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HE HAS ARRIVED!!



The Proud Parents and Grandparents

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

Today our grandson, Malachi James Mester made his entrance at 8:01AM weighing in at 9-1/2 pounds and about 21 inches long. We are so thankful to God for our precious new grandson! More pictures to follow.

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ARE ALL THE CHILDREN IN?



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Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

ARE ALL THE CHILDREN IN
BY Florence Jones Hadley

I think oft times as the night draws nigh
Of an old house on a hill,
Of a yard all wide and blossom-starred,
Where the children played at will.
And when the deep night at last came down,
Hushing the merry din,
Mother would look all around and ask,
“Are all the children in?”

Tis many and many a year since then,
And the old house on the hill,
No longer echoes childish feet,
And the yard is still, so still.
But I see it all as the shadows creep,
And though many the years have been,
Since then, I can hear my mother ask,
“Are all the children in?”

I wonder if, when those shadows fall,
On the last short earthly day,
When we say goodbye to the world outside,
All tired of our childish play.
When we meet the Lover of boys and girls,
Who died to save them from sin,
Will we hear Him ask as mother did
“Are all the children in?”

As far back as I can remember, my mom loved to read to her children. She not only read stories to us but also poetry. Mom even had a few poems committed to memory and could quote them verbatim. One of her favorite poets was Edgar Guest. So it is no wonder that as I grew older, I too enjoyed reading and even writing some of my own poetry. The above poem was one that mom especially enjoyed reading. And when I became a mother, I began to understand why. As a mother, lying in bed each night, I had no greater satisfaction than to know that my little boy who had come in from a day of play, was fed, bathed and tucked into his bed, and safe for the evening. A deep contentment beyond words would fill my heart. All was well with my life because in a world fraught with danger and peril, my child was home; secure and protected. I remember when Jeremy started first grade at a new school. As a young mom, I was concerned for his safety there. What kind of influences would be there that might shape my son’s spirit? How could I protect him from the wrong influences? I prayed to God and asked him to send his angels to protect my son from harm. A few days later, my sister Ann came to me and said that she had a dream about Jeremy. In her dream, he was sitting in his classroom at school. Ann noticed in the dream that there was a man sitting near Jeremy gazing at him. She then realized in the dream that it was an angel keeping watch for Jeremy’s safety. Ann did not know that I had brought my concerns to God in prayer, but He answered my prayer through Ann’s dream. And I felt secure in knowing God was protecting my boy when I couldn’t.

As the New Year approached, this poem was brought to my memory. I’ve been a mother now for almost 28 years and will be a grandmother in a couple of days. One thing I have learned is that no matter how old your children are, you never stop asking the question, “Are all the children in?” Is my child safe? There is a parallel in the above poem between physical and spiritual safety. And the latter is of equal importance. We should also have a godly concern for our children’s spiritual safety. God has entrusted us with our children, and oh how vital that we train them up to live for Him and walk in truth. I can remember praying diligently for our son that he would someday come to know God and be filled with His Holy Spirit. When he was around 15, I had been really burdened in prayer for Jeremy. One night, I had dozed off in the family room and had a very brief dream, almost a vision. I saw Jeremy with his hands raised praising God. Immediately I awoke, and there was Jeremy sitting in front of me. I held onto that dream for two years and thanked God regularly for the promise that he would save my boy. When he was 17, God deeply touched Jeremy at chapel time at his school. That night at a revival service, he was filled with the Holy Ghost! Later that month, he was baptized in the name above all names, Jesus Christ! God had made a change in him. The Apostle John said “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John Vs. 4. Now I could truly say “all the children were in”!

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HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY, JENNIFER!



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Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my beloved niece, Jennifer Elise a happy 18th birthday! Jen, tonight as I was looking at some photos of you in your babyhood and younger years, I was amazed once again at how quickly time passes. I remember how excited I was when you were born, and I became a real auntie for the first time. I would go to your house often on my lunch hour just so I could see you and hold you and kiss you and drink in everything about your baby mannerisms. I remember how thrilled I was to watch you during church while your mom taught Sunday school. That was when you first developed your love of shoes that you still have today! LOL How many pairs do you own now??? I remember the church service in 1999 when with hands raised, eyes closed and tears cascading down your 7-year-old face, God filled you with His precious Spirit. You fell in love with Jesus as a young child, and I’ve seen so much growth in you through the years. Because of your love for God and people, your friend Brea came to the Lord. I’ve seen your godly influence on other friends in your life as well. God has blessed you with musical talent. You play and sing so beautifully, and I’m so proud that you are using your talents to give God glory. You have a special walk with Him. Never let go of that dedication and consecration to God. My heart is full of gratitude, and with tear-filled eyes, I thank the Lord for a very precious and special niece. I love you sweet Jenga! All my love, Aunt Kiki

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Splashdown 2009



Mike by The USS Hornet

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

Today Mike and I spent an enjoyable and educational afternoon on board the USS Hornet, which has been converted into a museum. The Aircraft Carrier USS HORNET Museum is a national treasure, having participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century — World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission.

