Howdy! I have been AWOL from the blog this weekend and today for a variety of reasons and want to apologize to those whose comments have languished in my comment queue. My apologies! This weekend we had company (hope you got where you were going safely, G&DW!) and I had my biweekly Cincinnati-Akron-Pittsburgh-Cincinnati trip of awesomeness (it was great to see everyone!), plus we had a rock wall climbing outing today with Boys #1, #2, #3, and #4, which was a great deal of fun. (10-year-old Boy #3 is pictured there to the right, going all the way to the top!) My thanks to CR for asking us along on the wall climbing adventure–the boys had an absolutely fantastic time and seemed to appreciate getting gently pushed out of their comfort zones.
I used to feel bad about doing things like this on a weekday (that is, Monday through Friday), but my Beautiful Wife and others have helped me to get over that. She pointed out that in addition to speaking on the Sabbath, Sundays sometimes involve visits and activities and weeknights involve visits, as well, at times. Consequently, it really is OK for my Dilbert-programmed brain to do something with my family on a weekday when I would normally be working. (Thankfully, she’s patient!) Mr. Phil Sena’s always been a good example to me in this (don’t let it go to your head, Mr. Sena) in the way he organizes his week to ensure he spends time with his family. I’m not at his superstar level of organization, yet–we PC people are so free-wheeling and wacky, you know, not like all them “suit and tie” Apple types…
So, today was a “partially off” day in which we took a bit of a break. Only “partially” in that I still did some work (couldn’t help myself) and the kiddos did some schoolwork. But it was a good break.
And it’s been a break from the blog! 🙂 But with my weekend travel and our wonderful guests from Central America (that is, Kansas and Missouri!) as well as a Church get together Sunday, I couldn’t in good conscience spend time on the keyboard when there were real humans to talk to. (“Oh, we’re not real humans?” you say… Well, you know!) And, I must admit that this week the blogging will be sparse, as well, as I need to get some things in order for the first few months in my area before January and I need to finish preparing my Bible study for the Kansas City weekend. Of course, I go several days without blogging here and there and it’s no big whoop (as my mother would say), but the interactive part of Internet has suffered, which some of you will have noticed. For instance, I have several comments out there sitting in the comment moderation queue (sorry!) and several e-mails in my inbox a-waitin’ to be addressed (sorry, too!). So think of this post as my reminder: I am alive and I will get to those comments and e-mails. Or, think of it as my way of getting my kid’s picture on the Internet so that I can brag: Look at how high he climbed! Clearly, he has an inspiring father. 🙂