A Grand (child) Weekend

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm
By: Doug Lund
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A “Flabbergasted” Judgement Day prognosticator, Harold Camping, finally popped his head out the door of his Alameda, California house Monday morning to say he wouldn’t be giving any interviews until he’s had a chance to contemplate what went wrong with his calculations that there was going to be a heavenly house cleaning on Saturday.

False prophet Camping

False prophet Camping

No dead ancestors raised up from their graves and there were no devastating earthquakes or other wrath of God stuff to mark the end of the world.  The tragedy of this whole doom’s day business is that it has given more fodder for those who already consider Christianity to be pure folly.

It certainly must have seemed like the Apocalypse had come to Joplin, Missouri Sunday as a huge tornado descended from the dark clouds and ripped much of the town to shreds.

graduation tornado

The last death toll I heard was 90 and counting.  I just ache for those on our planet who have lost so much due to natural disasters recently.

On the brighter side of the weekend, Linda and I spent most of it on the graduation trail. It began Saturday as we checked in to say hi and wish congratulations to Washington High grad, Beau Hanish, grandson of our good friends, the Graves. From there we headed over to 93rd street and popped in on the baby shower for my cousin’s daughter, Carrie Hawkins, who looks great after undergoing successful cancer surgery earlier this spring. Her baby made it okay too and is due to make a world debut in July.  From there, it was off to Hartford where our Grandson, Tucker Smith, along with his West Central classmates, proudly marched toward the front of the new high school gym to the familiar refrain of Pomp and Circumstance where they received their high school diplomas.

Tucker and Grandma Linda

Tucker and Grandma Linda

 I caught myself swallowing hard several times remembering Tucker’s fight for survival last winter when blood clots were discovered in his system and had to be removed in a series of operations that were successful but meant he’d be on a lifelong regimen of drugs and he could never play football again.  From Hartford, it was  back to Sioux Falls for his reception.

Sunday, grandson, Michael Hout was on center stage. We joined lots of family and friends for his reception which was followed that evening by Washington High’s graduation ceremony at the Arena.  I think Washington more than any other Sioux Falls high school represents the real cultural diversity our town has experienced over the last decade. I was mighty impressed by the two school administrators who read every graduate’s name perfectly and without hesitation. We’re not just Johnsons, Petersens, Hoffmans and O’Flannerys these days. 

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 One of the best graduation gifts Michael received was on Friday when, in his final at bat for the Warriors baseball team, he blasted a 3 run homer. Michael absolutely loves the game and is eying a couple of colleges that have excellent baseball programs. Those schools have also been eying  HIM. Can’t wait to see who wins.

With graduations now over, Linda and I have time to concentrate on other grandchild milestones..like Ella losing her first tooth.

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Also, Granddaghter Allison’s solo journey to Trondheim, Norway where she was able to see the land of her ancestors and be warmly welcomed by the family of her great great grandfather.

Allison Hout  feeling right at home in Norway

Allison Hout feeling right at home in Norway


We also learned that grandson, Taylor has already had a taste of battle in Afghanistan. I pray that God (The one who doesn’t share time schedules with old California radio prophets) will watch over him and his fellow Marines as they fight to rid the world of those who would have us live in terror.


  1. Scott says:

    Congratulations on the graduations. You have a great looking crew there. Thought I should share this: The rapture did take place on Saturday. The only one God deemed worthy to take was a homeless man from Hoboken, New Jersey who had nothing to spare except his jacket to those who were cold and a few extra morsels of food from the mission which he did share with dedicated regularity. The down side to this is that the only ones that even knew he was gone were the ones who had less than he did. I enjoy your blog.

  2. Joe says:

    I’m so glad that Tucker is doing well. I so much enjoyed him during the football season and then, of course, at Christmas time when we met. We, meaning our broadcast team, met so many great West Central students this past year but Tucker was one of my favorites. Congrats.

  3. Mike H says:

    Doesn’t Harold Camping look like “Walter”, Jeff Dunham’s puppet?

  4. ClaudeM says:

    Walter the puppet has alot more common sense than Harold Camping !!!
    But yeah, they look simular.

  5. Per Pål P says:

    Super post Doug….Super…. Mange Takk…. Per

  6. Joseph says:

    Nice… We’re glad the world kept clicking along here too…

  7. Jeff says:

    Doug If Camping can still read the Bible he would have read that only The Father
    knows. Mark Chapter 13 spells it all out and the main verses are
    31Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

    32But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

    Take note that evan Jesus His own Son will not know the hour.
    And just think Jesus knew ahead of time of His own death on the cross and
    He doesn’t know this…

  8. grouse says:

    It was indeed a big weekend….Lots of memories….and Per Pal P…be sure and check out Doug’s grand daughter Allison’s photos of Byneset, Norway on facebook. The photos of the view from the family farm of the fjord are unbelievable. Also check out our cousin Olav’s barn. It now serves as a popular regional restaurant with an impressive wine cellar. I don’t think folks around these parts have thought of a wine cellar in their barn. It’s bound to make milking time a lot more enjoyable. As far as the Lord coming back….There’s always tomorrow.

  9. Donna says:

    Doug & Grouse, my family is also from Trondheim-do you suppose we’re related????????

  10. CARLA says:

    Doug this is one of your greatest post yet. I loved it. The kids look great!!!

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