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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Meeting a Blogger from California

With my husband’s blessing, I took the baby Levi on an airplane and went to California last Wednesday for my neice’s (sister’s daughter) wedding. She got married on Laguna Beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on Friday. It was simply beautiful. My other sister was also there from Colorado with her 15 year old son, as was one of my brothers from here in the Toledo area, and my mother. John stayed behind to care for our other three children and hold down the fort while the baby and I were away.

We all stayed in a hotel right on the beach for three nights during the wedding festivities, as my sister lives about an hour from there. The weather was lovely.

On Saturday, I met Antonio da Rosa – you know – the one with the blue book “Absolutely Free!” as his avatar. I drove halfway… and Antonio drove halfway… so that we could meet for lunch. We went to a “Hawaiian Barbeque.” I had chicken. Antonio ate three different things. One of the things looked like a jelly roll, but instead of jelly, it had spicy pork inside. The other was cabbage and shredded pork, and I can’t remember what the third thing was. Antonio was such a gentleman – he picked up the tab so graciously.

We talked about our group blog, about Antonio’s upcoming missions trip and about our families. He prayed in such a touching way. I had told him about my mother and how Catholic she is. He prayed that the light of Christ would shine through me and that she would desire to know Him, because of watching my life. (This was actually a very convicting prayer, even though I did not tell that to Antonio at the time.)

I have received emails from Antonio since almost right after he began blogging. My husband and I have spoken to him on the phone several times, so I already knew that he was very kind. He was even nicer in person and very unassuming. My husband describes him as ‘on fire for the Lord.’ I think that is a safe description, after having gotten to know him. I know he has taken a lot of guff for some of his beliefs and there are some things that I even take issue with, but certainly Antonio is a gift from God to all those who know him.

On my trip home I was pulled aside in the security line. I had to be wanded with the metal detector as I held the baby in one arm and lifted the opposing arm, and then switched. This security lady patted me down thoroughly. It must have been quite a sight! I suppose it was the coins in my pocket that caused all the trouble.

I had a wonderful time in California seeing my family and watching my niece get married. I also had a great time meeting one of my blogging friends. Still, nothing beats the familiarity of one’s own bed!



  • How neat!! Y'all are 2 of my fave-o-rite bloggers! Bro. Antonio seems to have got his haircut! I hope the ultra-fundies are happy now! (I can say that, because I consider myself a fundamentalist in the classic fashion, not the neo-fundamentalists that are big on commitment salvation.)

    I am glad that you & little Levi made it back home safely Rose! I guess you proved your arm-wrestling prowess as you held up those powerful arms one by one!! Bro. Mark will certainly not try to arm-wrestle you!

    Seriously I too hold bro. Antonio as "on fore for the Lord." I have said publicly before that he is a far more Godly believer than I, which is still not saying much for the poor feller!
    Glad to have you back in the heartland Rose! God Bless.

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at 10/09/2007 10:09 PM  

  • That must have been lovely, Rose.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 10/10/2007 4:59 AM  

  • I am so envious of both you and Antonio. ;-)

    It was so good of John to send you and baby Levi on this journey. I suspect your family was thrilled to be able to see him.

    The wedding looks to have been a very beautiful ceremony and I'm certain that meeting Antonio was a special blessing for you both. We remain in prayer for him and the team leaving for India today.

    Thanks so much for sharing this here.

    By Blogger Kc, at 10/10/2007 5:04 AM  

  • We are glad and very grateful that you are home.

    By Blogger J. Wendell, at 10/10/2007 5:29 AM  

  • Hi David,
    Wow, I am one of your favorite bloggers? How nice! Yes, Antonio did get a haircut. I also remembered that comment on his blog about "get a haircut" when I met him. Funny - you and I must think alike.

    It was lovely, Matthew.

    Maybe we will meet you and Corry someday. That would be fun!
    We will all pray for Antonio as I am sure he will be sharing all about Christ, His Person and His work, with those in India.

    It's good to be home! :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 10/10/2007 10:43 AM  

  • Sounds like you had a brilliant time! I'm glad you enjoyed it and welcome back!