Now peacefully moored at historic Alameda Point on San Francisco Bay, the USS HORNET is a timeless memorial to those who defended our American values and to those who have pursued America’s technological advancements. In 1969, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet recovered the first two NASA missions that landed men on the moon – Apollo 11 and Apollo 12. The ship is the largest surviving artifact from these incredible events, which are among the most important in the history of humankind. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, the featured speaker was former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 11 and the 2nd man to walk on the moon. The USS Hornet served as a premier platform for the release of Buzz Aldrin’s newest book: “Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon.” The book is a memoir about his triumphs in space and the hard times back on Earth.

Following his public speech at about 1:15PM, Buzz had an autograph session where he signed copies of his new book for the first time in the SF Bay Area. Mike had purchased two books, one for him and one for Jeremy. As we waited in line, we learned that all 1,050 of Buzz’s books had sold out by 1:15PM. There were about 2,000 people at this memorable event, and we were privileged to briefly see Buzz as he signed our books. Due to the large number of people waiting to have their books signed, he was not able to shake hands or write anything personal in our books other than his name. But he did look at us and said “Thank you”. That was probably the highlight of our time there.

There were many other exhibits and activities for kids and adults alike, including a flight simulator, model Mars rovers, actual moon rocks, the mobile quarantine facility used for the Apollo 14 crew, and many more. You can click on the title under the above picture to be directed to my flickr website and view more pictures. It was truly an enjoyable and informative day for us.

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New Addition

Pierre the Red Cap Fish

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

In addition to the four goldfish in our backyard pond, we now have a new fish that we’ve named Pierre. Because of the red cap situated above his head, he resembles a French man, hence, the name Pierre. Pierre is a red cap fish from the goldfish family. Another name for this type of fish is oranda. An oranda is a fancy goldfish characterized by a prominent raspberry-like hood encasing its head. The hood or headgrowth (also known as wen) encases the whole head except for the eyes and mouth. Due to the fleshy outgrowth on the upper half of its head and sides of its face, the oranda has become one of the most popular goldfish. It is described as wen by the aquarists. The oranda is a metallic or matte scaled goldfish that is similar in appearance to the veiltail. It has a large, long and deep body accompanied by a long quadruple tail. This four-lobed and contracted tail normally spreads out broadly when the oranda stops swimming. The headgrowth of young fry may take one to two years to develop.[1][2] The oranda can reach 8 to 12 inches (20 to 31 centimeters) in length.[2][3]A specimen from China, named “Bruce” (after late actor and martial artist Bruce Lee), has attained 15 inches in length.[1] Sometimes the wen grows enormously covering its eye,due to this the eye sight is limited or no vision.These fishes should not be destroyed because they can still manage to survive. Special care should be given to the wen because it is prone to bacterial infections.Oranda can tolerate temperatures from 65-78 °F.More recently blue scale oranda have been developed but these fishes are very rare[5]. Oranda goldfish are especially sensitive to cold temperatures, more so than other goldfish.

Originally, Mike had purchased three orandas for our outdoor pond. However, a few days later, he found one and then two of the fish had been sucked into the bottom suction drain in our pond. Unfortunately, they did not survive. So today, Mike purchased an aquarium for the remaining oranda. Pierre seems quite content in his new home, which we have placed in Jeremy’s old room.   Feels like we’re parents again!  We hope to add a couple more buddies to Pierre’s home soon.

