Well, being home lasted a little while! 🙂 Currently, Beautiful Wife and I are on our way to Charlotte for the spring Council of Elders meeting. (Don’t worry, she’s driving right now, so I can thumb-type safely to my heart’s content…)
I really enjoy Council meetings, and while I don’t know how long I will be in this spot before Mr. Meredith feels he needs to rotate in someone else, I will enjoy the opportunity until then! There is always a real atmosphere of camaraderie and teamwork, and, like I’ve written about before, that’s what I’d always prayed would be present in the Council. Praying for Mr. Meredith and Mr. Ames and the Church’s leadership and for their guidance and then seeing it in action is encouraging.
That said, it was a little sad to leave the boys this morning. Not that Europe wasn’t wonderful–it was! But as frustrating as the little twerps (said the blogger, lovingly) can be sometimes, we sure did miss them while we were gone. The goodbyes were drawn out and goofy this morning, but it wasn’t long and then they were smiling and waving in the rear view mirror and we were off to get gas in the van, buy a big glass of sweet tea for the trip, and shake off a touch of melancholy.
I know they’re in wonderful hands with Beautiful Wife’s mom and dad–who, of course, took marvelous care of them while we were gone over the last two weeks–and I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces in Charlotte and spending some time with some of the men and women whom I have come to love so much on this team God has assembled to do His Work. But I must say I am very much looking forward to our return on Mother’s Day, as well.
(And it makes me think about how much more difficult a trip like this would have been in New Testament times. Eight hours away by car and eight days or even eight weeks away by sandal or saddle are two very different things!)
Comment moderation may be slow again this week, so my apologies in advance. I may post here and there, though I doubt it as I also have a Living University class to finish this week, so my “off” time will probably be filled with essays and exams. 🙂 Have a good week!