One of our sons just moved back to GR and took a new job! Want to guess which one? It can’t be Daniel, because he and Brianna already live here. In fact, Brianna and Alan share a birthday, so last Sunday we had a birthday party together: Brianna’s 33 and Alan’s 66, making her exactly half Alan’s age! That was super fun…although they might not have been quite so thrilled when I pointed out that they’ve now lived one-third and two-thirds of a century of excellence (respectively). I guess they’re no longer spring ducklings…
How time flies!! To make it a little harder to guess who’s coming for dinner tonight (and hopefully more fun), I thought I’d add a few pictures of who’s already been coming over to eat at our house every day. Raccy Coon and family come pretty much every day…although they tend to come for an early-morning breakfast and prefer fish for dinner (which we’re having tonight). Brunch guests include the gaggling geese and their gangly goslings, although the ducklings seem to prefer late afternoon luncheons on the lawn. The woodpecker’s speciale is grubs ala log, and the the baby robins are very partial to worms ala mom, although both their parents love cherries! In fact, I’d say our black cherry tree has by far the favorite feasting fare at the moment, and the squirrels, birds, and chipmunks strip it bare before the cherries have a chance to really ripen. 😦 So, it’s not like we don’t have lots of company for dinner, but tonight is going to be very special, because Joel will be dining at our dinner table! He finished all his coursework for his PhD, and—enterprising soul that he is—
he’s moved home from Boston and accepted a job working as an assistant editor at Kregel Publications, the oldest of four Dutch Christian publishing houses based here in Grand Rapids. Their office is just a few miles from our house, and he could bike it, although he just bought a sporty Honda Fit last night, so he’s ready to travel!At first Alan and I were appalled to think he’d leave his full-ride scholarship to take a job, but he can actually write his dissertation in GR if he wants, and he pointed out that most publishing companies require three years of experience before they’ll consider you, so we all feel this job is a special blessing and gift from God. Now, instead of sirens and helicopter sounds at night, he’ll have to get used to geese and our frog chorus. Thank you, Lord! “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.” (Psalm 105:1-3, NIV)
(PS—Just in case any of you are wondering, Joel is still single; all the pictures of Joel are with friends and family.)