Be sure to use the spoon when you get your treats today. These all natural high-protein treats are all the rage at GTY today.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
We went to a Bible study picnic at a park in Valencia. Agop the chef prepared a huge spread of ethnic Armenian food. It was all too delicious. We are trying to arrange a marriage between one of their girls and one of our boys so we can get the recipes! Who wouldn't want to cook on swords?
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Saturday, August 20, 2005
We took some friends downtown today to see the sights. At the Red Line station in North Hollywood we found two policemen riding Segways. They were telling jokes and having a good time. They ended up on the subway with us. Yes we have a subway in LA, it has over 67 miles of track, and police on Segways. What's your subway have?
Friday, August 19, 2005
This is my friend John Daley in front of his favorite DelTaco - the one in Barstow California. I've eaten at this on several times over the years, and I too find it to be better than the average DT. I think it has something to do with their generous use of cheese.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
All the GTY international directors had their pictures taken today. It has been a blessing to hear how God is moving in their countries. They are all getting ready to visit the Grand Canyon on Wednesday. I will miss them all, but they will be back in two years.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
What do you do when you have all the directors of a ministry in one place? If the ministry is Grace to You, you have a party. You invite your staff and volunteers to a luncheon, and you have a great time of fellowship hearing how God is working all over the world. We had a great time. GTY does these events with great aplumb.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Sunday, August 07, 2005
An expensive free ticket. I had a free ticket for Universal Studios; it expired today - but I could convert it into an annual pass if I went to Universal today. We thought how hard could that be?
After paying $10.00 to park in the full sun, we walked to the entrance. I gave Kerry some cash to buy the boys some snacks while I ran in to get the free upgrade. While I was fighting the lines, Kerry was being bumped into while looking in a store. Moments later she realized that her cash had been stolen from her purse.
The purps must have been watching when I gave Kerry a huge roll of cash. What they did not know was I gave Kerry a roll of ones with a few fives inside -- total $20.00. They must have followed her into the shop, and reached into her unzipped purse when they bumped into her.
We hope they buy some bad sea food with the money, so they can go to the hospital and have a pastor visit them and share the Word of Life with them. Or that God would convict them for their sin.
Who whould have thought that LA's Citywalk would be so filled with sin?
Friday, August 05, 2005
Hospitals are are a hard place to be a kid. Cooper has seen more TV since he's been in the hospital than he has in his whole life. Not really but it seems that way. I convinced him that we should go for a walk. We went to the play room. We played for about half an hour, read some books, then did laps around the ward.
His blood work is still improving, but he has more tests. We are hopeful we can go home soon.
We've been encouraged by the emails from friends and others who have praying for Cooper. Thank you.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Cooper's tests have been better. His white count is where it shoud be. But they will not let us go for another 24 to 48 hours. Cooper is getting used to his IV leash. We must measure all his liquids in/out so that makes some things more fun. I think we can make these schools days because we are learning the metric system.
My mom and dad stopped by, so Kerry and I took a walk together. We found the hospital garden. No charm or peace. The fountain was a bit of nothing, all the tables were dirty, and the main HVAC unit was just above our heads droning at about 75 dB. We enjoyed our time in the garden of the damned.
California has a ton of laws. There is a new one for hospitals where all minors must be electronically monitored. Cooper has a Martha Stewartesque ankle tag. He cannot leave the ped center or go near the emergency stairs with out an escort key, or the alarms go off. I guess with all the divorce and custody issues, some parents try to steal their children while they are in the hospital. Wow one of the alarms just went off down the hall - very loud. Still no news. I was struck by the emptiness of the world - our non-Christian friends have said things like 'we are thinking about you' and 'hope it all works out well for you'. Our Christian friends have said 'we are praying for you'. We take great joy in knowing that people are pleading before our great Saviour that Cooper will be made well. What an encouragement that they are not only thinking of us, but that they are joining with us in prayer.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
So we woke up this morning at Cooper was not feeling well. His heart was pounding and he did not look right. After a trip to urgent care, we were sent to the hospital to be admitted in pediatric ICU. After a bit we were actually put into regular peds! They do not know what's wrong with him, but with all the blood they have drawn they should have enough to clone him.