Friday, May 09, 2014

Commencement and Summer

Two of our children graduate High School this year. Ceremonies and Parties this weekend, and in two weekends!

They'll commence to new transitions and new life. 

Excited for what this means.

I have at least 30 books in a stack - plus about 15 file folders - representing the reading & research that will commence for me very soon.


Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Training in Stewardship

I've been driving a truck with an engine that knocks loudly - for nearly two years.  I only drive it infrequently, but I did not run out and buy a new one when it first "started going out on me." 

About a year ago, our daughter bought her first car, a fairly"beaten-up" Hyundai.  She paid cash for it.  A few days ago, she sold it for 83% of what she paid for it!  Or, said another way, she drove it for 11+ months at an average of $13 dollars per month!  And, she had money to pay cash for a newer, better car.  I'm so very proud of her.

I hope these lessons in stewardship shape our kids for a lifetime.

Van Gogh and a New Horizon

Quite a number of years ago, Van Gogh's Wheatfield with Crows took on meaning for me.

I happened to have recently seen the original on display in Amsterdam, and noted intepretation of the piece including:
  • The dark and black sky- symbolizing impending darkness & death.
  • The crows flying in different directions - symbolizing a lack of direction.
  • The road that seems to disappear - the ending of something with no set destination, even a sense of loss as the road goes to no specific location.
For a time the painting reflected a sense of "darkness" in my own life - and my own sense of unknown future.

My life no longer reflects this.

My life is vibrant and full.


I am blessed indeed.