Thursday, August 31, 2017

No Surprise Meetings

There will be no more surprise meetings. Not at the bargain grocery store. Might run into my mom, but my dad won't be waiting in the car. Or the thrift stores in town or in Olympia. Or at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Or Grocery Outlet in Olympia. But thankfully there will be no more scheduled doctor appointments.

I have only just begun to miss my dad.

Pictured: My daughter and I found my parents in Olympia, January 2016.

who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:4 ESV



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Grand Reopening at Fred Meyer

I don't usually go to the grocery store at 7 AM. But if there is a grand reopening with deals and prizes, count me in. And free coffee. Works for me!

Plus I got to see half our town and neighbors and friends.

Pictured: Waiting in line behind one of my good friends.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Happy Birthday in Person

I don't always get to be with my sisters' children on their birthdays. But today I was able to wish a precious six-year-old happy birthday. In person.

Pictured: I can't believe my sister's daughter is six now!

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Psalm 127:4 ESV

Monday, August 28, 2017

Tag Team Sisters

I don't think I have ever appreciated my sisters more. One sister came from Oregon the day our dad died and stayed for almost a week. Then the other sister flew in from California. Her family drove up in time for the memorial service.

We text, talk, and tag team constant support for each other and our mom. We all do our part. Love my family!

Pictured: Mom and her three daughters

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, Colossians 2:2 ESV

Sunday, August 27, 2017

My Dad's Memorial

I was blessed to have so many friends and family show up. My dad was loved by many. Because he loved well. And pointed us to Jesus.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 ESV

Saturday, August 26, 2017

In Honor of Grandpa Arnold


Today our son played in a pickleball tournament in honor of his grandpa, who loved the game. It was a great way to spend the day, as we think about losing my father-in-law, one year ago today. (Yes, we lost both dads/grandpas in one year.)

Pictured: Our son played with his grandpa's paddle. And was on the winning team of two.
Our son's fan club: our family, plus my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and her husband.

Not pictured: The other 35 contestants and other fans.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, Colossians 3:23 ESV

Friday, August 25, 2017

55 Years Ago

Today would have been my parents' 55th wedding anniversary. They were looking forward to a big gathering at their home this weekend.

Instead, family is gathering to remember my dad's life and ministry. And honor the legacy of faithful love and service in all areas of his life.

Thanks for the great example, Mom and Dad!

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Plans Come Together

Little by little the plans are coming together. Can't believe my dad's memorial service is in three days. I can feel the love and prayers supporting my family.

http://www.harborolympia.com/home

Pictured: My mom's friend tried out our church keyboard this week and I got a tour of the balcony.

I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. Psalm 40:10 ESV

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Love from Taipei

From next-door neighbors to life-long friends. I am thankful for our adopted Chinese family in Taipei, Taiwan. They wish they could come for my dad's memorial. But they are with us in spirit.

Pictured: Our family and the Chen family, around 1978. We are all grown up now, and both dads are in heaven. I am on the far left.

Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! Psalm 117:1 ESV

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

So Many Memories

How do you select your favorite family photos? It is a good problem to have a rich photographic record. And to have so many good memories.

Bless my younger sister for sorting and scanning for hours this week.

Pictured: I love this photo of my youngest sister and our dad. So many fun memories from our vacations on the Penghu Islands, off the coast of Taiwan.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 ESV

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse Love

My sister and I were able to observe the eclipse from the lake. With thanks to a friend who gave us a pair of glasses. That was amazing!

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1 ESV

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Loved Very Much

Happy birthday to our older daughter! I'm thankful she had almost 26 years of memories with her grandpa, who loved her very much.

Pictured: Birthday basket of garden bounty in 2011

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Backseat Sisters

Lots of memories in the old family photos!

Pictured: I remember sitting in the backseat with my sisters. For miles and miles.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 ESV

Friday, August 18, 2017

How do you Summarize?

How do you summarize 78 years of life, almost 55 years of marriage, and 40 years of international ministry? You can't, really. My mom did a good job writing an obituary for the local paper, with a few suggestions from my sisters and me.

It's a start. The family is working on sharing more of my dad's life and legacy at the memorial service.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8 ESV

Thursday, August 17, 2017

No More Pills

There will be moments. And reminders that my dad is gone. Like the pills he didn't take last Tuesday. But he doesn't need them.

