Caleb celebrated his fourteenth birthday on June 18th. Last week he informed his sisters that he had four more years with us and then he would be going to college. Joanna was watching the World Cup Celebration last Sunday afternoon when I looked back at her and saw her crying. “What’s wrong?” I asked. I knew she didn’t care who won the match. She sobbed, “The next time they play the World Cup, Caleb will be getting ready to go to college.” Wow! Time does fly. The book of James tells us that our life is a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Like a warm breath on a cold day, our lives appear and then “poof,” they’re gone. Abby is turning nine on Monday. That means she has been with us half of the time of her life before college. Now, I feel like crying. That is why it is so important to seize the day.
We tried to seize a little bit of the day today by going to Raleigh as a family for lunch. After making a hospital visit this morning, studying, and delivering my radio broadcast, we left for Raleigh around noon. We went to Crabtree Valley Mall and had lunch at Panera Bread (yummy!). We then went searching for Abby’s birthday present from Mimi and Bopbop (my parents). Abby found exactly what she wanted – Heely’s (skate shoes). She put them on before leaving the store and has been practicing all afternoon. We then went looking for Caleb some new soccer cleats. We finally ended up in Smithfield at the Nike Outlet where we bought some new cleats and five new basketballs for the church vbs next week. Our theme is Mega Sports Camp. Children will choose from three different camps: basketball, soccer, and cheerleading. Joanna also bought a couple of outfits for her P.E. classes this year. She is excited about teaching part time now that Hannah is in school. I can’t believe that Hannah is going all day now. Our lives are a vapor.