“What do you want to do for your birthday?” My son asked me a question a few days before Megan’s wedding. Since I have been doing well without any side effects, I wanted to go away somewhere with my family. After I could enjoy Megan’s wedding, I became more hopeful and last week George reserved a vacation rental in Big Bear Lake, a ski resort, which was about three hours east driving from our home. Unusually, L.A. had rain every day last week and it was cloudy as we left home last Friday. As we got off the 210 FWY and drove a winding mountain road, the fog was so thick that we could barely see even 10 yards ahead, but when we got to the lake, it was sunny as though we had climbed above the clouds. There was no snow yet; the mountains around the lake, where many birds were rested, were colored with evergreen and yellow with autumn leaves. It was the beautiful autumn scenery I longed to see.
Saturday, my children also arrived and it became like a school field trip raising the energy level. We enjoyed walking around the village and the lake, playing games, and celebrating my 56th birthday with a hot apple pie altogether. It has been since last year when we went to San Diego together for George’s birthday, but it is always so fun to have a family trip. In the midst of my battle of cancer, this was an unexpected event and I deeply thank God for this precious family and the beautiful weekend we spent together again. God is good all the time!
with children @ Big Bear Lake Village