Monday, July 25, 2011


Tom and I have been to the beaches of Normandy five times and Tom has given tours two other times. It remains one of the most moving trips we ever take.

Tom at the grave of General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

One of the most amazing and moving sights I have ever seen..nearly 10,000 of our brave Americans laid to rest on foreign soil valiantly fighting for the freedom of another country. What price freedom!!

This says it all. I am proud to be an American!! And I am so thankful that God has called Tom and me to take the gospel to our military.

A moving display in the museum on Omaha Beach representing the fallen soldier.

Mark and Julie at Omaha Beach taking the long walk down to the actual beach where our men came ashore during WW2.

Tom praying after our group sang "God Bless America" in the American cemetery on Omaha Beach.

Dr. Randy King giving the devotion at the American cemetery on Omaha Beach.

One of the men in our group, a Vietnam veteran from Oshkosh, WI, was asked to participate in the retiring of the colors at Omaha Beach. What an honor and what a memory for him to take home.

Some Pictures of the Normandy Tour Bus Trip and French Country Side ~

I love the French country side and especially the country homes like this one.

Mark doing some computer work while traveling. Our bus was extremely comfortable.

Each morning we had devotions on the bus before beginning the tour of the day.

Dr. and Mrs. Randy King getting in some snoozes on the bus.

Our Good Friends - the Randy Kings ~

Dr. and Mrs. Randy King, dear friends and Pastor of Wyldewood Baptist Church in Oshkosh, WI, brought about a dozen folks over for our biennial tour of the beaches of Normandy. In addition Tom took them on a Rhein River cruise with a stop for coffee and kuchen at the Rheinfeld Castle in St. Goar, Germany.

Where Has Time Flown?

We have had an incredibly busy schedule since the first of the year and my blog page has suffered terribly. I am going to try and catch up and stay caught up. I use my blog page not only as a little insight into our lives as a family and missionaries, but also as a personal journal. So.....I've gotta get busy!!!!!