Friday, July 24, 2009

Head over heels...

Another week in Kentucky has passed--and far too quickly. In just a few days, I'll be flying back to Alaska and although I have sorely missed Darice and the pets (and by extension, Ron, who is still in Korea), it will be wrenching to leave Dennae and Richie and my little boys again. They don't know I'll be returning in December to stay with them for an extended period of time. Without a clear concept of the passage of time they'd probably drive their parents insane with questions. So for the time being, I'll be leaving them with the promise that I'll return as soon as I can.

Dustin and Hunter have been going to the YMCA each morning and spending the day in lots of fun activities, but Cannon has stayed home with me while Dennae sleeps. He's an active, inquisitive, and very intelligent little boy and I find it's quite a challenge to keep up with him. It didn't help matters any that I took a tumble in front of the local Cracker Barrel last Sunday morning and hurt both legs and my face badly. I've been hobbling around ever since and chasing after a 2-year-old has been even tougher than usual. But I'll heal and days like the ones I've been spending here in Kentucky are too few and far between to worry about a few aches and pains.

Until the next time...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Back in Kentucky

I'm in Kentucky now visiting Dennae, Richie, Dustin, Hunter, and Cannon for three weeks. It's been wonderful and I'm already dreading saying goodbye. I depart Kentucky and head back to Alaska on July 29th. After that, Darice will be leaving for Mississippi for a few months to finish up her degree at MSU and about six weeks later, Ron will be returning home from Korea. Things will be a bit strange in our household for the next few months, but life is like that once in a while.

I'm amazed at the way the boys have grown and changed--Cannon, in particular. Since it's been a year since I last visited them, they've all grown taller and even more handsome than they were the last time I saw them. I surprised Dustin and Hunter at the YMCA and I was humbled and tickled pink to see how excited they were to see me again. Even little Cannon recognized me--that's due, I'm sure, to his seeing me on the webcam over the past few months.

I continue to work on the book. It's nearly finished, although the editing will never stop. Sooner or later, though, I'll have to say "that's it" and let it go. Changes can always be made later; right now, I need to finish it the best way I know how and send it out to agents and editors. I pray it will find a home. As soon as this one is finished, I'm going to start on another. But I'm a first-class procrastinator and saying I'll do something is a far cry from actually doing it. I pray everyday for the diligence necessary to do the work that God has planned for me.

Until the next time...

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