I can’t believe I have been here with the family. We have had a great time and I am feeling pretty good. I have some pain (4-6) but I can live with it. I had a good night’s sleep last night.

Here are a few pictures: (1) Landing at the Goff’s Lodge, (2) Surprising Heather and the boys, and (3) Greeting Maria Goff, Bob’s wife.

malibu-6b.jpgmalibu-13b.jpgmalibu-9b.jpg Here’s some more: (1) Catching up with the family in the lodge, (2) Family picture up the trail on Mount Helena and (3) Another family shot with the 4WD Rhinos that got us up the mountain.


Thanks for your prayers- we have had just a wonderful time with the Goffs. We head home at 5:30 this afternoon and have all the passport issues resolved.


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6 Comments so far

  1. jim crowell on July 20, 2007 5:34 pm

    Loved ’em. The look on Heather’s face tells it all. The tears of happiness in my eyes have kept me from getting back to work. My computor screen looks like it is raining.

    Best to all.


  2. Randor on July 20, 2007 8:18 pm

    Hi Don! You know that we love you and you know that our favorite place on earth is Malibu, so we are soooo happy that you got to share the Bu with your loved ones!
    While looking for my password to log in I came across an email you sent to Wes from last summer. You talked about a section from My Utmost for His Highest called Visions become Reality, I thought it was a great footnote for your time at Malibu! Our prayer for you and your family is many more great days at Malibu!

    Randy and Debbie

    PS We still need people for workcrew at our Malibu Family Camp over Labor Day weekend.

  3. Jaime Hestad on July 20, 2007 9:20 pm

    Don – AWESOME! I LOVED seeing the photos! I LOVED that you got to go! Praise the LORD!! Wahoo! I am THRILLED for you and Heather and the boys!
    We are in South Dakota visiting Adam’s family and having a wonderful time. We turned down the temp in the hot tub and Josiah is having the time of his life swimming in there. He wakes up asking if he can go swimming and up until today he has preferred swimming in the nude! Apparently the swimsuit holds him back! Plus, they live on a lake so we are having fun swimming in the lake and throwing rocks (and tomorrow I am going to have my second attempt at wind surfing). I love vacation!
    Asher’s vocabulary is expanding. Every time a boat goes by he says “Boat! Boat! Boat!” He is also attempting to say, “Iah” (short for Josiah) and “guitar”. He has the “mama”, “papa”, and “dada” down, and of course his favorite, “Bo”!
    Other news, Tim Shuck has been redoing our backyard while we have been gone. You are going to need to join Heather on a dog walk and check it out. I hear it is pretty cool. We had a boulder put in for the boys to play on…we are making the most of our small space!
    Don, we are praying for you. Thank you for your continued updates – your honesty, your pursuit of the Lord, and for your perseverance.
    I sure do love you and feel so blessed to know you and be a part of your life. “You’ve got a gift.” (as said in ‘Analyze This’)
    I look forward to seeing you and catching up when we return.
    Jaime (Haime)

  4. Rebecca Schellings on July 21, 2007 9:00 pm

    Wow. What an amazing adventure. We are so happy for your family that you were able to get up there and share some time together in such a beautiful place. What a great memory you will all have.


  5. sarahekoch on July 22, 2007 9:16 pm

    Wow, Don! What an amazing story in endurance with such a happy ending when the plane finally, finally landed. We were rooting for you back on 17th Ave!

    You were on our minds throughout Rev. Palmer’s sermon today at UPC. (Make sure Heather has you listen to it online through the UPC website because it was written for you.) You are such an amazing example to us of perseverence, because not only are you enduring, but you’re praising God all along the way.

    Even though we’re new to the neighborhood, you’ve made such an impression in our family. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard your voice when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the demands of three small kids. “God is good all the time! God is good!” Or, when I’m just caught up in a simple, daily moment of life–hanging out at the wading pool with the kids, seeing Emilia reach her arms out to me, Nigel saying he loves me. “God is good all the time! God is good!”

    Rev. Palmer ended with a prayer from a friend of his, which we’ll leave here for you:

    “…for those tempted to yield defeat: Press on. Grant them strength to press on. When our cherished dreams begin to burst like the children’s bubbles blown to the air, when people of common sense and clear sight, when doctors and lawyers, specialists, friends and neighbors all cry: ‘A good try, but you’re through.’ Lord, give us strength to keep on persisting. Light the fire to press on. And when the forces are overwhelming–as in illness or death–keep our goal ever before us–defiantly–past every temporary setback, past every discouragement, past every surrender of those we love and respect, give us the mighty power of God to press on and on and on. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”

    -Sarah & Michael down the street

  6. kls80 on July 23, 2007 8:20 am

    Don- I loved the pictures from Malibu and especially the expressions on Heather’s face. Can’t wait to get the full story. I’m so, so thankful that everything worked out and that you were able to go reunite with the family. God IS good, all the time! Sam and I were up in Bellingham for the weekend visiting my family. We went for a long mountain run which was beautiful and had a great time together. We’ll stop by later to say Hi. I think we are planning on going to the BBQ tonight.

    Love you,

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