It’s good to be back. Of course a week ago it was good to be leaving. And that’s how it’s supposed to be.
Sarah and I greatly enjoyed our week away. We went to the Outer Banks, and on the way home stopped for a couple of days with one of our daughters, whose husband is deployed with the Navy, and their two children.
Here’s what we did while apart from ordinary schedules and demands:
- We got caught up with each other at length – something that happens only in snippets during ordinary weeks.
- We walked on the beach.
- We took long bike rides, relishing the flowers in their full spring glory.
- We read. I caught up on five months of Christianity Today – what a stellar magazine.
- We did some on-line tutorials on editing videos.
- I researched family lines on ancestry.com. It was fun getting one line back to the 11th century, and mapping where these ancestors lived.
- We checked out historical sights – like the one pictured here with Sarah.
- We slept without alarm clocks.
- We decided each day what to do, since we had no schedules dictating to us.
- And we played with our grandchildren!
Actually the Lord has provided that we have a day each week marked by that kind of freedom – a sabbath. But periodically we also need some gathered sabbath days. Thank you, St. Giles, for the gift of a week apart.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all!