What’d you do?

hearts31How did you celebrate Memorial Day?

We went up to spend a few hours with my dad. I’d only seen him briefly since his return from the 3000 – mile bike ride. It had felt like a year since I’d sat and talked with him.

Although I couldn’t talk very well yet (had mouth surgery last week, I won’t gross you out with the details. Just know, it wasn’t fun, and I still have a sore mouth). But regardless of my inability to converse very much, I had a blast hearing his stories.

I’m sure I’ll pick a few throughout the coming months and share with you, but one that stuck out to me from the weekend was about the Lion’s Club breakfast.

My dad had stayed overnight in a small town and needed a big breakfast to start off a long day of biking ahead. He found a Lions Club having a pancake breakfast. What better way to start the day, right?

He and his wife got in and seated and began eating. In came some former city officials and sat with my dad. They asked him what he was doing, and after a while of talking, one of them got up and went to the microphone.

The man told the entire group about my dad’s coast-to-coast bike ride to raise money for Young Life. The crowd applauded and encouraged. But they even went further and started dropping money on his table.

Yep, my dad walked out with a bag of donations!

Dad said that he experienced “God” things like that almost daily on the trip. Sure, not all of them dealt with money being dropped on his breakfast table, but amazing nonetheless.


So, how’d you spend your Memorial Day weekend? I’d love to hear what you did.


7 thoughts on “What’d you do?

  1. Well, Sheri:

    I’d like to say we did something exciting, but I think we had one of our younger neighbors over for some barbecued chicken.

    Other than that, I enjoyed sleeping in on Monday (and Sunday, and Saturday … ;D )

    Kids wear us out most of the time, so I just enjoy recuperating!

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Lynn.

    I went to a Memorial Day parade here in town. Our parades are never very grandiose, but that’s almost preferable to me. It was great to see and honor veterans from several wars.

    Part of it was selfish, too…I noticed that a couple of Jeeps in the parade were from the era of my WIP. It was good “research” to see and hear them.

  3. Tracy. Oh yeah, God is good. Sounds like you had a great weekend too! Awesome.
    KM. Oh man, that stinks you had to work so much. Yeah on Cobra Cutlass, girl. It’s a rockin’ story!
    Kat. My mom, who lives in MN, went to gravesites as well. Left flowers on some, too. 19 minutes? Not familiar with that book. What’s it about?

  4. What a cool story! I’m not really surprised, though, at the donations he received. There really are some wonderful people out there. We just don’t hear enough about them. And who wouldn’t donate to such a great cause?

    I’m glad to hear his trip was successful.

    I spent Saturday driving all over Nebraska to visit gravesites of deceased relatives. The rest of the weekend, I spent reading 19 Minutes. What an awesome story.

  5. Wow! What a “God thing” huh? Your dad sound’s like an amazing man, Lynn 🙂

    Tracy had a LOTR marathon, I heard about a Star Wars marathon this weekend. . . whoo hoo. I worked 20 plus hours over the weekend and then had a “Writefest” as JC Lamont would call it 🙂 Got my short story finished (thanks to some very talented, beautiful writers/friends) 😉
    Sent Cobra Cutlass in at 11 pm last night.

  6. What a fantastic experience! God is pretty amazing, isn’t He? It sounds like you had a great visit with your dad! I’m looking forward to hearing more about it. I hope your mouth feels better soon.

    We had a good long weekend (Jeff took off Thurs and Fri as well) and got a lot done. Painting, switching Reagan’s room and converting her crib to toddler bed, running errands (including dentist), bbq’ing and almost best of all, we had an LOTR marathon! Of course we also took the opportunity to honor our fallen heroes. And best of all, was spending so much time with Jeff and Reagan!

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