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Glad to Have the Ducklings Back in the Nest–I think ;)

Just when you start getting used to quiet, they return.  But, unlike an unwanted weird relative, when your children return home from college, at least for us, it’s a good thing.  Here are just a few of the things we get to get used to again:

  • Almost assured that every time I need to use toilet paper it will be the last few sheets of a roll
  • When I go to pour the cereal I’ll get that ever enjoyable dust at the bottom of the Honey Bunches of Oats
  • I’ll be relegated to the bedroom to watch a television program on our 1987 19 in. TV (which is getting harder to see) because they’ll be playing Guitar Hero on our main TV
  • The air-conditionless vehicles will be mine to use as much as I want
  • That last “goodie” I was saving for myself in the refrigerator will no longer be safe
  • No more listening to Country Western music in the car when we are driving together (unless I enjoy griping and complaining)
  • This popular family statement will be frequently uttered again, “I didn’t do that” or the variation “It wasn’t mine” when we ask who left the clothes on the furniture or the shoes in the entry way
  • The phone still won’t be picked up by anyone
  • and, everyone will think that it was someone else’s duty to feed the dog, pick up after the dog or have anything to do with the dog (except mom who always gets stuck with dog duty whether it’s 3 or 5 people in the house).

Seriously, it really is a joy to have our family all back together again for the summer.  Unfortunately for us (but a good opportunity for her), Erin will only be home a week before she spends the next three months with a ministry that serves a local KOA camp and spreads the gospel while serving the campers in Camp Hatteras, NC.   Then, she’ll be home a couple of weeks before school starts back up.

Ah, yes, summer has arrived and our nest is full again, if only for a short time—it’s GREAT!

THOUGHT TO COMMENT ON: Why are you happy your kids are home from school? — or — What will you do this summer that you are looking forward to doing as a family?

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An Abramo-Bitz family update-Tulsa…JBU…FOOOOOD

Most of my posts so far have been what I would refer to as “teaching” posts.  You know…the kind that illustrate a lesson I’ve learned about some aspect of life, faith, family or anything else I actually can pick up at my age (other than an illness).  As social networks explode, the idea of writing the same thing in 5-10 different communication vehicles seems daunting.  This blog can be a sort of central point, a repository if you will, of information about our family that our closer family, friends and support team can check periodically to see “wat up”.  Here goes attempt #1 at informing vs. teaching (maybe the latter will occur when the former is the focal point ;):

Jaclyn at U of Tulsa on a campus visit

  • Jaclyn had her first official visit to a potential post high school institution.  We visited the University of Tulsa last Friday!  It’s the smallest Division I school in the country.  Overall, she liked the school despite it’s price.  The Division I status allows the school to have an ambiance of “big school” with the benefit of a small school (enrollment of about 4,200).  God’s hand will have to be very evident for this to be the school of choice, especially re. the cost.  We shall see!
  • Leaving Tulsa, we set the car eastward and headed to Family Weekend (FW) at JBU.  This was our second An act from the JBU talent showFW after missing last year.  A better title for the weekend might be, “Take your kids out to meals off campus and make a Wal Mart run for their rooms” event.  Seriously, it was great to be together as a family on THEIR turf.  We launched the weekend “party” by attending JBU’s rendition of the Miracle Maker.  Erin was a stage hand for the play.  It was very well done though the playhouse was very small and compact.  The warmth from the body heat caused me to feel drowsy.  Saturday night was the annual talent show.  For a school that only has about 1,300 in undergraduate studies, there is a lot of talent.  Most of the talent showcased an abundance of musical ability.  A couple of the acts delivered music in a unique way.  NBC’s The Office was spoofed for the introduction of the talent.  Twas an entertaining evening.
  • Sandwiched between the cultural endeavors of the play and talent show were plenty of opportunities to dip into the wallet and fill their variety starved stomachs.  We hear frequently of the “Caf” and it’s unimaginative (and, apparently, tasteless) culinary offerings.  So, we ate elsewhere.  It seemed like that’s all we did…EAT :-).  However, as is often noted, much of learning about each other happens around a meal.  So, we enjoyed our time together around a few meals.
  • Inside Cathy's Corner
  • Sunday morning we concluded our stay by meeting at Cathy’s Corner.   For fans of the Food Networks, Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives, Cathy’s Corner could be one of those places that Guy visits.  Looks like an old dilapidated structure from the outside but it’s what went inside that made us happy.  Certainly not on anyone’s approved diet dining halls.  Filling and tasty!  I had the banana split waffle.  Enough sugar for the entire week.

We drove home Sunday afternoon.  That was an adventure in itself.  I once again decided to be adventurous and chart a new route home.  Unfortunately, the route was winding and so was Sue’s stomach.  That was not a good combination.  Jaclyn needed to be home by 3pm which, originally, was not even not in consideration of being violated.  But, after a wrong turn and a stubborn GPS Guide, we ended up getting home about 2:35, or about 35 minutes later than expected.  Even in our tardiness, Jaclyn was able to see God’s work around us.  She wrote this on her facebook:

Hey Guys 🙂 So I was driving home from JBU yesterday, laying in the backseat with the sun streaming over my face looking out the window as the trees and grass rolled by and I thought to myself, wow. This is beautiful. So I wanted to share my “epiphany” with you all 🙂

It’s like, I look at the earth and think, how could we not get it? God wouldn’t have made all this beauty if he didn’t love us.

He’s so enraptured by us that he wants to give us all we need. He doesn’t need to give us what we want. So often those are confused. He made this earth so we could celebrate and live in him. The earth sings his praise, why can’t I?

The earth bears the touch of his hand and so do we. So in all that is in me me I pray we experience God’s infinate love in all that is beautiful and majestic around us. Not just cosmetically beautiful, but the things that are truly beautiful, the ones unappreciated and overlooked. I pray we remember all he’s done and all he’ll do and how only a God with his radical love for us would put us in the very best of his handiwork; to experience him in the sunrises, the sunsets, and the moments in between.
Not much more needs to be said.  Have a great day in Christ!

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