Expiration dates.

Tuesday afternoon. It’s August 2nd, the day the government might have come to an end… or something like that. Well, it hasn’t and I don’t suppose it will. It’s rather exhausting to watch the seemingly very-important-folks in our nation’s capital posture and carry on about their very-important-jobs and such. It’s my humble opinion that we all have important jobs to do, and it’s important to do them as well as possible, thereby not letting down those who are depending on us. So, today the government has not expired.

An update: last week Jim took a few days off from work: we fished, went to a movie, played Scrabble, and just generally relaxed. It was a much needed low-key week. On Friday afternoon, we left the beach, driving over to Atlanta to spend some time with family there as we made our way towards Texas. After arriving in Atlanta on Friday evening, Rob (who has undergone a State of GA driving evaluation and is now approved to drive with his left foot) drove us over to a nearby golf range which stays open until 10:30 pm. Jack met us there, and the two of them hit a ton of balls. It was amazing to watch Rob working on his golf swing and to see how well he can hit the ball! (Jack was hitting quite well, also, but he isn’t having to adjust to a new challenge, of course.) Saturday was Joan’s birthday and Fanester’s follows by four days, so we helped them celebrate on Sat. night. We hit the road bright and early on Sunday with Scout, the shedder, in her crate in the back, arriving Sunday evening in Dallas in time to snag Lee Anne and go eat Mexican for dinner!

Having not set foot in my house in ten months (!!!), it goes without saying that there is a lot of work to do. And, one of the first things that seems to grab attention is food, both in the refrigerator and in the pantry. It’s important to assess these things in detail: expiration dates become very relevant. Crackers that were bought fresh and new the last time I was here are now out of date and need to be discarded. I even tasted some of them to make sure — yes, the expiration date was correct: they had become stale. To find the expiration date on some things takes an eagle eye and requires much perseverance and determination. Makes one wonder if the manufacturer takes extra pains to to come up with creative ways to hide those small printed dates. Sometimes, it even seems necessary to utilize a spotlight and magnifying glass to read the details. Then there are the things that don’t have an expiration date on them, begging the question: was this bought way-back-when, in those years before it became common to put a date on everything? Those items require further investigation and probably should be pitched: when in doubt, etc. This process can be rather time-consuming — it took up most of the day yesterday. Now I must move on to the kitchen desk — today’s task. However, being the procrastinator that I am, I figured a blog update was necessary.

Back to expiration dates. I just recently read the book, Heaven is For Real, by Todd Burpo, which I greatly enjoyed. It is a wonderful reminder that we, unlike crackers, chips, dairy products, canned goods, etc., do not have expiration dates stamped on us or hidden away somewhere. We actually don’t expire at all — well, what I mean is that being a Christian, and knowing and walking with Christ, assures me that my life will continue on even after my earthly body comes to the end of its useful life. This little book is a refreshing confirmation of that fact.

So, now we are in Plano, working to organize ourselves again. To be honest, I can hardly remember where anything is. Having a kitchen in NC, setting up a kitchen in NY, re-organizing the kitchen in my parents’ condo in Atlanta, and now back in TX — just where do we keep the drinking glasses, again?

Psalm 121: 7-8 The Lord will keep you from every kind of harm. He will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your life no matter where you go, both now and forever.

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4 Responses to Expiration dates.

  1. Susan says:

    Glad you are back “home”, Roslyn! I continue to thank the Lord for His faithfulness to you and yours these past few months. God is good…all the time. Love you, precious friend!

  2. Gari B. Lugar says:

    So, So, So glad you are back where your main home is. Oh, I can just picture you procrastinating with all the food sitting around while you pick up your laptop… oh, how we love to follow all of your stories, so we are glad you are keeping the blog going. Sure do wish I would have known you were back for an early “b-day” lunch… but as long as I can have a rain check and you don’t leave Dallas for awhile. God is gracious, isn’t He?

  3. Robley Shirey says:

    Last year I was forced to redo the pantry. (Thank you, pesky pantry moths.) When I was done, I was so proud of the accomplishment I took pictures and sent to my girls. Maybe for inspiration but more likely to pat myself on the back! But in the end, it was very rewarding to purge something that we use everyday. A clean slate….and no danger of poisoning ourselves with expired tomato sauce! Today the pantry, tomorrow the desk and who knows what the next frontier is to conquer. Welcome back home.

  4. ada says:

    hey we just got back from the lighthouse family retreat in florida it is a retreat at the beach for families who have children with cancer eric and i are volunteers and on the way home (sat.) i read heaven is for real love hearing from you on your blog you are an inspiration!! love to the fam

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