt with by its maker, GOD. The question to this soul is what have you done with Jesus. The answer is basically (yes or no). Do you believe or not? Only GOD knows the true answer of the heart. We see the outside, the actions taken and the words said. GOD sees the inside, to the heart.

If the answer was I do not believe or no then sorry to say the soul of Osama is in hell. He will be separated from GOD for eternity. In a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth, eternal punishment.

My friends and readers, the question above is asked of you also. What have you done with Jesus? Do you believe? Really believe deep down in your heart? Do your actions and your words convey this belief? GOD knows.

If you say no, then your eternal soul will go to the same place as Osama Bin Laden.

But I’m not that bad! I do good things!

Sorry, but the answer to that question is all that matters.

You can have life eternal in heaven with GOD or be eternally separated from GOD. It all depends on your individual answer to the question. Before life in your finite body ends. When will that be? Today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, a couple years, 10, 20, 30? Do you know the answer to that too? I know I don’t!

My friends and readers. We just passed Easter. A time to celebrate GOD’s son JESUS, the Christ, the Messiah, who after living a perfect sinless life, gave His life on a cross for all/your/my sins. But He did not stay on that cross! He was buried and resurrected by the power of GOD. He presented himself alive, in bodily form, that was touchable, to many people! Well over 500 eyewitnesses!

It is this belief, the answer yes, to Jesus that will give you eternal life with HIM in heaven. It is a gift freely given to you. All you have to do is believe! It is that simple, yet for many that hard and unbelievable.

The question is not what would Jesus do. That is good for taking or not taking action.

My friend and reader, the question is what have you done with Jesus?

Your answer will determine your future eternity!

Later, Harold

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