Vacation. Day Two.

1. I started to play again today.

The church I serve has been changing over the past while and its changing for the better. It's becoming  a church of people with honest life struggles, some of which look to have no easy answers. So this year has been much busier for me and one of the ways I can tell that is that my Ham Radio logbook hasn't had a new entry since before christmas.

Amateur radio is one of the ways I play and have some fun. But I haven't really played with that in a long long time.

But today I finally got my 2-meter Kenwood radio installed in the van and that was fun. Now I can play while on the road. That's great, a good start.


2. I was contacted to write a Christmas piece for a denominational magazine.

This, is cool and a good challenge for me.
I enjoy writing but that discipline has really sort of dried up for me in the past years. My Spiritual Director has been inviting me to re-engage and consider this part of my life again and I am excited by the possibilities.

So then this invitation came today. Pretty encouraging opportunity.


Day two. Check.



Vacation. Day One.

Dear Diary,

Its officially day one of my vacation, and Herself is sitting beside me on the couch, playing some of her games on her phone.

She has just enquired as to what the heck I'm chewing on and biting here in my mouth because it may make her crazy and candy is meant to be enjoyed by sucking on it, not chewing on and biting in half.

Well Diary, this will be an awesome first week, I'm sure of it.

Tomorrow will be day two.



Regards,
etc.



Thanksgiving


This photo from Thomas and Terri Lynn's wedding is missing one full quarter of their group. Because of new babies and government bureaucracy, Johanna the eldest was unable to be there for the day. 
I didn't realize it till I got home and viewed the photo, just how much they all have grown. They have matured and grown into their own spirits in ways that I'm deeply proud of.

Then to hear from people who have met them and interacted with them and its their character that is commented on again and again. All four of them. That's pretty cool for any dad.

So this Thanksgiving day while all but one of them is living in different cities and countries, I'm pretty grateful for these people and how they have helped shape who I am becoming.

I'm thankful for this family, this growing family, and I love them lots.



Into The Quiet


A week ago I was in this place.
Introducing people to the wonders of silence, and solitude, and quietening the noise so that you could hear your heart beat again. Because when you get still and you listen, God is there. And he has things to say.

People are longing for that gift, more and more.
And I love showing them the possibilities in it.