So I got up, showered, and was at the computer by 6 ... and now it's 6:10 and I'm yawning.
I thought I blogged yesterday but it turns out I only wrote one paragraph and never hit send. So we'll start there and then add a few more random thoughts...
Our biggest news is that the van has been found.... which we did not expect.... and now aren't sure what we think. The kids were dreaming of a new vehicle ... or at least a new used one -- so everyone is a bit disappointed. Of course, it is in the impound lot in Minneapolis and we don't know what condition it is in. Leon thinks it is creepy because who knows what has happened in it. We had to get new tags for it yesterday and today I have to take them to the impound lot so that the vehicle can be towed, at insurance expense, to a body shop to be examined. They will determine whether or not it is a total loss or if it is fine for us to take back and use.
I have an unbloggable situation that has been on my mind for two months and I really think that is one of the reasons why I have been such a lousy blogger this summer. I hate having to remind myself that I can't tell you all something that is important to me. The good news is that it might be bloggable at some point soon.
When I was a college administrator, I spoke in chapel once a year about Integrity. I defined it as having your thoughts, actions and words all match. At that time I was living a life of impeccable integrity (not that since then I've dived into debauchery or anything) because I was a role model to so many college students. One of those students, who is now the director of media development for an incredible organization called Voice of the Martyrs put a link to an video about Integrity on my facebook with this caption:
It is a testament to your impact on me and many others that I cannot see anything with the title "Integrity" and not think of you!
That made my day. Several other students from those years have commented on It's been 20 years since I left my position as Dean of Student Development and I still think about those days at least weekly. Definitely some of the best years of my life. And the reason was the impact I was able to have on so many who are now out changing the world. I'm feeling so grateful today for the ways that God has blessed me over the years.
I had a conference call yesterday with some coworkers who are truly amazing people and wonderful friends. I'm not sure it's that meaningful to Ashley now that she has hit the big time for me to give her a shout out on my blog but here it is. You and Karen are such wonderful supportive friends.
And now.... I'm off to tackle the ever-lengthening to-do list.