Or blood pressure checks. Finger pokes. Trying to remember where he left his cane. Or that noisy, annoying CPAP machine at night. My dad is truly in a better place. We have only just begun to miss him.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 ESV

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

God's Blessings

My mom recognizes and appreciates God's blessings. Even in the hard times. Maybe especially in the hard times. I have witnessed her faith and grateful spirit my whole life.

Pictured: Donning a hat for a photo op and happy for the find of six papercuts with the Chinese character for "blessing" yesterday.

You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:11 ESV

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thinking of Dad


It was a good mother-daughter trip to Olympia today. Got a lot done on planning the memorial service. Complete with a stop at Wendy's. We can do that.

Pictured: My mom put a straw in her coffee cup, just like my dad used to.

I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. Psalm 40:10 ESV

Monday, August 14, 2017

Won't be the Same

I'm going to miss those stops at Wendy's. My dad loved simple pleasures like being with family. Drinking a cup of coffee. And those little chocolate frosties.

Pictured: One of our many stops at Wendy's

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Overwhelming Gratitude

There is deep sadness, but also overwhelming gratitude. I am thankful for all the time I had with my dad. The last twenty years have been bonus years after his first heart attack. It is also a gift that my children have had the chance to know their grandpa.

Pictured: Our youngest daughter at 2 1/2 years and my dad.

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 ESV


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Surprise Birthday Party

I can't believe we pulled off a surprise birthday party for our older daughter. A few days early. It was good to spend time with my sister's family, with those five darling girls.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15 ESV

Friday, August 11, 2017

Time to Remember David Harrison

We have a time and place for my dad's memorial service. We will gather in Olympia at our church.

Harbor Church at 819 Olympia Ave. NE Olympia, WA 98506

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 4 PM.

Pictured: Many people had this photo on their refrigerator as a reminder to pray for my family. This photo was from our time in Taipei, Taiwan.

Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:16-17 ESV

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What Dad Wanted

Even now that my dad is gone, we all know what he would have wanted. He wanted the family to enjoy being together. And for Jesus to be the focus, not himself. Good things to keep in mind as we plan a memorial service.

Pictured: I will miss seeing my parents side by side. Like this picture from March after a doctor's appointment.

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. Psalm 25:8-9 ESV

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Thank You for the Kindness

I can feel the love. And prayers. So many kind words of consolation and remembrances of my Dad. Though it is still hard to believe my dear, sweet, and funny dad is gone.

Pictured: Beautiful bouquet and card from our neighbors

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 ESV

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Gone Quickly

We knew this day would come. Eventually. But I was not ready to say goodbye to my beloved dad. Our kids' grandpa. Loving husband, brother, uncle, teacher, and friend of many around the world.

He suffered a massive heart attack this morning and was gone quickly. He was ready to go and be with Jesus.

Pictured: A fun memory of my dad and our daughters from a few years ago.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4 ESV

Monday, August 07, 2017

Coffee for the Road

I saw a cute couple getting coffee for the road. That would be my son and his girlfriend. Love those smiles!

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2017/08/mt-rainier-memorial-hike.html

The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:8 ESV

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Hiker Family

It's great to hear the stories from Friday's hike to Mt. Rainier. Siblings and cousins got to spend time together. Priceless.

Pictured: Three of our children and our son's girlfriend. With the rest of the group in the background.

A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 ESV

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Mt. Rainier Memorial Hike

My father-in-law would have loved having the family together. In one of his favorite places. The family went on a memorial hike at Mt. Rainier yesterday. With four of his five children, one daughter-in-law, seven grandchildren, and one girlfriend.

My mother-in-law didn't go on the hike, but joined the group for a meal afterward. I stayed home with our dog.

Picture credit: My son

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV

Friday, August 04, 2017

Meet at Spiffy's

If you are going to drive down the freeway to meet up, you might as well meet at a restaurant like Spiffy's. My sister-in-law drove north from the Portland area. I drove south with my mother-in-law. And away they went for a family weekend.

http://spiffysrestaurantandbakery.net/

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Airport Smiles

I missed that smile! We are all happy to have our daughter home again.

Pictured: Meeting our daughter at the airport late last night.

and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,  1 Thessalonians 3:12 ESV

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Welcome Home Banner

I like to see what I can do with what I have. Make a simple banner to welcome our daughter home. Works for us!

Pictured: The cards all have the word Home cut out of magazines. The last card says, "A little separation goes a long ways. Home sweet home."

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 ESV

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Share the Driveway

Some people park like they own the whole driveway. In this case, that would be me. I intended to run in and leave again. Before anyone else came home to share the driveway. Silly me.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4 ESV