We have begun to meet each Wednesday afternoon as staff to prepare for the All Nations All Generations course that starts in April in Kona.
On January 18 Judi and I flew to Honolulu to teach in a discipleship course at a local Korean church. we found the students very receptive and encouraged by our time together.
For some reason Judi wanted to take several opportunities to celebrate my birthday this year. So we went out in Kona, Waimea at the north end of the island and Ken’s Pancake House in Hilo. We also stopped for malasadas (a Polynesian doughnut-like pastry) at Tex’s on the Hamakua Coast. What a week!
On January 16th, several former students and staff got together at our house for a small reunion breakfast. It was great to connect with several former staff and students.
On Thursday January 7 over 350 new students arrived at the Kona University of the Nations campus. The next day was student orientation in the morning and in the evening a student welcome celebrating the 31 nations they came from. That evening Polynesian dances were performed and the flags from all the students’ nations were…
After our old car died near the end of last year, the first week of January Judi and I bought a 2012 Honda Civic. We are enjoying the new set of wheels.
On Christmas morning we all drove to Fresno to be together for the day. It was a special treat to have all three of our children, their spouses and their children together for the day. That is a very rare occurrence and we enjoyed it very much. We traveled back up to northern California and…
Just before Christmas Judi and I connected with Judi’s sister Marilyn Daugherty’s family. They celebrated Marilyn’s birthday at Disneyland and we joined them for a day. Marilyn’s daughter Lynn brought her new twin daughters. It was a treat to hold these precious little ones.
While Judi and I were in California in December we had the opportunity to celebrate my mom’s 96th birthday by taking her to one of our favorite Italian restaurants in San Jose, Georgio’s. The food was great and it was a special treat to have this time with my mom.
I had the opportunity to share in a couple of Kona courses in preparation for their two to three month overseas assignments. I always enjoy these times of excitement, as students are anticipating what life will be like for the next two to three months somewhere else in the world.