With no particular order or flow:
- Last night's Red Sox game was depressing. I hope they can bounce back today and get a win from Beckett.
- Had a great night writing last night with the thunder and rain while listening to the foghorn and the sound of the waves out the window. I felt inspired. Hopefully it translates to the writing I did. Though, truth be told, nothing ever seems as good in the cold light of day (or the cold gray of day, in our case here).
- I've been on a bit of a reading binge lately after reading through a list of top 100 books related to New England (either by topic or author) from the Boston Globe. Recently finished John Adams' biography by David McCullough, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson and am just about done with Three Junes by Julia Glass.
- I'm really looking forward to starting a new series this weekend called "The Table". We're going to explore the connection between meals and spirituality in the Scriptures by focusing on three places where the two cross over: grace, fellowship and thanksgiving.
- I'm amazed that while our economy has been in probably the worst state of the years I can remember, that the giving of our church community has been steadily on the rise. To date we're about 23% over our projected budget for this point in the year. That's definitely a testimony to God's faithfulness!
- We're in the process of working two major projects that I hope will expand our influence in the community: (1) A renovation of our garage into a better equipped food pantry which will allow us to expand hours and services that are definitely needed (2) A back to school block party that I hope will help bring our people together around a common, exciting project and will allow us to invite others in the community to see what the people who occupy that strange-looking building on the corner of Post and Tuckertown are all about!
- I'm getting very excited for my missions trip in just over a month. Pray for me if you think about it, but also particularly pray for Rita and the kids while I'm away. Our family structure is definitely such that both parents contribute a lot to the managing of the house, so a lot of my burden is going to fall to Rita. I'm sure she'll handle it superbly, but I know it's going to be a challenge for her.
- Last, but not least, I'm looking forward to a vacation at the end of August like I can't remember looking forward to vacation before. Usually I don't get that sense of longing to get away until just a couple of days before we leave – at this point I'm already feeling like I need the time away, and we need it as a family. We're going to visit friends in Baltimore, spend time with Rita's family in West Virginia, and then spend a few nights just the four of us touring D.C.