    By Blogger Andrew, at 10/10/2007 12:51 PM  

  • Awesome! I LOVE Laguna Beach! We were just there this last summer! What a beautiful place! Bobby's parents live in So Cal, so we get down there at least once a year!


    By Blogger Angela, at 10/10/2007 1:22 PM  

  • Rose,

    Looks like you had a very special trip. How beautiful the scenery is! And the Bride and groom look very happy.

    I did not know about Antonio's trip I will have to pray for him. He left a very kind comment on my homeschooling blog and seems to be a great brother! So glad you could meet after all these years of blogging together!


    By Blogger jacinda, at 10/10/2007 5:46 PM  

  • Rose, if you & I think alike, then I must be doing something right!! Thanx fer the compliment!

    Glad y'all got to meet & discuss thangs. One of these days if'n y'all get down to good ol' NC, we'd love to see you!

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at 10/10/2007 9:06 PM  

  • Very cool opportunity.

    By Blogger Todd, at 10/10/2007 9:08 PM  

  • Sounds neat

    By Blogger Shawn L, at 10/10/2007 11:05 PM  

  • Shawn,
    Thanks for stopping by! It was very interesting.

    Yes, it was. I don't think I will be back there for a long time.

    You funny! ;~) I would love to go South. I have never been past Tenessee.

    Thanks for stoppping by my blog! I would like to see you and Mike again sometime. How far of a drive are you from Toledo? I am glad you have seen Antonio's better side - he is a great brother.

    How nice that you get to go there once a year! It was a 5 hour plane ride for me - I don't get to go very often. The last time was 10 years ago. Actually, that was the last time I was on a plane. It was really different for me this time. Things have changed.

    Thanks! Yes, I did really enjoy it. Hey, can you email me the password to your site? I am not such a learned FGer. haha ;~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 10/11/2007 8:55 AM  

  • lol. Sorry Rose, the new link is on "My Web Page" on my profile page.


    By Blogger Andrew, at 10/11/2007 10:02 AM  

  • Awesome....it's so cool that you and Antonio could meet in person. What a beautiful setting for a wedding! Thanks for sharing!

    By Blogger Jon Lee, at 10/11/2007 11:28 AM  

  • Laguna Beach! I grew up in California, lived next Laguna Beach for several years just before moving to Colorado, then later Georgia. The photo brings back memories. Use to go to Laguna Beach during the summer. I remember the last time with some friends we were wondering were we'd be a year from then.

    Wedding on the beach -- that is quintessential California, one of the enjoyable things about California.

    California is an enjoyable place -- provided you don't have to commute any distance to work in any of the major metro areas. That's what finally drove me out of there. Now that I am used to the green of the eastern part of the USA, California looks a little dry to me.

    By Blogger Earl, at 10/11/2007 12:05 PM  

  • Rose, I was so excited to see you & Antonio, I just now took a look at the other pics! In the one with the 4 or y'all & the little one, are you the 3rd one from the ocean? Is that little Levi in the other lady's arms? Just curious! God Bless y'all.

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at 10/11/2007 9:48 PM  

  • Hi Jon,
    Thank you for reading. It certainly was fun to share this with those who have blogged in these parts.

    Hello Earl,
    Yes, it is very dry there. I agree. That and the traffic are the two major drawbacks to living there I would think. The traffic is just terrible! 7 lanes on a highway with stop and go traffic! Uggggh! I was so happy to come back to good ole Toledo! I would love to drive down South someday, though. Georgia sounds cool. Maybe you can email me and tell me where John and I should plan a vacation sometime. I have never been down South. What would be neat to see? Is there some cabin on the Atlanatic Ocean somewhere just waiting for the Cole family to hunker down? hahaha

    Hey David,
    That goes for you too. Tell me if you have any ideas for next summer - what would you suggest for a Northerner like myself?

    Yes, I am the middle woman in the picture. My nephew is on the far left and then his mom - both from Colorado. Then there is me... and then my other sister is holding the baby Levi (the mother of the bride).

    I have 2 sisters and there they are. They are 9 and 10 years older than me! (I also have four brothers, if you can believe it!)

