Allie (20 - eek!!) is getting married in May. She met her man because her original plan to move off to Africa for a year fell through, and she found herself disappointed and "stuck" at home going to community college last fall. When she called me from speech class and told me about this sold-out-for-Christ guy who sang Amazing Grace as part of his speech, we knew that Caleb was someone special, and - holy cow - did God sovereignly change the direction of her life in order for them to meet, or what? What do I know about planning weddings? Nothing. But I suppose I will be an expert after planning four of them. Any tips welcome. Seriously.
Neal (18) graduated in June and is commuting to college this year. I feel so amazingly blessed to have the gift of an extra year with this young man at home. I think he realizes he's got it pretty darn good, too.
Annie (12) is navigating the up-again, down-again world of 6th grade, finding her way as the cliques form and she figures out who is a "heart" friend. Hard to tell a middle schooler that she may only have one or two of these in her entire lifetime, and that she might not meet some of them until adulthood. It makes for some good talks, though, usually well past bedtime. She went on her first mission trip this summer and loved the hanging out with the preschoolers.
I resurrected my old ICU skills this summer, surprised that not much had changed since I last did it 12 years ago. So I'm working a couple days a month in the hospital, and part-time at the college. Loving having a little breathing room to get the dishes done occasionally (note I did NOT say getting the laundry done!). Loving that man more every day. Taking a class a semester toward my master's and working in the yard in between all the wedding planning and comings and goings around here, and cheering on my sister Rachel Anne in her book endeavor! Whew! Life is busy, far from perfect, but good.
So what's new with you?