Our friends and former students, Jon and Carli Steele, just got married in San Diego at Point Loma Nazarene University. We decided to take a mini-vacation to San Diego to watch them get hitched and check out a few of the sites. We played tourist on Saturday and went to San Diego's Balboa Park, which is called the Smithsonian of the West. We could have spent a week there checking out all the fabulous museums, park and play areas and the zoo. Really we only had a few hours for the fun.
We were able to walk through a few of the garden areas and catch a puppet show. Meilani loved the rendition of "Rumplestilskin" in Balboa Park's very own puppet theatre with daily shows. After the show, we got to try out some hand puppets. (Big fun for Daddy G!)
We met up with our friends Chris and Jen Schultz and baby Sam for lunch. They, too, made the trek to San Diego for the wedding. We ate at a quaint Japanese cafe and celebrated Jen's birthday in the sun. Then we headed to my Aunt Elma and Uncle Manuel's house to change clothes for the wedding. Auntie and Uncle were the extraordinary hosts, offering up a full bedroom and a fine array of Filipino foods to us all weekend. What a blessing!
We scurried off to the wedding at Point Loma Nazarene and witnessed a breathtaking wedding looking out over the hill at the ocean. Then we joined the wedding party for a real Hawaiian par-tay at Bali Hai restaurant just down the hill.
Meilani enjoyed all the music and Hawaiian foods. Our favorite part of the reception was watching Carli dance a Hawaiian wedding song for Jon. Ericlee was a little misty-eyed thinking about our wedding six years ago. Aloha!
On Sunday, we visited a wonderful multicultural church called Harbor with our friends Melissa and Justin Panian. I went to Costa Rica with Melissa back in college for a study abroad semester and we've stayed in touch. We loved meeting their adopted son Amare from Ethiopia and eating a yummy Ethiopian meal. We were encouraged and were able to encourage Melissa and Justin who find themselves in a very similar journey to our own with job situations and future goals. This quality time with them was perhaps the best part of our trip to San Diego.