God sometimes gives us unexpected gifts. Our gift has been a grandson who enlivens our lives and makes retirement very different than the one we anticipated. He is a special joy. And that's "Casey." In 2006 we fulfilled our dream of living in Italy for a year. It was every bit as wonderful as anticipated. This blog begins in 2005 as we prepared for that experience. Since then we have explored many places together. That's the "Travel." And finally, I am a person of opinions--spiritually, politically, on just about anything and that's the "Other Stuff." Welcome to my blog.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The Heartwarming Sequel

I was pleased and Casey thrilled when the mail box held a small package for him from Samaritan's Purse. Inside was a letter thanking him for his gift--telling of the encouragement they receive from the hearts of children such as he. Included was a miniature shoe box filled with 52 scripture cards--one a week for the next year.

Again Casey glowed and the meaning of giving and sharing and caring about others was generously reenforced. I know that it underscored the beauty of his heart gift and will make it that more memorable--hopefully it will be the beginning of a lifelong sense of compassion and responsibilty to others.

Onto other things: The Italy portion--and really that is what inspired this blog--has been rather ignored lately--mainly because nothing has been happening in moving our plans along. However,it would be in error to interpret this to mean that we aren't hard at work trying--I have been spending entirely too much time on the venture. It's just that there are so many dimensions and intricacies involved that I've been waiting (some might call it procrastination) to write about it all. But--the time has come so that in the years to come, my descendents have a record of all that we have done--which was really the impetus to joining the legions of bloggers in the first place. To my surprise, people besides me read it--amazing!

Then--as if raising a seven year old, planning to move to a foreign country--where they speak a language we don't, fighting with recalcitrant electronics and just keeping up with the daily challenges of living in a country that seems to be running amok weren't enough, we have taken on the maddening challenge of completely redesigning the exterior of our house. So, we are covered with scaffolding, workmen have taken over, we have become extraneous and in the way and, at least a thousand tiny and not so tiny decisions need to be made. Really--I am too old for all of this!!!!!!!!

Anyway, tomorrow or the next day or the next day, you will get an Italy update.

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