One thing about Texas the spring weather can be crazy with cold and warm air fronts clashing and bringing strong wind storms, thunder and rain, hail, and sometimes tornadoes. I have lived here off and on since 1975 and have had to take cover — or the best cover I could — during near-by tornadoes more than once. Those minutes seem like hours and are filled with prayer and repentance. One of Juliia’s childhood friends even became a believer in the huddled family position of asking for mercy as the storm passed. In times like these there is nothing you can do but pray!
Well, last evening and night started out to be like that with hyperbole warnings from the local news stations. The gathering storm, though, thundered and clapped, grew light and dark, and spit a few drops of rain. We missed it, and I think it was more roar than bite.
But we got enough moisture to perk up the yard and the freshly planted flowers. Usually this time of year, we are still in Jerusalem with the desert as our backdrop. So this year, I am enjoying the milder weather of Texas and life in our own lentil patch at home. Soon it will become hot, the grass dry and brown, and the flowers spindly.
Soon we will pack our bags again but not for work-related adventures. We will take a six-week road trip to Phoenix, up the coast of California to Redding with a stop over at Bill Johnson’s church and a marriage seminar for leaders. Then off we go to Yellowstone, Estes Park, Colorado, and Red River, New Mexico. Our board has granted us three months sabbatical to kick our heels up and have some fun for a time.
We have been working extra hard to get things done early so we won’t have to think about work. When we first returned from Jerusalem, I was far too tired to be excited about it. But now, yes, it will be fun.
I never posted Wayne’s recent birthday. We had such a great time at Javier’s in Dallas. I believe it is the best food in Dallas! And the evening was great with good friends and good conversation.
Yesterday we took a walk in a park. It was a beautiful day, Easter, and great to get outside for a time.
I decided I am going to be following this guy around for awhile. He’s fun!