Family Update

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV

God sometimes has a way of working that seems strange to me, and none stranger than the weather during our trip to Texas to be with family over the Christmas holidays. All their plans to show us the sights, were frozen in place by temps that plummeted to 10 degrees on the second day. Of course, for those of you up in Buffalo, that might seem pretty tame, but compared to our Florida weather it felt like Siberia! So, rather than seeing a cattle drive, the lake or a park, we huddled indoors with our grandchildren, and what a blessing those ten days turned out to be. There is no scenery in Texas or anywhere else that compares to their smiles!

Though we did make it out to eat twice, the most precious moments were starting a Bible study program with our special needs grandson, Christmas caroling briefly with them at a neighbor’s house and tickling our youngest bouncy grandson while we watched George of the Jungle! Yes, we slept in bunk beds and had to wait for the bathroom to open up on occasion, but now that I sit far away in our comfortable home, I already miss them! The flights were way overpriced, but the time was priceless. We can always make a few more dollars but we can never replace time that has rushed like the water over Niagara Falls and now is gone forever. Today, in my seventh decade of life, I have no regrets over the financial success I didn’t attain, only over missed opportunities to hug my children, wipe away their tears when they fell down or walk with them once more to the park. But I am thankful for the times when I listened to my wife, put down the newspaper, and went out to shoot hoops with our boys before they were gone. I hope you enjoy a few of the photos of our stay. Have a blessed day everyone!

7 thoughts on “Family Update

  1. Pleased that you made it back without major delays. You were being prayed for, and you are every day. Thanx for your faithful service to our Lord and His Kingdom.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

    • Thank for your prayers. Yes, we considered Southwest airlines but ended up choosing Spirit for the more convenient time of day. Our travel home was without a hitch though at Tampa we saw mounds of unclaimed Southwest passenger luggage.

  2. A beautiful reflection of your Christmas visit, Pastor Pete! Family is such a blessed gift, and the relationship between a grandparent and their grandchild is truly a precious thing.

  3. How wonderful that you had those priceless days with your children and grandchildren. I know the draw to be closer to your family. Every visit is a treasure but never lasts long enough. Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year, Pete.

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