Rest In Peace

In Loving Memory

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 Robert. V Welch

August 1955- September 2017

 

   Robert V. Welch, 62 loving Husband of Susan, passed away suddenly on September 9, 2017 after a short battle with cancer in Walnut Creek, California.  He was surrounded by family and is survived by his widow Susan and sisters Debbie and Patti.  Robert was a faithful husband and loyal friend whose generous spirit touched many souls.  Robert spent the last year of his life on a spiritual journey traveling the country and making many friends while spreading the good news where he found a secondary “home” in Brunswick, Georgia at Bethel Evangel Community Church.  He will be forever missed.

  A private service will be planned.  In lieu of flowers, a donation in Robert’s name can be made to flood ravaged Bethel Evangel Community Church at 801 I Street, Brunswick, GA  31520.

God has you in HIS keeping, we have you in our hearts. 

 

 

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Prayer Power

James 5:14-15  (KJV)

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Just over a month ago I discovered a lump on my husband Robert’s neck.   Since the lump appeared, we have been struggling through a myriad of tests, hospital visits, and quite a trek that brought us back to the SF Bay Area to be near family.

Turns out “the lump” is a thyroid tumor.  Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma, both incurable as well as inoperable, it is a type resistant to chemotherapy.  The tumor is wrapped around Robert’s carotid artery and pushing against his larnyx.  As it is a very aggressive cancer and tumor, it has taken his vocal chords within the last week.  Robert can still breathe and swallow on his own, yet chemotherapy can swell the tumor making it impossible for him to eat or breathe.  He also has a blood clot in his jugular, making treatment even more difficult.  Really, at this point we have to decide if we want to go through any treatment at all since they only give him a few weeks to live.  We may just go home to Mom’s, or run away to the beach.

We ask for your prayers.  There are so many people we have met on this journey that we keep in our thoughts and prayers.  Although we are physically far from so many, we hold you in our hearts and minds and pray you keep us in yours.  We know the power of God because we have witnessed it, seen it and lived it firsthand.  We have faith HE will continue to guide and protect us, no matter the outcome of this battle.

2 Corinthians 1:4  KJV

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 I’m thankful for the place to share our journey, the brothers and sisters in Christ we have had the pleasure to connect with, and the grace shown us by God.  Most of all I am thankful to God for sending me Robert, who has made me a better person simply by knowing and loving him.

For The Love Of Dog! (And Kitties Too!)

Ecclesiastes 9:4    KJV

For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope:  For a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Mia

As the saying goes “dog is man’s best friend”, however when I realize just how many animals are abandoned, mistreated and destroyed it breaks my heart the way I imagine it breaks GOD’s heart to have us abandon, mistreat and destroy the special relationship HE has with us.  I don’t think it’s any mistake that Adam named the dog after GOD.

Last winter as Robert and I were headed north by bus to attempt to see his Dad, we were surprised when the bus stopped in Gualala, CA on Friday evening and said, “See ya Monday!”  It was storming pretty good and we had not planned on staying in Gualala, so we tried hitch hiking that night.  In the rain.  With no traffic northbound, and only a very wet and skinny  German Shepherd running frantically south down the highway.   We crossed the highway to the only business that looked open – a clerk from a motel was leaving her office when we surprised her with what I can only imagine looked like a drenched homeless couple with a skinny, drenched, big dog.  When I asked her if she had a Humane Society or SPCA in town, I was afraid she may have thought the dog was ours and we were abandoning it.  I convinced her to take the dog.

We christened the Gualala Post Office that stormy winter night, and started back hitch hiking next morning.  Two gals approached us asking if we were the couple that found the dog – they worked at the Humane Society (right in front of us) and Elsa (the Shepherd) had escaped the night before.  Turns out Elsa had been tied out on a rope for quite some time and a neighbor finally bought her in order to save her by bringing her to the Humane Society.

Robert and I returned to Gualala this summer.  This time in the hopes we would revisit everyone we’d met that stormy winter weekend.  We did, Elsa found a good home, and we were able to visit with the animals currently sheltered at Redwood Coast Humane Society.  Mia is a beautiful Pit Bull who is the only female currently.  They also have a pair of males one being a natural disaster rescue who is Black Lab and Dachshund mix.

Kumba & Lucky

Yup.  Looks like the family dog Freddie. Hideous.  Adorable.  His name is Lucky and his best friend is named Kumba.  They are a sweet pair and will need to be adopted as a pair.  I pray they find a home.  Actually, I spent quite a time praying for all the older kitties to find homes with warm fireplaces, cozy laps and big rocking chairs.

Sadie

Minnie, Sadie, Magic and the others tend to have a harder time finding homes because the are older.  Big yards and loyal owners are my prayers for the dogs.  They have a literal junkyard dog that stole my heart.  I renamed him immediately Leroy Brown.  He is a smaller, Brendal Pit Bull and is incredibly sweet – ironic really.  I guess I can see why he’d lose his job as a junkyard dog, shame he’d end up in a shelter because of a bad career choice.  Goes to show it can happen to anyone.  Robert and I have vowed not to take a pet until we have a vehicle – despite many travelers out there who have them – I don’t think it’s fair to the pet.  Though Leroy Brown seemed so happy go lucky with everything in spite of being in a shelter, he’d be the dog if it were to happen as he’d travel well.  It may be a sign that every single picture I attempted to take of Leroy came out blank.  That, and I can’t stop singing “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown.”

Here’s a video I found where someone else summed it up beautifully.

