"Look both ways!!" It's the word of caution we yelled to our children before they crossed any road. It's also what I hear my own girls yelling at their children now.
But as I write today, I find myself "looking both ways" with a different purpose in mind. I find myself at a crossroads that requires me to look back and forward at the same time. It's not easy but if I'm going to fully embrace this moment, it's what i need to do.
You see, there are MAJOR changes happening in our immediate family:
- This Friday, Cody will have surgery for thyroid cancer. He and Kristin will be out of commission for at least two weeks.
- Next Wednesday, Frank and I will leave to spend 30 days with school, ministry and sabbatical in the Philippines. (Why, yes! That IS exactly halfway around the world.)
- On March 23rd, Meagan and Nathan will close on the sale of their house and prepare for their move to NC. Which very likely will happen while we are in the Philippines. (Did I mention that's halfway around the world?)
- Also on March 23rd, Joy will receive an iodine treatment to kill off any lingering cancer cells in her body. The toughest part of this is the required isolation for 5 days. They have four young children. John will be covering our positions as well as taking care of his family. Who's going to help them while we're .......halfway around the world?!