August 2015 Update

We were hoping and praying for healing for Rolf’s shoulder issues but it was determined that surgery was necessary for the healing he needed. So on June 24th he was admitted for rotator cuff surgery and some other clean up and repairs on his shoulder. The doctor was very optimistic with the results and says there shouldn’t be any more problems. But meanwhile the full recovery is long and the 3 times a week physical therapy is pretty painful and leaves him very sore after!

But surgery wasn’t going to stop us from attending our grandson’s wedding in Utah! Two weeks after surgery we were in the car with our 15 year old granddaughter, Brittany heading west. It was a fabulous trip. We made a vacation out of it, stopping in Nebraska, Wyoming (where we even fed bison) and then to Estes Park Colorado to spend the night with friends. We had a wonderful but short visit with them before continuing on to the other side of Colorado to stay with friends in their cabin. We hiked in the mountains and admired beautiful wildflowers and scenery – and all this with Rolf’s arm in a sling! We sat at their kitchen table and watched out the picture window a big moose, a lot of elk and deer as they grazed.

Then it was time to make our way to Utah for the wedding. It was fun to have all our grandkids together in one place and to meet some of the bride’s family – and to meet the bride for the first time!!

After that we continued on to Montana for 3 days and enjoyed, of course the beautiful scenery, Yellowstone National Park (arrived at Old Faithful just in time for it to erupt!), some gentle white river rafting and a cowboy cookout. Brittany got to do some zip lining and horseback riding while we rested! Now it was time to start home but not without visiting Mt. Rushmore, Custer Park, a conservancy where they breed Spanish mustangs for breed preservation and the Badlands on the way.

Forty three hundred miles and two weeks later we are back home tired, glad to be home but the trip of a lifetime, especially for Brittany. We all got to see and do things we hadn’t done before. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…..Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.” Genesis 1:31, 2:1. And it was very good, we were blessed by our friends and all we saw and did and to be able to enjoy some special times together while Rolf is home on his extended stay before he goes back to China.

Unfortunately not all was good while we were away. While traveling in Europe Sherri’s brother, Art was hospitalized. He was air ambulanced to Madrid for surgery to remove 3 tumors and part of his small intestine. He has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which has been in remission as of tests just last February. However biopsy results showed that it has returned. Please PRAY for healing and that he can get strong enough so he and his wife, Debbie can come home.

We are so thankful for you.

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