San Diego, CA--Tuesday: 4Mar14/3:37pm
The Storyline Conference with Donald Miller is still resonating deep in this olde soul. It was important for me/us to be here in SoCal for that at this juncture in our own growth and development. Most thankful.
Staying on with good friends, valued members of Leadership Design Group's Board of Directors, in their guest casita, has been rest-filled and good for both of us. But.......the party is picking up. lol And how!
As mentioned on my Facebook page yesterday, Judy's sister who lives here in the San Diego (85yo) is getting married this coming Saturday to a wonderful man (92yo). Both have lost their first spouses. They knew each other in prior churches. Have rekindled a friendship that has turned into love. And they have asked me to perform their wedding ceremony this Saturday on the waterfont of Mission Bay. They are cute, to the max!!!, in how they are caring for and loving each other.
We did one lunch worth of "premarital counseling" at the Bali Hai Restaurant (where Judy and I did a first date about 50 years ago...) to get acquainted with this new love of Martha's, Clair Martin. The family gathers this Friday evening and Saturday to celebrate these two truly remarkable souls.
Clair is a man to be honored from a number of directions. He is a WWII Vet who survived the Normandy Invasion on the coast of France. As mentioned to some others, he entered the Army in the year I was born, so there is a 20 year difference between us. He proudly has those historic moments documented on his car lisence. He and Martha will be returning to France this June for the 70th Anniversary of this event that he survived.
After lunch, we went to his home, and I was a bit blown away by some of his story from the war. Frankly, though he might not like me saying this, he was a war hero. During the landing on the beach, he recalled, that he made it to land because he had been raised in Oceanside, CA, and knew how to swim with the current to make it to land. The tragedy of bodies were all around him in the water, but he made it, and made it home. These are some of the medals he accumlated during his time in the service, including that Purple Heart you see at the top.
Our precious sister/sister-in-law has herself quite a man. He has himself quite a lady. There is deep gratitude in getting to help them celebrate life in this way. It is our hope and prayer that they have many good years together.
You go...Clair and Martha!!!
Much love and congratulations from all who know you!