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Minaret Summit View

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

ANNIVERSARY ROAD TRIP DAY 3

Today we were up and on the road by 9:00 AM. We were headed to our next destination – the town of Bishop. The skies were a milky white with darker clouds gathering on the horizon. The temperature was in the low 40’s. Hard to believe it’s June. Since these trips are also meant as a time for exploration and adventure, we decided to turn off and visit Virginia Lake, not too far from Twin Lakes. This lake was rather small, compared to Twin Lakes, but it had a similar beauty. It was surrounded by high, snow-capped peaks, and there were many fisherman lined up along its shores. They were having great success in their endeavors as the lake was well stocked with fish. Mike and I crossed a rickety wood foot bridge and made our way to the shore’s edge to take some photos. Since it was overcast, we did not spend a lot of time here. We checked out the resort lodge, and I spoke with a young man named Christian who worked in the store there. He informed me that the lake we had just seen outside was actually little Virginia Lake. There was a big Virginia Lake further up the road. He pulled out a map and began to show me that there were many lakes which made up the Virginia Lakes. They also had a hike that would take you from there to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. I’m sure that would be a rather arduous and strenuous hike. I prefer to drive there.
We continued on our drive and stopped about 15 minutes later at Mono Lake in Lee Vining, CA. We have been to Mono Lake many times, but we still enjoy visiting. Mono Lake is a majestic body of water covering about 65 square miles. It is an ancient lake, — one of the oldest lakes in North America. It has no outlet. Throughout its long existence, salts and minerals have washed into the lake from Eastern Sierra streams. Freshwater evaporating from the lake each year has left the salts and minerals behind so that the lake is now about 2 1/2 times as salty and 80 times as alkaline as the ocean. The Mono basin’s long history of volcanism is evident in the hills that mark the north and east boundaries of the basin. To the south lie the Mono craters. Panum Crater, the northern most of these craters erupted only 650 years ago. Mono’s islands are also volcanic. Pahoa Island is thought to be around 300 years old. Hot springs and steam vents in the basin show that volcanic activity is still present. This whole area of the eastern sierras is full of geo-thermal activity. Mike and I even saw a hot springs along the side of the road. We stopped at the Mono Lake visitor center and perused the displays and their gift shop. Mike bought me a little stuffed bird that chirps when you squeeze it. We have been collecting these birds for a few years now. The one he purchased today was a meadowlark. I named her Malarky.
Our next stop along the way was the town of Mammoth Lakes. We drove to the Minaret Summit view, which is over 9,000 feet in elevation. From this lookout, we can see across the valley to the group of mountains known as The Minarets. These peaks are very jagged and have a beauty all their own. Storm clouds were gathering, so we did not stay too long here. We took several photos and also video taped the Minarets and its environs using my cell phone. We then sent the video to Jeremy our son. It’s amazing what you can do with modern technology. It still blows my mind.
We reached the town of Bishop at about 2:30 PM. After checking into our room and getting settled, we drove around the town to do some exploring. We headed east on Hwy 6 for a few miles as we wanted to check out the Laws Railroad Museum. It was closed by now, but we wanted to find it in order to visit tomorrow. We rode a few miles further on Hwy 6. We were out in the middle of nowhere, with the White Mountains to our east and much scrub and sagebrush everywhere else. Out towards the west, dark foreboding clouds hovered ever closer. We could see sheets of rain in the distance dumping on the mountains.
We headed back into town and found a local Mexican Restaurant where we ate a delicious, albeit a little too spicy meal. Ironically, above our table was a big photo of over 100 different hot sauce brands. We looked to see if the “Wrath of God” hot sauce was there, but it wasn’t. We had a good laugh over the names of some of the other hot sauces though. There were names such as “Last Rites”, “Lotta Hotta,” “911”, and “Spitfire”. My favorite was “Tongues of Fire”. We retired early to get a head start on the next day’s adventure.

Old Cabin at Little Virginia Lake

Old Cabin at Little Virginia Lake

Boats by Little Virginia Lake

Boats by Little Virginia Lake

Little Bridge at Virginia Lake

Little Bridge at Virginia Lake

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Is He Over the Hill?



Is he over the hill?

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

This past weekend, we threw a surprise party for our dear brother-in-law, Pete, who turned 50 yesterday. Is he over the hill? Well, in dog years, he’d be 350, but in giant redwood years, he’d be only about 3-1/2. So I guess it’s all in your perspective. There were many friends and family there to help us celebrate. We had a tremendous time, laughing, eating, singing and reminiscing. To see more pictures, just click on the link below Pete’s picture.

Pete has been a member of our family since 1983 when he swept my sister Carol off her feet and married her. I don’t consider Pete to be a brother-in-law. He’s more than that. He’s been a great brother, who is generous, loving, and caring. We are so blessed by God to have him in our family. Happy Birthday Pete! We love you bunches!

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