Departures and Arrivals

Blogs are for deep thoughts, right? (Well, that, and stupid YouTube videos.)

Can’t avoid thinking of departures and arrivals at the moment. I’m writing this while waiting for my flight to Greensboro by way of Charlotte. Headed to this weekend’s Southeast Region Teen Bible Quiz Finals as part of my Pen. Florida District Coordinator duties. (For more on all that, listen to my podcast.)

It’s an old adage and true – every departure means an arrival…and vice-versa. You can’t get where you’re going until you leave where you’ve been. And – if people like you – the arrivals are happier than the departures.

My friend, Bob, is lying in a hospital room right now. They’re not sure what caused it, but he experienced renal and kidney failure, and pancreatis. His liver doesn’t seem to be working. Doctors haven’t given him much chance of making it.

Right now , we don’t know if Bob will be making his departure soon, or not. I hope not. I can’t imagine that God is done with what He wants him to do in this life.

But I don’t have God all figured out. I hope I never think I do. God is more complex than that. He’s bigger – big enough to not figure out. But He loves us, and does all of those complex things in order to simply love us and do what is best for us.

I hope that means that Bob’s departure is later rather than sooner, and that I’ll see him next week.

But if I don’t, I know I’ll see him soon.


Everyone has them…things you thought you’d never do that you end up doing.

For instance, there’s an old Bill Cosby routine where he talks about kissing a girl and the punchline is “I’ll never do that!” It’s what children say – “I’ll never move away from home” or “I’ll never leave you, Daddy” or “I’ll never eat broccoli.”

As a child, and even later, as an adult, you have those moments where you think, “I’ll never do that.” Then, at some point, you’re doing exactly what you never thought you’d be doing.

Actually (and isn’t THAT an overused word? Marv Albert even uttered it as I wrote the last few words) my original thought – the one that started this post – is slightly different. There are things we thought we would never do, then there are things we never thought we would do.

That is, the thought of doing or not doing never even existed. You didn’t know it was possible. You didn’t know it could happen.

When I think about the things I thought I’d never do that I have done – they tend to be more negative than positive.

But the things I never thought I’d do that I have done – those tend to be more positive than negative.

Homeschool dad.

The possibility of being one was unknown to me when I was in high school. I had never heard of it. I thought about the possibility of one day being married and having children. But having children that did school at home, taught by their mother and me? Outside my universe.

As we end our 12th year of homeschooling – Shae is finishing 11th grade – it’s pretty cool to think about what we’ve experienced and how different raising our children has been than what I ever would have expected.

Shae got her A.C.T. scores back today. 31.

What a blessing.

Better Fonts

Happy Mother’s Day.

My mom (and dad) were here for the afternoon. Dad wanted to watch the end of the Player’s Championship (golf) and Mom wanted to see us. Okay, I’m sure Dad wanted to see us, too…I think.

But do you care about all that?

What IS interesting is a tip I heard on MacBreak Weekly about ComicBookFonts. These are great looking fonts, and it challenged me to do a better job with the fonts we use in Sunday services. I wanted to buy a few of the fonts at the ComicBookFonts web site, but didn’t want to spend the money.

Fortunately, I have about 4000 fonts already on my Mac. (Yes, that’s way too many. Microsoft Office has a cow every time I open a document.) But I have no idea what they all are. I’ve been spending time this weekend getting to know them. So far my favorite is Bolton Sans. That’s the font I’m using in the blog header.

I just wish Blogger would give me more options on fonts to use in this blog.

(At least I didn’t lose $747,000 like poor Sean O’Hair did today. Wait a minute…did I say poor? The guy still won over $200,000. Slightly better than I did today.)

New Family Addition

There are probably few opportunities left for us to have vacations with the whole family. Shae will be a high school senior this fall and after that – well, you just never know.

We all had a great time in Orlando – right after Fine Arts – at the end of April and beginning of May. We were given a week at Orange Lake. The free week cost us quite a bit – trips to Universal and Islands of Adventure, along with the premiere of Spiderman 3 at the new IMAX – but it was all worth it.

Along the way, it looks like we picked up a new member of the family.