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July 2011

All This Stuff

Moving day finally came this week for the Sims family.  Dear friends from church came over to help.  It was a lot of stuff.
 
Boxes and boxes were loaded onto the truck; sofas, tables, chairs, televisions.  By the time we got down to the beds the truck was filled.  And the shed  was still full of stuff, not to mention the garage.  
 
Why do I have all this stuff? I found myself asking.   I had spent weeks sorting it and taking it to the thrift store; wrapping it and boxing it up.

Finding the Good in Goodbye

As the walls of this wonderful house become bare and the last of the boxes are packed, I have been pleasantly surprised to find that goodbyes don't weaken relationships.  On the contrary, goodbyes strengthen them. 
 
One friend, for instance,  made the 5+ hour drive from Vermont this past weekend to tell me goodbye and so she could read to Silas and Dorothy "one more time".  Little stinker Silas wouldn't let her, but she forgave him. 

Why You Need a Vacation

Tomorrow is the last day of the Sims' summer vacation for 2011.  It has been nice and long.  And necessary.
 
Early in our marriage, we couldn't afford a vacation.  Or so I thought.  Then Captain Fun came to me and declared,  "I bet we can go to the beach for $350." 
 
"No way," I said. But if anyone can pull off a vacation for four for $350, it was Captain Fun.  Even back then, he was a pro at having fun.
 
We stocked the ice chest with sandwich fixings and fried chicken, brought cereal and milk along  for breakfast and filled the remainder of the meals in with cheap fast food--except for that one nice dinner out for fresh seafood, of course.
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