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Hi Guys and Dolls. Sorry for the lack of recent activity on the blog but the past week can only be described as hectic! At the time of writing this i was in San Jose airport waiting for a flight to Burbank, Los Angeles. Which as luck would have it was cancelled! Anyway enough of that! My first week in Carmel Valley didn't exactly work out as i had planned and come friday i was on my way and out of there back to Monterey. Before you come to your own conclusions i wasn't kicked out of the camp haha! It was more of a case of not working out as planned! I spent the following weekend in Monterey which consisted of staying in rubbish motels, watching ESPN and eating crappy junk food! Heaven you may ... read more


Today we headed out at about 9 to make it to Six flags by 10.30. We got there about 11 cos it was a bit of a mission getting there but we managed without getting too lost! You’d think you would have seen it from miles away with its 18 rollar coasters but no! We were pretty blown away when we got inside and it was El’s first time at a theme park so was exciting times! It was a stinking hot day so on we slapped the sunscreen then headed off to start some rides. On the brochure it was split into sections starting from the less scary rides to the most scary. We wanted to get through everything so started at the start but after about an hour realised there was wayyyy too many ... read more
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Breakfast was lovely, the waffles seemed to taste better, also had scrambled eggs and some delicious sauté potatoes. Drove to 6 Flags Magic Mountain which was only 5 minutes up the road. The park looked small from the side of the road but was huge when you got in there. It was laid out like all other theme parks. Turned right when we got in on the advice of the attendant and got on the first 4 rides with no queues at all. Passed a theatre which said JLS was on at 6 o’clock, i spent all day not quite believing it but sure enough they were, more of that later. Went on the Batman ride which was ok, then Riddler’s revenge, which is the only stand up roller coaster in the world. It had quite ... read more


(The Master's College) This is the smorgasbord of pictures! They've been taken throughout our stay at TMC, and I want to share them. I think the explanations will suffice! We are leaving Wednesday morning, as are Dave and Wanda, who are headed to Arizona to spend time in Mexico...in the daylight. They're then headed to South Dakota for the summer. Wayne and Lois are leaving later in the day, and they're headed home to Albertauntil next January. Peter and Marlene will be leaving for home (Saskatchewan) on Friday, and they, too, are done until next January. Kyle and Carolyn are going to spend two more weeks doing volunteer work at the college, which will allow them time to do more sightseeing, as well as giving spring more time to get to Illinois! They're also finished until ... read more
Inventory reduction
Group Shot
Lunchtime entertainment


(The Master’s College) I wanted to go see the landslides at Malibu, so that’s where Bob and I headed this morning….and ended up at Venice Beach. (It’s south of Malibu about 20 miles) It was warm enough that we didn’t put on a jacket even in the morning, and got up to 94 degrees before the day was over. We sat on the beach and watched the surfers in the morning, and then after lunch we walked the beach, and found a whole lot going on…I’ll include pictures. ALL kinds of people..we learned that it’s one of the more liberal beaches. I didn't get pictures of the vendors along the sidewalk, but they were in tents, side by side. On the other side of the sidewalk were the small shops, packed in side by side. There ... read more
Notice the sailboats on the horizon?
One spot along the beach,
This is the far end of the court.

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Good Friday (The Master’s College) Friday~~Tour Day. This morning we left at 6am (that’s in the morning. Our lifestyle doesn’t mess around with 6am very often!) to go on what turned out to be the best tour we’ve ever been on. We traveled for a little over an hour to go to place that passes out food to people who then distribute it to the needy. We circled for prayer before we left the campus (we always do before we leave as a group) and got to the distribution point in time for a little introduction, and then their prayer time, which included the loaders (all volunteer) and the receivers (those picking up food.) There were probably 40 cars lined up waiting for whatever food they could get….we passed out assorted crackers, cookies, cereal, from the ... read more
7:00 AM
Looking at the water station.
10:45 AM


(The Master’s College) Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We've been without internet for the past week (the college kids were on spring break, so they took that time to work on the computer system.....talk about suffering!) But anyway, I'll get some entries on as quickly as I can. Saturday we went with Wayne and Lois to Solvang; a village about two hours from here. It is a Dutch town settled by a group of people from Pennsylvania, whose goal was to keep their heritage alive. The buildings are of that style, as well as the clothing in the stores, and the food and pastries~~oh, let’s talk about the Danish pastries! And you could buy wooden shoes of any type. We also toured an old Spanish Mission. I’ll include some details along with the pictures. It was a ... read more
This is a shop, not a house,
They asked for volunteers,
Not what you picture


(The Master’s College) Wednesday we (all of us) went to a piano recital by two of the college students. They said they need to practice performing, and it’s much easier to do that with an audience, so they invited the RVICS. They played very well, and then they visited with us about their programs, plans and practice. They also told us about the Steinway piano they were playing on: it was the piano used by the composer of the melody for the Lord’s Prayer. The composer sat in an arm chair, laid a board across the handles of his chair (that’s here too) and would play some and then write down what he’d played. His family donated it to The Master’s College, but at that time it was painted green. They also donated money to help ... read more
Isn't this a cute car?
Some of the cars had a mirror on either side,
I can see that these doors may not be practical.


(The Master’s College) This blogging thing isn’t going so well now that the temperature is above 80 every day! The trees are blooming, the grass smells good, and the sun is shining. Our days are filled, and the projects are going very well, but sit-down-time-inside just isn’t happening! The men have finished all three houses (we keep telling them they do much better at painting than we do, and we’re going to recommend them for all the painting jobs!) Today they started work on an administration building. I worked in the Biblical Counseling office all of last week, and thoroughly enjoyed it. This week I’m typing at the library from 8:30 until 10, and then Lois and I go over to the music department and file music until 11:30. The sheet music from the fall ... read more
The planets are in scale,
This could be looking
I included this one because of the smog...


(The Master's College) Happy Birthday to my dear grandma! The Master’s College is north of LA, and I will tell you more about that later. The important thing is that we have cell service AND internet! And a new couple on our team: Kyle and Carolyn are from Illinois. Being back at a college is exciting. We’re on the north campus, and it's mostly music majors and biblical counseling. I walked along the outside of the classroom building behind us, there was music coming from every room! There are senior recitals scheduled almost every night we’re here~~also, several musical groups coming in. Our project director brought around a sheet of classes that we could sit in on, and many of them looked very interesting, but with us only being here for a short time, I don’t ... read more
I can't get it out of my mind
My first attempt at surfing.
Surfers galore...




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