Sunday, July 29, 2018

Celebrate This Week: Grateful for The Man in the Parking Lot!

Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.

When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build. 

   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.

I'm not sure why I locked the car because I was only walking a few feet away to retrieve a shopping cart. But when I returned, the remote would not unlock the door. I panicked because grandson Jack was in the car. It was a warm day (for Seattle). I had opted to park in the shade. But as I continued to hit the remote with no response, my worry increased. I looked up to see a man and his wife walking my way headed for the car next to me. I explained the situation to the wife who immediately called her husband over. He commented that the battery was probably dead. He headed back to the driver's side and managed to get the remote to work! Call it a coincidence that this good samaritan happened along at just the right time. I call it a tender mercy, one of those times that the Lord sent someone my way at just the right time. Jack and I did our grocery shopping and headed to electronics to get the battery replaced. That's when I learned about the key on the remote that will let you get into the car (but not drive it). Good information to know! So grateful for the helpful guy in the parking lot and the salesperson in Fred Meyers who opened the remote and replaced the battery for me. 

This week has been filled with more time to play tourist since our niece Darlene and her daughter Esther are visiting from Kansas. Friday's activity was the Kidsquest Museum with Jack and Esther. On Saturday we explored the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market. Today they were planning on the Space Needle and the Chihuly Museum! We've kept them busy. Tomorrow they head back home to Kansas. It's been fun to share our cooler weather (according to them), the fun spots around Seattle, and to just enjoy being together. 

Kidsquest Museum

Aquarium pics with the otters

 Teddy shows off his driving skills 
at Grandma Barb's house.
Roses from my yard
 Thanks, Darlene, for helping me 
prune and deadhead and for climbing 
the ladder to clip these roses grown too tall!


  1. What a nice time! Love the two little ones on the tractor. So glad everything turned out ok in the parking lot. I once had an “adventure” in a Fred Meyer parking lot when I lived in Portland... I set my purse on top of the car as I put the bags inside and drove off without retrieving it. I didn’t realize my mistake until I got home. I drove back to the store and a wonderful, honest person had turned it in at customer service, completely intact. Tender mercy are the right words.

  2. I am grateful for the kind stranger too! And love your beautiful roses.

  3. I'm happy to hear that the key problem was easily fixed, but know you probably were very worried. Wow, the silly things we get ourselves in to! Your visitors and your time with them looks like lots of fun, Ramona, and I always love seeing those grands!

  4. Those roses! And those sweet faces... I recognize your panic with sweet boy in the car... glad that was resolved quickly! xo

  5. Adorable children! Beautiful flowers! So many gorgeous images in this post.