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Today is what I call a Roller Coaster Day.  It’s got all sorts of ups and downs.  Some days are like this throughout our life, aren’t they?

Today I had my Endorsement Interview.  This is the second really important interview an ELCA seminarian has as they progress through seminary.  I wasn’t worried about it, but I was a bit nervous – it is an important interview after all. And I did want to do well.  The interview went well and the three person panel recommended Endorsement back to the full Candidacy Committee.  Yay!  We’re at the top of the roller coaster.

Then it was back to the house.  The boys were home with Pappy and were doing fine.  Then I had to “ruin” it.  It was time for the boys to take a bath.  Oh boy. You’d think I was pulling limbs out of sockets.  There was screaming and gnashing of teeth.  I was brought back to the Gospel lesson for this past Sunday where the lesson reads:

41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:41-42)

Whenever I read this passage I will now have the image of my son resisting a bath seared into my head.  I have a feeling that is not the context in which Matthew wrote this.

At any rate, the bath did not happen.  But a nap did.  But not before more weeping and gnashing of teeth.  He resisted until he finally collapsed from exhaustion.

This, in and of itself, was a roller coaster.  I’m glad he is getting a nap in so he is not a wreck for tonight, but I wish we could have gotten the bath in.  Oh well, sometimes you just have to take what you can get.  And this is certainly one of those times.

Later tonight we’ll be back on the high-end of the roller coaster.  That’s because the Best Family Farewell tour continues tonight.  That’s what I’m calling it anyway.  Since we are now so close to leaving, everyone wants a little piece of us – to spend time with them – before we head off.

I’ve been enjoying these visits and parties.  What I’m realizing is how many people care so much about us.  It’s interesting, we’re around and are surrounded by people who care for each one of us each and every day.  And that’s great.  But I never realized how much they care – being around these folks all the time sometimes makes us a little too comfortable and we can forget how important people are in our life.  So thank you to all of you out there who care about me, our family and how we will be doing for the next 11 months.  I appreciate your friendship, your care and your love.  I only hope I can offer the same care, concern and love back to you.