Monday, September 21, 2009

What three months on the road will do to you...

A lot of my friends have asked, "Where's Virelle been all summer?" The simple answer is living out of a suitcase along with my husband, Steve, for three months traveling around New York State visiting our parents, kids, and grandkids. Sure, vacation calls us back home, so much of our time was spent reconnecting with loved ones, especially my husband's parents in western New York. We also came home with new appreciation for the busy lives our kids lead managing work, church, business and family life. Our eight grandkids are growing tall, strong, smart, handsome, and beautiful. Of course. They're our grandkids! Take a look at all eight lined up according to age. Pretty cool bunch.

We also spent three weeks at our wilderness camp in the Adirondack Mountains north of Lake Placid. Having been the only members of our family to have lasted that long in the woods, let me just say how good indoor plumbing, electricity, and running water look to us now. Still, there's no place else on earth as beautiful as our camp setting. Where else do you find moose tracks on the beach, pine scented breezes, and spectacular views everywhere?

Best of all, we were able to care for Steve's Mom and Dad, ages 93 and 96, for six weeks over the summer offering us priceless opportunities to return love they've given us lavishly over our lifetime. We wouldn't trade it for the world.

Guess what we learned?
- Nothing is more important than love
- Our family and friends are our greatest treasures
- We need very little to be truly happy

How about you?
Incidentally, I'm speaking at Cooperstown Bible Conference in North Dakota this weekend. Hope to see some of you there!
Grace to you,