Friday, August 31, 2007
Yesterday was my daughter's nineteenth birthday. Here are some pictures of her with her boyfriend who is now in Afghanistan. And her with her father before a horse show. Riding horses, working with horses, being with horses, is her life and love. Well besides Ryan and her family.
She's a wonderful dedicated young woman full of compassion and care and drive. Oh, and Ryan comes home for "vacation" in a month. (How does one go on "vacation" from combat and a war zone?)....
It's Labor Day weekend here in the United States, also known as Summer's Last Hurrah. So let's say goodbye to summer and hello to the autumn. (People in other climes, feel free to adapt as needed.)
1. Share a highlight from this summer. (If you please, don't just say "our vacation to the Canadian Rockies." Give us a little detail or image. Help us live vicariously through you!) I did not go away for my vacation this year. Instead I took two off and stayed home. I did some much needed deep cleaning in my house, painted a few rooms, and played. Now as the busy-ness of my life ramps up I can be grateful for how clean and organized my large walk in closet is, or the fact the moving my bedroom furniture around prevents the hall light from shining in my face and waking me up when the kids stay up later than me. I am glad that the rooms that were painted look so clean and fresh and new. And, on my vacation I played with friends, went to Millennium Park several times. Plus most of the summer the weather in Chicagoland has been GLORIOUS! (That is other than the horrible rain, too much rain, and tornado's of last week). It's been a summer of just enough HOT weather to feel like summer, just enough sun, just enough cool days, and well, lately a bit too much wind and rain. But now, we are in for a fabulous Labor Day weekend. So, all in all, a great summer.
2. Are you glad to see this summer end? Why or why not? Well, despite how much I actually enjoyed this summer and our great weather, I am looking forward to fall. I am ready to pull out my fall wardrobe and wear jeans and long sleeved clothes and closed toed shoes. I'm ready to walk my dogs in the cool crisp air of fall and watch the leaves change.
3. Name one or two things you're looking forward to this fall. See above. Plus I am looking forward to our annual Clergy Conference. We all gather for three days and two nights at a conference center north of here. We can walk the beautiful wooded grounds and enjoy the company of our clergy colleagues. Plus this year we have Tony Campolo coming to speak. Also, I am looking forward to meeting our nominees for Bishop and to our Annual Diocesan Convention when we elect the new Bishop. I pray it is a Spirit-filled election.
4. Do you have any special preparations or activities to mark the transition from one season to another? (Cleaning of house, putting away summer clothes, one last trip to the beach) We usually go apple picking.
5. I'll know that fall is really here when: the leaves turn, we pick apples, and pumpkins are everywhere.