Now, if you happen to like those types of blogs, that's cool. I understand that some people use them for journaling and things like that. I've never cared for that tedium and vowed when I started this blog that ramblings about my daily life, what kinds of underwear I prefer (boxers or briefs?), or how often I floss, is not a subject of conversation. So I'm kinda breaking my rule by posting this picture.
In this picture are the five most important people in my life. This photo was taken a couple of Christmases ago, but it holds a special place in my mind and on my mantle. Since then, Melody (middle row, left) my oldest daughter got married, moved out and became a real estate professional. Chris, (bottom row, left) is in the final year of his math degree. Jon, (bottom row, right) started EMT training and, more importantly, got a girlfriend. Alayna, (top of the tree) reached her senior year of high-school, A-student and boyfriend-free. And me and Lisa have fallen more deeply in love.
As we reach the end of 2005, I am reflective, like many upon the course of my life and all its blessings. I started this blog at the end of July, as part of my journey to pursue writing. It has been a thrilling year; the Lord has blessed my work and my family so much. I am so thankful! Thanks, Lisa. I love you! You and me are a perfect fit. Thanks, kids (including Jacob, my son-in-law. Sorry you didn't make the picture). You guys are the best kids a Dad could ever wish for! Thanks to my Penwright friends (critique partners). You've sent me on this writing journey with the wisest, most joyful counsel. And thanks to the community of writers, friends and soon-to-be-friends who visit this blog. You are a great blessing to me! Happy 2006 and grace to all!
Now, about those underwear...