Wednesday, July 16, 2008

All Quiet on the Home Front

I am trying to get used to the Quiet!

At one point Rita and I had 6 kids living at home. (Two were indian children that we had taken in to teach and are now living in Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela.)

Our oldest got married a few years ago and has her own life in Paraguay. Our son was married a month ago and is getting a good start on his life. It is totally cool to see them happy with the mate God brought into their lives and we pray that they will be as happy as my wife and I.

But to add to the quiet, our 18 years old daughter is in Paraguay with her sister until our arrival and our youngest went to Bible camp this week.

It is really quiet her. We will get the two girls back together once we arrive in Paraguay and have them for a while longer, but this week, truly is a glimpse into future.

I love it. It is totally different. I can also see that it is something to prepare for.

I want to make sure that Rita and I will continue on with our life together as it changes and not meddle in the lives of our children or others. What a careful balance to achieve. We want to be active in our children's lives but not meddlesome. (that will be hard cause those are my grandbabies!!)

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Twenty Five Years Ago

Twenty five years ago I stood at a church altar and swore my eternal love to this beautiful girl. It was about a year earlier that I had asked her to marry me and promised to love her for the rest of her life. At first she laughed in my face. (to her defense.. I was trying to act romantic on one knee instead of the crazy , funny guy I usually am, so I had caught her off guard.)

When she actually responded in kind, instead of giving me the "yeah right!" look I was ecstatic!!!
I was also scared to death that I would fail her in some way and not keep my word. That fear of wounding the one we love , should always be in the back of our minds.

Those who fail at their marriages are the ones who stop caring and trying to understand. Who quit caring if anything they are doing MIGHT be hurting their loved one.

God don't ever let me stop caring!! Don't ever let me stop being scared that I might lose her.
You made her for me.

Thank you Lord