Our lives never stagnate. We either are going forward or backwards – even if we feel that we’re staying in one place.
This morning, I drove my 17 year old to his first SAT test.
I watched while he stood in line outside the building as it sprinkled on him and 100 other test-takers.
I waited in the car to see if the student I.D. that I’d created at 4:30am for him was accepted. (The instructions were very clear about what forms of I.D. the students needed to provide to be allowed to take the test, and this was brought to my attention the evening before the test. Of course, none of the accepted forms of I.D. did he have. On the list of acceptable forms of I.D., one option was a student I.D. from the school that he attends. I decided to give it a shot and to create an I.D. for him using the passport photos that we’d taken over a year ago, but never used. This inspiration hit me around 4:30am.)
I prayed for him as I drove away.
Today is my mom’s birthday, and later this month, she and my dad celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Huge stuff. I’ve personally been the recipient of the blessings of their hard work, and many, many others have grown stronger and been encouraged by the years of example they’ve created.
Yesterday, our family recognized the 7th year anniversary of our move from Texas to Connecticut. We call it “Janke Day”, because the kids – seven years younger than they are now – thought that we ought to have SOMETHING to celebrate as we transitioned from everything they’d ever known to the harsh northeast. Elections are held for positions within the family (we have a president/vice president, board, mayor, treasurer, etc) and gifts are exchanged via a secret drawing, that never seems to remain very secret.
Anyway, yesterday we celebrated together and remembered how we’ve been sustained, how we’ve grown personally, how we’ve launched a successful business, how we’ve educated our children well (even surviving the first one going off to college), how we’ve re-imagined family life, and how we’ve financially survived while living in the most expensive state in the nation in the middle of a recession.
I have no doubt that this season of our lives has been about going forward. We’ve made huge steps of progress in so many areas. We have amazing memories, have lived an adventure, have weathered many, many storms, and have unearthed a lot of gold.
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By the way, in case you’re wondering, the *fake* I.D. that I created for my son was accepted. He texted me shortly after getting in the school building and passing their security that they called it “interesting”, but let him in. :-)