Divine Providence

Psalm 34 King James Version (KJV)

34 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Robert and I met William this morning while we were breaking camp and making coffee. William is a West African  man, Catholic, and a jazz musician.  A drummer to be specific.  William  appeared on the beach carrying empty water jugs, as he was there to gather salt water to clean the brass lamp stands in his church.  Of course, we connected immediately – in fact we were all chatting when the police and fire department came to let us know we were not legally “allowed” to camp or have a fire on the beach.  The police officers were pretty decent about it and didn’t ticket us.  It was actually a good opportunity to talk with them as well.  Psalm 34 was William’s choice for today.

We made it back to Ft. Bragg just in time for medical issues.  We are thankful and Blessed to have been here near medical care, we will be patient and have faith the LORD has us where he wants us.  Please keep Robert and I in your prayers.

Happy Independence!

Noyo Harbor – Ft. Bragg, CA

Galatians 5:1   KJV

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

One year ago today Robert and I decided to travel – our first destination being Fort Bragg, CA. After meeting in a homeless shelter we decided we’d rather pitch a tent and travel than to ever be in a shelter again. We’ve come full circle back to Fort Bragg on our anniversary to celebrate all those who gave their all for us to enjoy the freedoms we do in this fantastic country. The decision was not a difficult one – the desire for privacy and liberty were enough motivation. Our experiences this year can not be measured – we are so grateful for the blessings and grace the Lord has shown us – it’s enough to know we are on the right (narrow) path. We thank veterans everyday, and have been given an opportunity to speak to people of all walks of life about where the Lord has brought us from. Thank you to all the military veterans – past and present – you are the reason we are allowed to act like the fools we are in this country!

Happy!

What A Long, Blessed Trip It’s Been…

Romans 1:10

“Making request, if by any means at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.”

 

Arrived back in Ft. Bragg – our first destination at the beginning of this journey – now we’ve come full circle across the United States and back.  Back to where the ravens are the same huge, glossy, humorous characters who speak the initial language we set out hearing.  It’s nice to be back in California, the people we have met since we returned have been absolutely amazing!

The hospitality we were shown by the Tolowa Dee-ni’  was incredible.  They run a nice casino, for those that like to gamble, what interested us were the beach, birds and people.  The Smith River is located at the northernmost point of Pelican Bay, and is home to many pelicans which are Robert’s favorite!

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Extreme northern California!

We continued south after a couple of blissful beach days among the Tolowa down through Redway, Garberville, and over to Westport as the blessings just kept coming.  Robert and I had hoped to meet Art and April again who we stayed a night with in December while traveling north.  April gave us a lift from Ft. Brag to Westport and let us stay in their motorhome as it was raining pretty good.  We missed them sadly as they weren’t home.  However, after getting a sandwich and beer at the market, we met a couple of gals who asked us up to a friend’s home.  This was where we met Westport Dave.  This man should be the Mayor of Westport!  Westport Dave and Art and April  are longtime friends and neighbors, truly sorry we missed them this time.  Was a great party, we will never forget it.

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Westport Dave (unofficial Mayor)

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Westport

Resembling Ravens

By the time we traveled to Bandon, Oregon we’d amassed several tidbits regarding ravens.  I’ve never been a big fan of birds in general – even had a few experiences  that were just plain weird.  (Like the time a parrot stole an opal out of a pendant on a necklace while in a pet store.  I’d been trying “Here kitty, kitty” on the parrot when he snatched the jewel.  I fought that $400 parrot and finally got him to cough it up!)

I became enamored with the huge, glossy ravens last year while on the Mendocino coast in Ft. Bragg, CA.  They are funny, smart and very verbose!   I learned the ravens in Ft. Bragg had a twenty vocalization vocabulary, one of which is a sound we have heard nowhere else in our travels.  It is a deep clucking and we’ve tried it on ravens and crows from coast to coast, never to be repeated.

In Washington state I’d read an article in the paper regarding a study on ravens, and by now several more.  I find the correlations interesting, and where the studies speak to how ravens learn from humans – I believe we would do well to resemble ravens in return.

1 Kings 17:4   KJV

And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

The ravens listened to God and fed Elijah, Elijah listened to the word of God and survived.  After reading the various articles pertaining to ravens I came to the conclusion we would do well to resemble ravens in their ability to listen, learn and communicate.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/avian-einsteins/201207/the-alluring-language-crows-and-ravens

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/151003-animals-science-crows-birds-culture-brains/

http://www.kiro7.com/news/neighbors-sue-parents-portage-bay-girl-who-feeds-c/28794647

http://theconversation.com/everyones-talking-but-no-ones-listening-its-time-to-reclaim-the-art-of-communication-67233

16 Reasons People Don’t Listen When You Speak

 

First Sunday in June

Memorial Garden St. Andrew’s Episcopal Florence, OR

Revelation 20:6     KJV

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:  on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

We enjoyed a quiet Memorial Day at the beach without internet.  Upon our arrival in Florence, Oregon we found this beautiful Memorial Garden at  http://www.standrewsflorence.org and snapped a picture of the cross.

We had hoped to attend church here, instead we will be trying to get a ride south today.

Coasting The Oregon Coast

 

Psalms 77:19   KJV

“Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.”

Seaside at Sunset Oregon Coast

Sunset just north of Haystack Rock

Loaded like a couple of pack mules!

After a short and sweet visit with DH’s Dad, we headed west to Astoria, then south to enjoy the Oregon coast.  We stayed on the beach in Seaside, then headed to Cannon Beach where we had an amazing sandwich and cold Guiness at Mariner’s Market.  The next morning a lovely woman named Jeanie took our picture with Haystack Rock in the background.