Today is the day when my dear little daughter turned 20! Wow! I hope she's having a wonderful day. From the sound of it, Nate and Jessie have conspired to make her day very, very special. Thanks to you two!
Short, but sweet!
Four weeks from today...wait...is this me? I don't have a valid birth certificate, so perhaps this is really not me. It doesn't feel like me. I don't do things like this! But those who know me say that four weeks from today...wow!...I am to board a plane (for the second time this year!) with my wonderful "bosom friend" Nancy, and fly away to Prince Edward Island! Nancy proposed this trip several weeks ago...is treating me, no less...and how could I refuse? To add to the excitement of this, after 5 lovely days on PEI, my sister Linda and Nancy's daughter Laura are flying up to join us for the remainder of the trip. Again I say, "Wow!"
There are all kinds of exciting things about this upcoming trip. Doing some catching up with Nancy, for starters. Seeing the places where Anne and Diana "lived and walked" in the Anne movies. Staying in special hotels and eating at special restaurants. Laughing. Maybe crying.
But one thing that impressed me about the trip to Alaska was the spiritual refreshment that came from it. I met brethren in a far-away church, worshiped with them, and was content that my daughter and her husband had found a good group. I saw things from the air, and while driving around in Alaska, that I had only seen in books. It was awesome in the truest sense of the word. It made me stand in awe of our Creator -- what he's given us, and those he's given us to share it with: family and fellow Christians.
I came home very refreshed. And I have every reason to think that this trip will provide the same kind of experience.
So, as soon as my certified birth certificate arrives in the mail, I will take it to the court house and apply for the passport now necessary to cross the border into Canada. Hopefully, we will not hit a snag here...if so, we're thinking about trying the alternative route, as demonstrated by the Captain and Maria in The Sound of Music...we'll walk across that mountain and go in the back way!
I so wanted to take my time and compose a good post, but alas, I am just writing off the cuff. Since my last post...
I have actually returned from Alaska. Yes! I have not been there all this time, though it would have been lovely. :)
We lost our wonderful cat of 16 years, Fat Cat, to kidney cancer. A very, very sad experience. He was cherished by everyone, and pretty much ruled the household. We will sorely miss him and his "old man ways." Caleb posted about this long ago...
Caleb has finished the year at UNA and moved all his worldly goods home and into Savannah's old room, so as not to have to share with Benjamin any longer. (Both are happy with the arrangement.)
Also finished my tutoring job, unless I am needed for summer tutoring. And of course, Ben has finished up his 7th grade year, and is busy just being 12, which means having fun.
We finally have planted a garden, and it is coming up, though the rain has been very scarce. But I do have tomatoes hanging on one vine! Bunches of them!
Have obtained a new dog, Rolf, to keep Teddy happier when we are not outside to play with him. Rolf is much larger, but has become a furry chew toy for Teddy, who has Jack Russell Terrier blood in him, and is quite hyper. We got Rolf from the animal shelter, and he is a good pooch.
Talk frequently with sweet daughter, who is living out a wonderful extended honeymoon with her honey in the exciting surroundings of Anchorage.
Speaking of honeymoons...we also gained a wonderful niece-by-marriage in May when Seth and Summer tied the knot!
Have begun working (today) with the Rienzi church after good friends Adam and Holly Cooper (and little Lydia) relocated to Florida. We wish them everything good.
Enjoyed a Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard cake for Father's Day. Caleb made it and brought it home last night. Mmmm....
Looking forward to...well, I think I'll save that for a post all by itself. Would you call that a cliffhanger??? (No, Ladies -- and you know who you are!! -- I am not knitting booties.)
Tell me why a whole busload of people sit side-by-side, tending to everyday activities with straight faces, as if flying through the air in this fashion was a normal thing to do? There is NOTHING normal about it! And yet, anyone searching my expression on the last leg of my journey would have assumed that I, too, thought it was a perfectly normal thing to do. Like flying on a magic carpet, or a broomstick. And in the later hours, I snored. Just like my seatmates. We all snored. Nothing unusual about being nearly a mile in the air in pitch blackness over the Pacific Ocean. Nothing at all.
My daughter is just as sweet as the last time. Maybe more so. :) Nathan is just as mischievous. :) And so far, I love Alaska. Maybe I'll put that hillside cabin I've always wanted up here instead of Montana.
More later...and maybe pictures, too!
Please pray for me on my journey, that I will have a safe flight. Also that all will be well in my absence.