1. One of the best things about the week was the time Virginia and I spent with Daniel Defoe's great novel of redemption, Robinson Crusoe. We have started it many times before, but now she is really enjoying it. The other day when we were all in the van together, she asked if she could read aloud as we went down the road. We had to stop in Dollar General, and she said, "I can't wait to get back to the book." I thought she was talking about a Lamplighter she is also reading, The Hidden Hand. But she wanted to get back to Crusoe. She read to us the rest of the way home and we read some more after everyone started getting settled in for the night. WOW! I am very happy about that.
2. We had our fish fry at Church yesterday. Everyone has been working so hard on this event. All of the members of the Church were invited by a beautiful, personal letter. It was a way of reaching out to those whose names are on the rolls, but who have not been attending for some time. Michael put his heart into it--he feels this is what the Lord has asked him to do. The Church family put all of their support into it as well. We had lots of fish followed by singing, prayer and a great message from the Lord afterwards.
3. The week at school has been a busy, but good one. I am pleased to see that the boys are enjoying their classes and professors very much. One of the Christian Studies professors is having quite a positive impact on James Martin. I am pleased. He is a good man. The boys are working hard and getting things accomplished.
4. On a very sad note, my cat of 18 years left us last night. She is running around in the Lord's Presence. She was born under our bed in Tennessee in 1997, and she has been a loving and faithful friend all these years.
5. To end on a positive note, our oldest, who has long been interested in politics, is (much to my relief) growing increasingly disenchanted with the political world. I am so glad. I think he has a stronger sense of purpose now and for the future than he has had in his life. His relationship with the Lord is SO much stronger than it has ever been--he seems to have accepted finally, the joy of his salvation.
Wishing you all a wonderful week with the Lord . . .