Peace and love to you all.
I hope the shift into autumn for you has been comfortable, at least as much as it can be. I know that pressure changes and the like can cause headaches and colds and all that lovely stuff. So, stay warm and comfortable now.
October is nearly done now and we change into the season of holidays. I won't lie. This is not a time I'm looking forward to. The next several months are going to be tough. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, my dad's birthday, one year from him going in, one year from him passing...there are some major emotional dates coming up and all of us are already pretty tired from weathering the storm as is.
We're all just worn out. This is a tough season for Mom because Dad always loved this time of year. When the weather got cooler and they could sit out on the patio and talk without worrying about the sun baking them to a crisp. When they could put puzzles together on Sunday mornings after coffee and doing the crossword together. It's been an adjustment and not one that is all that easy to manage.
Add on top of that sicknesses, car stuff, work stress, and just general Life Business and we all kind of need a week straight to sleep. Of course, that brings its own issues, as I myself have Dad in my dreams pretty much every night.
But we're trying. Mom has a book club that she loves going to. D&D is starting up for me again soon and I've been out with friends a few times. Adam keeps on trucking with Tennessee football and fantasy football (one is doing considerably better than the other). We're looking for nuggets of hope and joy in the middle of the mudfield that is life right now. We're trying and that's the best we can do right now.
We hope, as always, that your lives are full and thriving wherever you may be. If you have time, spare a prayer for us as we go into this new season of celebration with bittersweet anticipation for the days to come.
Love, as always, to you all.
After 43 years of ministry, Randy Cross lived his "fourth life" and shared about retirement, living boldly and intentionally in our world. To be sure, there was some North Dakota thrown in.