Ever feel nostalgic when everything’s going just great? Alan’s turning 64 isn’t the end of the world, after all, even if we may someday have to return to the rock and roll of the Sixties
(and it won’t look anything like it used to). The fact of the matter is, things couldn’t be better! (This is Grandson Oliver.) Our kids are all doing great, and even the kids who live far away go to great pains to stay in touch and cheer our hearts. The kids visit as much as they can! Jonathan even came from Washington over Memorial Day, and although Linda and the kids couldn’t come, we still kept up via Skype. We were also able to sing “Happy Birthday” to Giles and watch him terrorize (…er…devour) his 2nd birthday cake. And, even though Jon had to go back home, he still keeps us laughing from across the country! At the end of May we rented a U-Haul and made a circle tour, cleaning out Joel’s WMU and Stephen’s MSU apartments. Both of our youngest sons are home for the summer, working hard but enjoying a bit of respite before the rigors of fall. Both the guys have great taste, & Chef Stephen (with Chef Joel’s help) made us a14-roll+ sushi extravaganza yesterday as a special double birthday party for Alan and Brianna (who share a birthday) as well as a somewhat sad goodbye party for Lois and Oh, who will be returning to their native homes this week. All this is great, right? Just the way things should be?! Kids grow up and thrive. I wouldn’t want it any other way, and even Alan and I are thriving! Alan got a new pole barn for his birthday, and he’s expecting a new tractor for Father’s Day.So how come if everything’s “just perfect,” I’m still feeling a bit sad this morning? I think it’s a bit of the impending “Empty Nest” syndrome. Alan and I are aging! We’re not “old and helpless” yet, but time is passing, & we’re having to give up some of the old to prepare for the future. But, it’s all good. God is good.
Time to be grateful for our overflowing cups…and clean house! 🙂
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die…a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together…a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,5,6).