    My policy is normally not to show pics of my kids on the internet, but I really loved this one and I went against my own policy so I could share it with everyone - so thanks for your interest!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 10/12/2007 6:54 AM  

  • Rose! I did not know you had been so deprived all your life! It's about time you broke through that Mason-Dixon line to see the Dixie side of thangs!

    Seriously, there are so many recommendations I could make, but I believe the best for starters would be Grandfather Mountain, or Linville Falls, in Linville NC. The NC mountains in my opinion are just awesome. I've seen the Rockies as well, & they are magnificent, no doubt. But to me, the good ol' Smokies can't be beat. You've just got to see Wiseman's View & the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights where God has been keeping the scientists in the dark for years! My wife & I went a few years ago, & we just had the time of our lives! The Blue Ridge Parkway is tremendous as well. Rose, Come on down!!

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at 10/12/2007 9:21 PM  

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway

    I sure wud love tae see the Blue Ridge Mountains o' Virginia an' the Shenandoah River. Tens o' thousands o' Scotch Irish poured ower these mountians 200 years ago. Maybe some day...

    By Blogger GOODNIGHTSAFEHOME, at 10/13/2007 8:49 AM  

  • Hi Rose! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me that encouraging comment. I enjoyed the pictures in this post of yours (as well as the writing of course) because I grew up in Southern California. It's nice to see a little bit of home once in a while! My family is also very Catholic. You know what's strange? I see some similarities between the Taoist religion in Taiwan to Catholicism. When a Taiwanese person wants something, they'll sacrifice something to a god. Today my mother told me I should give some money to Saint Anthony to help my husband find a new job. I told her I'd just talk to Jesus directly. Anyway, I'm rambling a little now, but I wanted to let you know that I know how you feel! =)

    By Blogger Cahleen 何凱琳, at 10/13/2007 12:40 PM  

  • Hey there Rose!! I hope you got my email about some NC Mtn places to stop.


    You are very welcome to stop in at the NC Mtns while on your way to VA! Both VA & NC have awesome mtns. In some ways, the VA ones are even better. Have you ever visited the highlands of NC? Come on down!

    You made such a salient point about Taoism & Catholicism. We'll pray for your Mom. God Bless.

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at 10/13/2007 2:31 PM  

  • Rose,

    Hey...let me add my voice to those telling you to come to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I live in western NC, just 9/10 of a mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Come on down!

    steve :)

    By Anonymous Steve Sensenig, at 10/14/2007 9:01 PM  

  • Come to Georgia. Come to south Georgia.

    By Anonymous Gordon Cloud, at 10/15/2007 1:31 AM  

  • Hi Cahleen,
    Thanks for visiting.
    Your mother sounds like my mother!
    Yes, interesitng the similarities that you point out!

    Is it really beautiful?
    God to see you!

    Thanks for visiting. Now what is there to see in Georgia? Tell me - just what would a family of six want to do if they went to Georgia? Honestly, I really want to know? We like lakes and boating etc... We like beautiful natural surroundings ...relaxing vacations with peaceful quiet. Give me an idea if you will!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 10/15/2007 9:57 AM  

  • Yes, David - thank you!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 10/15/2007 9:58 AM  

  • Hi, Rose. You want lakes? We've got lakes. Within an hour of where I live there is Lake Seminole, a 37,500 acre lake with some of the best boating, fishing and skiing opportunities around. We have beautiful state parks, including Providence Canyon (sometimes called the Grand Canyon of the east), we have Callaway Gardens (a very nice botanical preserve) and we have Wild Adventures which is a very nice theme park. Okeefenokee Swamp is a wilderness area where you can ride boats and explore and see 'gators, wildlife and birds and stuff.

    Then there is the legendary Southern hospitality and don't even get me started on the food...

    Y'all come.

    By Anonymous Gordon Cloud, at 10/15/2007 11:15 AM  

  • I'm in the very awkward position now of having to be in a bidding war with my wonderful friend Gordon Cloud for bragging rights about the beauty of our respective areas.

    I think I'll just compromise and say that you should come through the Blue Ridge Mountains of western NC (which are absolutely beautiful -- take a look at the header on my blog for the view from our back deck) on your way to south Georgia!

    steve :)

    By Anonymous Steve Sensenig, at 10/15/2007 12:38 PM  

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