Travel mercies.

Saturday. It’s 9-10-11! Cool number date today!

Such a fast week we’ve had this past week! It was one of those weeks that flew by way too quickly — I wished for it to stretch out as long as possible. The opposite hasn’t been happening much lately, but I remember days long ago that felt as slow as molasses, back in those younger years when time felt vast and plentiful.

Today Jack, Jim, and I are driving over to attend the Wake/NC State game in Winston-Salem. It’s a sunny, low-humidity, 84 degree day, and we are hoping for a victory.

I noticed when Rob was with us last weekend that, after his chemo-induced baldness, his hair has now fully returned. Initially it seemed to come back the same as before chemo — until he got a haircut. After the hair trim, somehow it is now curly! Obviously I’m biased since I’m his mom, but I must say he looks rather handsome with curly hair! He is still working with the new prosthetist in Atlanta, trying to get a socket that doesn’t hurt so much. When we initially heard it could take up to a year to have a stabilized leg size, I guess that wasn’t an exaggeration.

– It’s now Saturday night: Wake won! It was a great game, and went down to the wire, as Wake tends to do. Just keeping it dramatic so we fans don’t lose interest.

Today, when asked what our immediate plans are, I found myself describing it this way: it feels like we are being swept along in a fast-flowing current. It’s hard to predict what is around the corner, but things are fast-changing, so the best thing to do is to settle down in the boat, try to relax, and enjoy the ride!

Having gone through various trials recently, it keeps me mindful of the many folks with whom we have had the privilege of coming into contact who are still in the midst of their difficult days. Humbly I pray for God’s help and strength for each of them. There are so many, but the Lord knows them all as well as their individual struggles. Please join me in praying for them: Marty, Scott, Mike, Jarret, Yaprak, John’s family, and many others….

Excerpts from Psalm 33 (v. 13-14, 20-22) The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.

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