Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday 10 (written on Wednesday)

Since I thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca's blogI thought I would copy the idea-only one day late. Ha!

1. Packing the RV to move can be quite a feat, especially since during our stay in Iowa we have acquired a second tandem bike and a boat, complete with two motors, two folding seats, life jackets and oars! Are we crazy or what?

2. Already missing dear friends. During our stay in Iowa we played cards, ate delicious dinners, enjoyed a "free" bed and breakfast while the RV was in the shop, laughed over lunches, shared ups and downs while walking trails, and worshiped together.

3. Starting a gall bladder "diet" gives new meaning to BORING: no red meat, spices, dairy, gluten, sugars, alcohol, and CHOCOLATE????? Yikes!!

4. Love our new tandem! We will have many adventures with it in Italy, Germany, and Holland

5. Anxious to see and play with the grandchildren. I wear this apron often to remind me that Nani's grandchildren are so incredibly cute-even the one none of us have seen yet-Keaton Hunter Stall due in September!

6. Iowa corn is so incredibly beautiful this time of year. Everywhere you look, outside the city limits, waving fields of bright green showcase this state's pride and joy. Wish I was going to be here to taste those first succulent ears of sweet corn. I realize other states boast of delicious corn but believe me none compares to the peaches and cream grown in Iowa! Growing up on the farm my dad's sweet corn was so big you could not wrap your fingers around the ear and it definitely wouldn't fit on a dinner plate-honestly!

7. Fixing beef burritos for the gang tonight. Hunter loving his last night of good tennis with friends!

8. Bought another two biking jerseys today-matching mens and womans-for our tandem rides in Holland and Italy. I know we are a bit eccentric-matching outfits-really? When you are retired you can pull it off! Everyone thinks we are a strange couple anyway-biking in Europe in our 60s? This trip is on my "bucket list" so can't wait to check it off!!

9.Ready to get back to missionary work with MMAP-probably work in Florida November and December.

10. Love this poem. Good to reread it now and then and put it's principles into practice!

LORD, Help Me Bring Your Peace To All I Meet

where there is hatred, let me bring love
where there is sadness, let me bring joy
where there is darkness, let me bring light
where there is doubt, let me bring faith

Lord help me to not so much seek
to be consoled, as to console
to be understood, as to understand
to be loved, as to love

for it is in giving, that we receive
it is in forgiving, that we are forgiven
it is in dying that we are born again.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Biker Legs

We love biking-especially on our tandem. Weathermen may predict rain but that doesn't stop true bikers. A bit of thunder and lightening did cause a "layover" under a park's shelter. While there we feasted on God's color palette of green hues splayed across the landscape and enjoyed the sweet smell of spring. After the rain subsided we continued our 25 mile trip. The downside of riding in the rain can be seen in the photos. But we have ridden several days in bright sunshine-notice the biker tan!!