Well. Tom came home from work on Friday and announced that he's leaving for South Africa this Wednesday. June 18th.
Talk about being jerked around, shifting gears and suddenly traveling in a whole different direction! And oh, the ironing and washing I must do and the running around Tom must do and the steadying of our heads for our separation--
Ack! I do not like spontaneity and changing my plans and--once again--being the only person in my little family in the United States. For yes, once more, Naomi will be traveling with her band to Europe at the very same time. (What are the odds?)
Of course, it's a plot. The world plotting against me.
No, what it is, is a test. Another of God's tests so I'll see what I've learned and remembered (or what I've skipped or forgotten) and have/have not put into practice. How I handle disappointment and acceptance. And how quickly I rely upon God and His ways of thinking rather than my own.
Also, a test to see how far I have left to go before being the patient, trusting, contented person He wants me to become here on Earth.
God has a plan for Tom, Naomi and myself and may each of us plug into it and do and learn and become the people He's designed us to be. And may my contentment in Him always be stronger, brighter than any complaints.
So as a farewell to normalcy for awhile, Tom and I went to yard sales yesterday and oh! One was an estate sale in a big old house where the people had lived forever, which is my favorite kind, for it goes beyond just an estate sale and becomes rather like visiting a vintage museum house inside a time capsule. An event for ol' retro-loving Debra.
Anyway, look what I found there for only $7.50:
I'd wanted a spiffy old table like that ever since I saw Judy's years ago (additional space for my books!) and it anchors my room just right and the amazing thing? I'd spent hours last week looking online for the perfect table for that spot, but decided to wait.
"And you shall [earnestly] remember all the way which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to prove you, to know what was in your [mind and] heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not." ... Deuteronomy 8:2
May I not become a worried, whining crybaby, but rather, a warrior.
Happy Father's Day to all dad's either still here or far away! This is the first year in over 35 that I've not mailed any Father's Day cards. It's a good thing that this is true:
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants." ... Psalm 116:15
Clarification! Tom and I are fine with this latest S. African trip. It was just the suddenness that annoyed us. In fact, only last week I kept thinking that I need a vacation and now I will get one--and frankly I'm a bit excited!
Oh! forgot to add the SavingStar Friday freebie sooner: It's a Quaker instant oatmeal cup, 1.51 - 1.79 oz. size, excluding Real Medleys. This offer will be good until midnight tonight.
Free Kindle books as of today, June 15th: