Well I know that a lot of you don’t care about Lost, and that there hasn’t been much content for those who actually care about my life. My main excuse was that we were in Branson at the end of last week, to visit with Hope’s family. Hope’s parents have a time-share down there, so we took a couple day to head south and see them. Branson is a fun city, in a tacky plastic way, but it was really nice to not feel pressure to see a show or go do something else. We just did nice summery things, like swim and cookout and have fun.
After that, Hope went with Forest back to Dodge City for another family gathering, while I went back to Lenexa. I escorted our Sunday school class to the Royals game, and then I went just about everywhere in the world playing games. It was a good time, although I kind of wish I had taken more downtime by myself. I don’t like spending a lot of time by myself for days at a time, so I tried hard to keep busy. And then Hope and Forest got home, and there was much rejoicing. We got to celebrate our third anniversary this week too, so that was fun.
The rest of our life is, to be frank, a little discouraging. Things at work have been pretty grim. Our department is being reviewed (along with a couple others) about how necessary we are to ministry strategies, and there’s a pervasive feeling that a lot of people could lose their jobs, if the department isn’t removed outright. That last part feels like a worse-case scenario, but it’s put a major damper on the whole building. Not only that, but voluntary recognitions were offered, and the last day for the people who took them was last week. It was like a funeral home in there last Wednesday. Things feel a little less gloomy now, but it’s still a tough time for all of us. I’ve spent a lot of time praying that God would present some kind of solution, but as someone told me today, God doesn’t give you the ticket until it’s time to board the train.
So that’s life right now. I’m glad for my wife and my son, because they have helped me through some of this tough time. But things are still tough. So if you ask me how I’m doing, don’t be surprised if you get an “okay, I guess.”