Ok. It's time to depart from the train (with perhaps just occasional mentions in the future) and return to the Real World.
What is my Real World like today? Oh my... The weather is so gorgeous, so autumnally-exquisite that I'm having trouble absorbing the pure splendor.
This morning, in all the outdoors glory, I picked apples from just two branches of an orchard tree and lugged in a whole bucket into the house. With just a few, I made applesauce.
That's about the time Tom's friend, Al, arrived to clear our back meadow as he does once each year. So then I gathered more tomatoes from the garden and made spaghetti sauce, then added it to sauteed vegetables and cooked lasagna noodles. Out on our patio Tom, Al and I enjoyed the vegetable lasagna (my own squash inside there, too) and the applesauce. Just like one of those meals I read about others making... one of those home grown meals you feel good about eating.
Ever since arriving home, Tom and I have felt such peace. We felt that peace on the train, too, and everywhere else we went on our vacation. Before leaving, God instructed us both to set aside the joblessness and just enjoy ourselves so, well, that's what we did. We didn't pretend everything was fine, but rather, we rested in knowing everything will be ok.
And now back at home? He is so with us and we're being so careful to watch our words and our thoughts--to keep them faith-filled and positive... and to put into practice all we have learned for the past forever, really.
And so there we were on Thursday basking in all this peace in our living room, when Tom received a phone call. Wow, an amazing phone call, one about which--right now-- I can give you no details. Tom made me promise to tell no one about it due to its up-in-the-air-ness, especially not the hundred + of you who read my blog. But I can say this: no matter what happens because of that phone call, always it will mean so much. Always it will remain a huge encouragement to me and to Tom, especially, for like, forever.
It was special. It was huge.
But darn, I can't give you any details for a few more days. And boy, these ol' seams are nearly bursting.
Just know that we are fine. Tom is still jobless, but well, we're better than fine, really, on this gorgeous, incredible, breezy, autumn-slant-of-light afternoon.