there’s no place like home

After more than 9,000 miles over 2 months, we made it home just before Labor Day.  The first thing people said when we got back was, “You’re so tan!”  I guess we spent a lot of time at the pool.  The trailer is all cleaned up and sitting in storage awaiting our next adventure.  We had an amazing time in that trailer.  When we got back to our house, we felt like we had so much room compared to the trailer.

For the last month, we’ve been in what I like to call “reentry mode”.  We honestly had to adjust our mindset to get used to abiding by schedules, and keeping track of our calendar, and staying in one place for more than a week.  But I think we’re pretty much back in the groove now.  Things are rolling along at church.  School is underway.  And autumn is upon us, which proves that time has moved on from the summer, just like we have.

Getting away on a sabbatical was every great thing we thought it would be.  But we know that you don’t rest to be lazy.  You rest so you can go back to work refreshed and energized.  You rest because God tells you rest, and you can’t rely on just you and your work to get everything accomplished.  Some things you just have to leave in God’s hands. You rest to take a deep breath and step back to see what’s really going on, what’s really important.  For us, what’s really important is our family and God’s call on our lives.  The truth is, once we focus on those few things, there really isn’t room for much else.  It turns out to be a simple life (as simple as family and ministry can be).  And I like it.  It’s a good, simple life.  Anything else just makes it too complicated.

That’s enough deep thoughts for now.  Here are some pics from the return journey from Minnesota to Oregon.  We traveled through North Dakota, Montana (our last pool day), Washington (visiting friends in Yakima), and finally home to Oregon.

On another FYI topic, I’ve set a goal for myself that starts tomorrow.  I am going to try to write up a blog post every day in October, just to challenge myself to share more, to write more.  We’ll see how it goes.  See you tomorrow!

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