Catching Up


The blog has been silent for a couple of weeks. If you followed what was happening in the first two weeks of the new year, you can probably figure out why that is so. The first half of the month was a roller coaster, but God graciously worked and demonstrated again and again why He is so worthy of praise.

On the 18th of this month, my wife and I left for a week away in order to celebrate our 25th anniversary which is coming up in February. Given family and ministry responsibilities around the actual date, we opted for taking off a month ahead of time. As it turns out, it really was the perfect time for us to get away. We enjoyed a quiet week down in Mexico with lots of sun, exercise, food, and time together. This was the first vacation that we had taken together alone that had no connection to anything ministerial since our honeymoon 25 years ago. Please don’t read that statement as anything anti-vacation—we’ve had the best vacations that anybody could desire over those 25 years, but they’ve always been with family. We’ve been able to go, owing to the generosity of my parents, to incredible places along with my extended family (parents, sisters, brothers-in-laws, and a pack of great nephews and nieces). We have a blast together. Claudia and I (and our sons) would not trade it away at all. So this was very different and very, very nice.

I love Michigan, even in the winter, but I also love to slip away to the sun periodically. I love the ministry, but it is also nice to unplug for a little bit and recharge. I love having the whole clan with us on vacation, but it was great to spend a week alone with the best wife a man could ever have. After putting up with me for 25 years, I am not sure if making her spend a week alone with me is fair, but we had a great time. Leaving 80 degree weather to come back to freezing stuff wasn’t great, but at least my sons hadn’t burned the house down while we were gone.

I’ve been trying to catch up on things this week while getting ready for Northland’s Heart Conference next week, so posting has been low on the priority list. I hope that will change soon, but figured I’d at least let you know that the blog has not gone extinct.

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