Time with Grandsons in Salinas, CA.

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Time with grandchildren is a precious gift from the Lord. This is an organic, 50 acre strawberry field that was next to the ranch that we stayed at for 17 days. It is owned by the family that let us live in one of their homes on the property. Nearly every day I took Joseph and Gabriel to the field to enjoy perfectly ripened berries. With a soft breeze moving in from the Pacific Ocean only 6 miles away, and nothing distracting me from this moment, these thoughts came to mind:

1. These boys do not fret or worry about strawberries running out. In a better way, I wish I could sit in peace and contentment knowing that my Father in heaven will always supply.

2. These boys do not understand the massive quantity of berries behind them. They just sit there and eat, squishing juice down their chin, expecting another berry to be given them as soon as one is finished. With greater faith, I wish I could believe and trust that my Father in heaven has thousands of acres of mercies that will come new to me each morning.

3. These boys will grow up – this moment in this way will not last. They don’t understand, not yet, the brevity of life. And as it should be. Children should feel that time moves like molasses, gentle and slow and sweet. I wish I could see, more than I presently do, what it’s going to be like to not have to think about time and its fleeting moments. One day.

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In the morning, in the old renovated farmhouse built in 1889, we fried eggs on the wood stove. It would get down to about 50 degrees at night – cool mornings with the smell of a fire and the warmth of little bodies was priceless. There was no tv, no phone, no internet. Just family, good food, and bunches of giggles.

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Joseph is taking his little brother Gabriel out for a spin in the old farm truck. Thank you Lord for this slice of time with my grandsons – a few moments of uninterrupted humility before the One who holds our breath in his hands. All our days are lived in sight of the Risen Savior. May the love of Jesus Christ, who made this moment in time, be forever enjoyed in the hearts of my grandsons.

Time with Cheryl on our 30th Wedding Anniversary

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We’ve been gone since June 15. We’re back – good and tired, but we had a blessed time with each other on our 30th wedding anniversary. For the last 17 days we have enjoyed time in California. Over the next few posts I’ll be sharing thoughts of encouragement that I’ve stored up in my heart. For now, here are a few pics that express our thanks to Christ for his grace and mercy in our marriage. After 30 years we still enjoy spending time alone with each other.

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At a small but elegant garden/eatery in L.A.

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Enjoying Fisherman’s Wharf in San Fran.

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270 miles down highway 1. Some of the most majestic views on the planet. It is the Lord who said to the ocean, “This far and no further” (Job 38:11).

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I could not keep Cheryl away from the San Jose Rose Garden, one of the best in America.

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Our final day was spent in Monterey, eating out over the Bay.

“Thank you” to our church family and friends who have been a source of hope and encouragement in our marriage that made this vacation possible.

Talk to you soon,

Ivan