On Thursday, January 28th, we decided to have a joint birthday party for the our children who have birthdays within the next 10 days. Jason is on Jan. 29th, Ashley is Feb. 4th and Stacy is on Feb 9th.
My Mom came by early in the day to give Jason his present - she did not want to leave my Dad home alone since he has been pretty sick. She did bring something that he wanted us to see though. My Dad had been stationed on Guam during World War II. He had done a photo album documenting the 2 years that he was there. It was quite interesting. The album started out with pictures of Japanese suicides - I think they called it Hari Kari. There were lots of pictures of bombed out areas. The Japanese had occupied the island and in driving them out pretty much everything was destroyed. I remembered reading that there were not really any old buildings in the main town and I guess that would be why. The US came in and took over and had to build up any buildings that were needed. Since we found out that we are going to Guam, my Dad has been serfing the net and has gotten a bit excited about maybe coming to visit us so he can see all the changes.
This was also the night that we met with President Barrus and Doug Stokes to be set apart as Missionaries. It really is official now.