We have now arrived in the state we lived for 13 years prior to moving to Irelnd in 2008 - Kentucky! We are asked about 'Kentucky Fried Chicken' on a regular basis when our Irish friends find out we lived here for many years.
We have moved into an apartment that used to be a local firehouse here in Covington, which is just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio. The firehouse has been remodelled and we have the upper level for the next few weeks or so - not 100% sure on how long we will be here; but for now we are calling it home! Here's a picture taken in about -13 degrees (8 degrees F). Brrrrrr we are not used to this kind of winter cold anymore!
Today, Kathy and I were driving back to Salinas, CA after a week in Oregon; just off the I5 motorway/interstate in Northern California I pulled off the road several times as I could not get enough of Mt. Shasta against an incredibly blue sky. What an amazing sight - God is an artist second to none!
We arrived back in the USA on December 1st, landing in San Jose, CA. It was great to see Sarah & Alvin at the airport, as they took us home with them. Sarah and Alvin, now married for 9 months gave us a warm welcome and we have enjoyed some great family time.
As i post this, we are in Oregon, visiting our son Mark and two of the grands...Jack & Jonah. Here's a few pics...
This is Kathy, with her lovely mother, Shirley Jager at her 80th birthday. This was a surprise party near Salinas, CA where Shirley lives. It was a very successful surprise - she didn't have a clue as it was a few days before the actual event! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BEST MOTHER-IN-LAW on the planet.
This is Kathy with our 2nd son, Mark, now living near Ashland, Oregon. We have been able to be with Mark for a week now. We plan to return to Salinas on Wed, and celebrate Christmas with Kathy's family for the first time in 22 years! Mark will join us along with Sarah, Alvin, Kath's brother Steve as well as others in the area. Can't wait!
Here's Mark's kids... 4 year old Jonah with big brother, Jack, who is now 6!
At 1:00am on Sunday morning, we returned from a conference that happens once every three years somewhere in western europe. This time it was on one of the many islands of Greece, about a 90 minute drive from Athens. While we were there, we got to go on a tour that included the Acropolis of Athens (a flat topped rocky peak about 450ft above the city) where the Parthenon and six other significant buildings were build over the centuries.
Just down from the Acropolis we were able to stand on Mars Hill. It was amazing to be standing where the apostle Paul delivered his Act 17 speech, which took about 3 minutes and convinced many Athenians of the validity of Christianity. Here's a photo of Mars Hill and what the view of Athens is from the top!
If you turn and look the other direction, up the hill to the Acropolis, this is what that looks like, just before dusk falls on the city . . . truly an incredible experience.