From mid January to mid February, I was home on furlough. The other day, I was going through my pictures from when I was in the U.S. and I was reminded of the good times I had with my family and friends and how blessed I was by certain family, friends and a stranger.
During the first week of my furlough, my family celebrated my parent's 50th wedding anniversary by going on a Caribbean cruise. What a wonderful time we had spending time with each other and enjoying the warm weather and warm water!
After the cruise, I returned to the west coast and had some time visiting family and friends in Bakersfield, Fresno/Madera Ranchos and Hume. It is always a wonderful time hanging out with my nieces and nephews. I especially had a good time having a "photo shoot" with my niece, Kinley! I celebrated my birthday and the kids had fun helping me blow out my candles. My sister actually put the right number of candles on the cake! I definitely needed help! I also, met with a team that is coming with Kaylee this summer and answered their questions told them a little more about what they will be doing.
I said a bit earlier that I was blessed by a stranger... I was having coffee with a friend. Another friend walked in with a friend, a friend that I don't know. We said, "Hi!" and then I went back to the conversation with my friend. A few minutes later, my other friend's friend came over to me and handed me a check and said, "I just wanted to give you a love offering and to bless you!" Wow! What a great God we serve! He meets my needs when I'm least expecting it!