Wandering With The Wrights
I want to start this blog by thanking all Veterans for their service. This country is far from perfect but it is so much better than any place else thanks to the sacrifices of our service men and women and their families. Having been a Navy wife for many years I know first hand the sacrifices many make. Not us so much we had it easy but we had dear friends who sacrificed so much. My dad was a Marine, my late husband was in the Navy and our godson is in the Army. My cousin was career Air Force and three of his children have served. Many dear friends went to Vietnam and Jerry's son did two tours in Afghanistan. I don't want to start naming other friends & family as I know I would forget someone but THANK YOU ALL!!
Our last blog had us in Santa Paula, CA near Jerry's sister and step-sister and their families.
|Jerry, his sister Deena, Reta & Wally - Reta is Jerry's mom's cousin - we visited them two years ago and made the trip again to Yorba Linda, CA to visit. They are a delightful couple and we always enjoy ourselves.|
|Jerry enjoying the beautiful flowers in Wally & Reta's yard.|
|We brought home fresh oranges|
HERE COME THE GRANDCHILDREN PICTURES!!
|Jeana turning five!!|
|And a very tired Halloween princess!|
|Vincent 8 1/2 months showing off his two bottom teeth|
|Our Little Pumpkin Vincent|
|After a week in Santa Paula we drove 35 miles to Forest Home Christian Camp in Oak View, CA - right outside of Ojai, CA (many of you may remember the name Ojai from the TV show Brothers & Sisters|
|They also gave us a bag of Hersey Hugs & Kisses and the cute note on it says:|
We hope you FALL in love with Forest Home!
Hugs & Kisses from
The Forest Home Staff
We have been here two weeks and here is what we have been up to:
|Jerry and Jeff|
|Nancy and I|
|I love what they added to the side of the camp gift store - anyone can post prayer requests|
|Jerry switching fluorescent lights in the kitchen to LED's|
|This is what it looks like when Carol let's the fluorescent roll off the counter and they go boom, boom, boom|
|We love the looks of these pepper trees - soft leaves that flutter in the breeze and the bright red berries|
|Last Saturday the camp had their yearly picnic open to the local community - they had a great turn out and it was great fun.|
|Jerry and I offered to help so we were in charge of the S'mores|
|They were enjoyed by young and old alike - several people had never had S'mores before!|
|They even heated the swimming pool so people could swim|
|Pictures just don't do it justice but this was Thursday - blue sky, clouds over the mountain|
|When I am not helping Jerry I have been organizing a linen and maintenance storage area.|
|Still have a way to go but making headway!|
|There hasn't been any fire danger since we arrived but several months ago they did have fires nearby. You always see them dropping the red fire retardant out of the airplanes - well this is what it looks like on the mountain side.|
|Today Jerry's sister came up and we went to the quaint town of Ojai.|
This is the Early Bird Shopper
|In the beautiful park in the center of town in the Trimpin Sound Arch|
It is a sculpture that plays music when you walk under it.
|Some of the shopping area in Ojai|
|Loved the vines growing on the roof of this shop|
That pretty much brings you up to date. Once again we are so enjoying serving at this Christian Camp. The staff is awesome and whenever there are groups here we get to eat with the staff. This allows us to really get to know the staff and to understand better how the camp runs - it also means I don't have to cook and clean-up!!! The chef has been awesome about looking out for Jerry and his special dietary restrictions. We have one more week to "work" here and will then stay another week so that we can enjoy Thanksgiving with Jerry's family.
Our home church in Gurnee will once again be serving a full Thanksgiving meal to many recruits from the Great Lakes Naval Station on Thanksgiving Day - know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is such a wonderful gesture - lots of work but worth it when you see the smiles on the young sailors faces when they leave - give them all a hug from me.
We hope that you all have a Wonderful Thanksgiving - Jerry, Carol and Teddy