Slippery Stickers

By Mark Hopper Recently I took one of my grandchildren to one of my favorite fast food restaurants.  She loves the french fries and I love the burgers.  Yummm!   The nice lady at the cash register took our order and then handed a page of stickers to my granddaughter.  This small page of stickers […]

Strong Feather

By Mark Hopper I have probably written about this in the past, but I was reminded of it again when my wife and I were in Arizona recently.   My wife and I grew up in the Phoenix area in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  We actually met during our freshman year at Scottsdale High School.  […]

Baby Birds

By Mark Hopper I have written several articles over the years about the birds that build nests and raise new babies at our house.  My initial reaction is that they are messy and they don’t clean up after themselves!  Bird’s nests would never pass inspection by the health department.   In addition, they infringe on […]

Watch for Camels

By Mark Hopper We saw a lot of camels on our recent trip to Israel.  We saw some camels at tourist stops where people could pay the owner five dollars to sit on a one and get their picture taken. We also saw a lot of camels on the hillsides as we rode down the highway […]

A Little Light Goes A Long Way

By Mark Hopper During our tour in Israel, we were given the opportunity to walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel in the city of Jerusalem.  Around 700 BC, the city of Jerusalem was threatened by the powerful Assyrian army.  The Assyrians were one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East at that time.  Their empire […]

Indiana Jones Was Here

By Mark Hopper Some of my favorite movies are the ones with Harrison Ford as the lead actor “Indiana Jones”.  His first adventure was the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and another one was “The Last Crusade”. I know that Disneyland has an Indiana Jones ride which is a lot of fun.  But, recently, my […]

30 Years (Part One)

By Mark Hopper Thirty years is a long time. It is almost a third of a century. But, that is how long we have lived in Diamond Bar, California. I began my new job as the pastor of our church on June 1, 1988 – 30 years ago. My wife and kids stayed in Arizona waiting for our […]

Stuck on the 405

By Mark Hopper Recently, my sister in law’s car broke down while she was driving on the 405 Freeway.  Bummer! She had spent a few days with her grandchildren in San Diego and was driving home to in Bakersfield when her Nissan began to sputter and finally died in the middle of the north bound 405 […]

The Final Four

By Mark Hopper The Final Four championship of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament was held in San Antonio, Texas a few weeks ago in the huge Alamo Dome. I actually attended the Final Four At that same location about 20 years ago.  It was a great experience that I still remember. Unfortunately, my favorite college teams were […]

Bumper Crop

By Mark Hopper I always say that the nicest days in California are the days after it has rained. We have enjoyed some beautiful weather the past few weeks thanks to string of winter storms that brought blue skies, white puffy clouds and crystal clean air. It reminds you why Southern California is such a nice place […]

Decorating For Easter

By Mark Hopper One of my least favorite assignments is to “get the boxes down from the attic.”  I hear these words several times a year, when my wife wants to decorate our house for a new season.   The largest number of storage boxes contain Christmas decorations.  Most of these are stored on shelves in the garage.  […]

Impossible (Part 2)

By Mark Hopper A few weeks ago, I shared that the foundation of the Christian faith is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  Easter Sunday is the day that Christians around the world celebrate this important and remarkable event. For many people it just seems impossible. Why would anyone believe that a dead person […]

How Did I Get Here?

By Mark Hopper I was sad when I heard the news that Billy Graham died.  He was 99 years old.  I never met the man, but he had a profound influence in my life and my family. According to the news reports, Billy Graham spoke to over 200 million people who attended his crusades during […]

Planning Ahead

By Mark Hopper My wife and I will be celebrating our 47th anniversary soon.  That is a lot of anniversaries to celebrate and it is a lot of Valentine’s Days to remember, too. You would think that we would have learned to plan ahead by now.  But that is not the case.  Sometimes things just […]

Impossible

By Mark Hopper In C.S. Lewis’s famous book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, there is a remarkable scene where the evil White Witch killed the powerful Lion named Aslan.  Aslan had willingly surrendered himself to the Witch.  She and her minions had bound, ridiculed and humiliated the Lion and she had personally killed […]

Fun With Grandkids

16By Mark Hopper We enjoy taking care of two of our grandchildren one day a week.  They like coming to “Grammy’s” house.  I don’t know why it is not my house too, but to them it is known as “Grammy’s” house. One of the reasons they like to come to our house is that we have […]

A Famous Photo

By Mark Hopper Three years ago, my wife and I celebrated Christmas with our whole family in Lisbon, Portugal.  Our four adult children, three son-in-laws and seven grandchildren were all together for five memorable days. My wife’s mother was unable to travel with us to Portugal, but she sent some money to purchase gifts for […]

Wash Your Car

By Mark Hopper People seem to be on edge since we have not had any rain since last March or April.  Normally, we start getting rain in Southern California in November or December. The typical rainy season extends from November to March. Now we are entering a new year with no rain in sight. I have noticed […]

If I Had A Hammer

By Mark Hopper It is a privilege and an honor to be a grandfather to eight precious grandchildren. They bring delight and joy into our lives. One of the special benefits of being a grandparent is the variety of gifts that we receive from our grandchildren.  I’m sure that their parents provide guidance and assistance as our […]

The Christmas Train

By Mark Hopper I have shared in the past that I received a Lionel Train set for Christmas when I was a young boy. We have a photo of me and my father and my grandfather playing with my new train on Christmas morning in the 1950’s. The train set was lost for many years in a closet in […]