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Car Lessons 101

Most of What I learned about cars, I learned from my Dad. He taught me how to change a flat tire and explained the importance of having your tires rotated and how to check my oil. He taught me how to drive in the mountains, merge into traffic on a freeway, fill my gas tank at the pump and explained insurance details tucked away in the glove compartment. On the day I bought my own car, Dad was with me (as well as Mom) to make sure the fair prices were being put on the table before I signed the paperwork. On the way back to my apartment, he even bought me new needed windshield wipers and showed me how to replace them. 🙂

Both Dad and I like cars: he likes to work on them and take pictures at old car shows. I just like to drive my car or ride along in any other…given (1) I am in the passenger seat and can make conversation or (2) I am in the backseat and can read. Road trips have special memories, especially the trips we took when I was a kid. Because I did not get car sick, me and my oldest sister were sentenced to the very back seats of the suburban which entitled us to no leg room and getting snacks whenever someone up front was hungry. We had no windows that opened, so our view was always tinted and when the windows from up front were open, we got all the air (which got annoying and cold quite fast!) The speakers for the music were all the way by the back door, so I was constantly asking for the music to be turned up…then Dad would jam to his oldies (which I did not have an appreciation f0r at the time) and I would reverse my request for the music to be turned down. Eventually, Mom would just turn off the music and say we should just talk with no music.

So today Dad, I thought of you when I found this picture:

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I don’t know if it was our first family trip to the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, but I do know that this was the first picture I ever took and you just happen to be the one posing (actually I remember asking to take your picture). Today I won’t ask you to turn down the music, but might just find myself singing along. Happy Father’s Day!

I was lost and blind then a friend of mine
Came and took me by the hand.
And he led me to his kingdom
That was in another land.
Now my life is changed, it’s rearranged
When I think of my past I feel so strange.
Wowie, zowie, well He saved my soul.
He’s the rock that doesn’t roll.
He’s the rock that doesn’t roll.
He’s the rock that doesn’t roll.
He’s good for the body and great for the soul.
He’s the rock that doesn’t roll.
I was all alone like a rolling stone,
I was going nowhere fast.
I was on the road so far from home
When the future touched my past.
Now I feel so blessed ’cause He gave me a rest
And I finally feel like I’ve passed the test.
I wanna be like Him, yes that’s my goal
Like a rock that doesn’t roll
Larry Norman. “The Rock that Doesn’t Roll.” In Another Land. Solid Rock Records: 1975, 1993.

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Father’s Day!

At lunch today, Mom asked if I would say the blessing for the food. I start out saying thank you for Dad and all he has done for the family…”please help him to relax today and resist the temptation to mow the grass….” (I see my parents start to laugh.) Half way through lunch, it starts to rain. Dad took a nap this afternoon. 🙂

Dad is a hardworking man. I can talk to him about any subject and he knows something about it. I ask him my hard questions. He also appreciates my dry humor and understands my disease better than I do. When we are at doctors appointments, he is the one to ask the questions.

He is my inspiration for balancing my checkbook every month and did not condemn me when I came home my sophomore year of college extremely in the hole. Instead, he sat me down in the kitchen and helped me go through my piles of receipts and bank statements and somehow managed to guide me back to figuring out my current (dollar and cents amount)…notice the (-). LOL. Right before we started he said, “Now, when you get in situations like this the first thing you do is…” but I cut him off figuring he would say something about writing every transaction in my check register book. He looked at me and said, “No. You eat ice cream!!!” And then proceeded to scoop the ice cream and added chocolate syrup and sprinkles on top. 🙂

My dad has also chosen to serve the Lord. You recall how Joshua (in the Bible) was commanded to walk around the city of Jericho? God calls us to do things that might not make sense or at the time seem relevant, but it is the act of obedience that God rewards. I have seen God work in my dad’s life. Somethings were hard and did not make sense at the time, but God has remained faithful. Joshua 24:14-15 reads,

Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness.  Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Although I never knew Daddy Cory, God has blessed me with my dad. I am so proud to be his girl! I also thank God for the blessings of my three Grandpa’s. Happy Father’s Day to you, Grandpa P., Grandpa F., and Grandpa M. And Happy Father’s Day to my dad!!! I love you so much!

Most recent picture…hiking to Treasure Falls in Colorado.

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