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Hi, my 3 moms from vacation-land.  How have Cathy and I been caring for your grandkids the past few days, you ask?  Great question.  We’ve been living "the-greatest-wife-in-the-world’s" dream.  My wife’s love language is quality time, quality time, quality time.

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Had the chance to visit the SAC Museum in Nebraska.  I got a really strong recommendation from my friend, Tom, to hit it up.  Thanks, Tom!  Seeing these massive machines up close was impressive.  Took both my kids in the flight simulator.  Wow.  You can do barrel rolls and loops and the machine simulates it all.  My kids were brave gunners with Dad, the crazed pilot.  πŸ™‚  Baby girl enjoyed performing at the USO exhibit.

But the most compelling part of the museum for Cathy and I was the story of "The Doolittle Raid."   We read every word and studied every picture of every display there, including an actual B-25.  The raid wasn’t a strategic or tactical victory.  But it was a huge morale shift.  The museum did an excellent job of bringing that moment to life.

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We
hit up the Bass Pro Shop.  (Why is it that we’ve never visited the Bass Pro Shop in Olathe, but we seem to hit up a store every vacation???)

The "little clone" headed straight for the (hunting) video games.  Baby girl said we should buy every thing we passed.  And the wife enjoyed the sights (and smells) of the wildlife.

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We had the chance to take in a second fireworks display.  Before the show, we played all types of outdoor sports: baseball, kickball, basketball, soccer, and scooter-ing.  We also had a picnic on the comfortable and spacious parking lot.  (We had a blast!)  That night the fireworks display was distant, but very good.

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Nighttime with the kids?  Check out these pix.

Cathy and I talked about how vacation-mode is finally kicking in.  It seems like we need a few days to unwind enough so our minds and bodies realize we aren’t kidding about this break.  It’s real.  And it’s so, so welcome.  I still remember several of my family vacations when I was a child.  And we are creating memories now in their lives which will last for a lifetime.

Seems like our lives sometimes resembles the disciples’ lives, when they needed Jesus to unplug them from the fast pace of transforming lives for the kingdom of God.

And He said to them, β€œCome aside by yourselves to a deserted place and
rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not
even have time to eat.  (Mark 6:31)

Listening is good.  L8R.