Random Rundown 5.17.11

Hi friends – thanks for continuing to walk with me and read this.  Here are some things that are happening, in no particular order:

  • I’m working at the “office” today.  I love my office.  Free refills, free wi-fi, people who know my name, good salads, and great bread.
  • What’s with the NFL?  I don’t think I really care any more…
  • The kids have EOGs this week.  End of Grade tests, for those of you who don’t know elementary school lingo.  Bailey has 5 straight days of testing, Christopher 3, and apparently Luke (who is in kindergarten) is doing testing this week too.  Come on, people, seriously?  Out of control.
  • Bailey and Christopher are going to a camp this weekend in VA, specifically geared for kids who have experienced a significant loss.  Please pray for them, that God will use it to provide healing in their lives.  They seem pretty excited about it.  It’s a normal camp in a lot of ways – campfires, s’mores, ropes course, etc.  But they have counselors trained to deal with kids going through grief, and a 1-1 ratio of adults to kids.
  • Multiple times a day, something happens and my first instinct is to share it with Susan.  I had a really nice email from someone yesterday, and I wanted so badly to show it to her.  To hear her ‘attaboy’.  (Although I don’t think she would have said ‘attaboy’)  These are some of the most difficult moments right now.
  • I had a dream about Susan last week.  Which was significant, because it’s the first time since she passed away that I’ve dreamed about her.  I couldn’t see her face, a song was being sung, and she was pointing me to the words.  It was very worshipful, and very comforting.
  • Friday would have been our 16th anniversary.  This, I think, will be a tough day.  It’s interesting about anniversaries – they are unique.  This is something just for the two of us, no one else celebrates it.  Other holidays are different – Christmas, Easter, even Mother’s Day – these are shared experiences between families.  An anniversary, though, is very personal.  It’s a normal day for everyone else.  But a very special day for you.  It makes me wonder if she is thinking about it too, or just what in the world is going through her mind right now.  Maybe time is not like it is here, where she is.  I do believe, somehow, that she will be thinking about it, and us, that day, and celebrating too.
  • I watched The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with the kids over the weekend.  CS Lewis wrote it as an allegory, and what a great reminder it is of what we have to look forward to.  That there is an adventure that awaits us, an unseen kingdom that one day will come into full view, a battle that we are even now a part of.  Paul says that now we see faintly in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  I was reminded that everything here is a glimpse, a mere reflection, of what’s to come.  And that my typical view of heaven is terribly inadequate.  It will be much more exciting, hopeful, and colorful than the pictures we are used to.  And that living life in anticipation of that coming kingdom looks a lot different than living as if this is it.  Susan has gotten to see that coming kingdom, and be invited even deeper in.  You and I are invited in as well.  This is simply the prologue.  Chapter one hasn’t even begun yet.

4 Responses to “Random Rundown 5.17.11”

  1. Michelle Kirby Says:

    Jerel – will be thinking about you Friday for your anniversary (at 5pm) – I remember how sweet is was finding out we were married on the same day, one hour apart. I think about you and kids often and just wanted to say thank you for continuing to share.

  2. BJ Wright Says:

    Jerel, thank you for continuing to share your daily life with us. i think of you and the children often. i loved the “mane man” video and am glad you have those happy moments! will be thinking of the oldest two with the camp this weekend- it sounds like it will be really good and they’ll make some new friends walking their same path. spence and i love the chronicles of narnia- books & movies. we haven’t watched them with our boys yet- they are 6 & 4 so not sure they’re ready. hey- btw- i posted this on my profile but in case you hadn’t seen it- our 6 yr old, gabriel, accepted Christ as his Savior a couple weeks ago! what a wonderful feeling! thanks to you and susan for the time we spent at your church & how he was poured into there! sorry to be so wordy- will continue to keep you all in prayer.

  3. Charlotte Lennartz Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing – it means a lot to follow along. Glad to hear about upcoming camp for Bailey and Christopher. I believe it will be good for them. Please know we love you all and continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Sandy Says:

    Thank you for continuing to share your lives with us. You are all very special and much loved.

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