Thursday, November 27, 2008
Dateline: Waterloo, Iowa
Vicki and I are in Waterloo, Iowa celebrating Thanksgiving with family. My sister Joanne lives here with her husband Fred. Their daughter Karyn is in town as well, and my oldest sister Carol and her husband Paul also made the trek here from Cincinnati.
Believe it or not, Iowa is really beautiful this time of year. The landscape is a study in browns and ambers and faded greens, textured by leafless trees and dead tall prairie grasses and, of course, miles and miles of harvested corn fields that stretch to the horizon, all capped by a pale blue sky. It's a world that should be captured in pastels. Yet it has the odd effect as you drive through it of making you want to put on camo's, pick up a shotgun and shoot at some birds, even if you've never done such a thing before. In my case, the birds would be completely unthreatened.
It's good to be here. It's good to be with family at Thanksgiving. And it's good to get a little break before we crank into the craziness of Christmas at VCC (although to some extent that's already begun!). I think it's going to be an exciting month ahead and I can't wait to see what God has in store for all of us.