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The Mid-August Family Up-date

We have somehow already come to the middle of August, and over the past couple of weeks happen to be experiencing the full high temperature and humidity of the Canadian summer. Temperatures are often hovering round the low-30s Celsius (+-90 Fahrenheit) with moisture making it feel more like 40 (105). But it won’t be lengthy now before the high temperature breaks, the days grow shorter, and we go to the fall time of year.

Last month we were capable to get away from the city for the short vacation in rural Quebec, an experience we very much appreciated. Though my root base are in Quebec, with both my parents having been created there, I rarely visit La Belle Province . It was great to explore some of its northern reaches as well as to be able to visit a good aunt and granddad I have not noticed for several years. Ryn (Nick’s fiancée) was joined us for the holiday and while she leaped into some problems at the border, these people eventually relented plus let her throughout (though with the stipulation that she stay out of public places for 14 days).

Abby has just headed returning to Louisville to get prepared for her sophomore 12 months at Boyce University. Though classes don’t begin until Mon, she chose to turn up a few days early to be part of the team in order to the freshmen get set and settled. Because the United States has not yet opened the land border in order to Canadians, we were not able to drive her lower. Instead, Aileen travelled with her and it has made sure she is many settled in—something I am quite sure was more important to parents than daughter. Although I am sorry that Abby can’t be here with us, I am convinced there is no better place the girl can be and no better people she can be with at this stage associated with her life.

I did have a strange memory even as we left to take Abby to the airport. It’s amazing how much may flash through a human mind in an instant. Because Abby reached the final of the little walkway that leads from our doorway to the sidewalk, We suddenly remembered that will she and Nick had stood there a year prior therefore Aileen could click a photo of our 2 college students. This was in the height of the pandemic and they had to quarantine for two weeks on arrival in the US, therefore i traveled with them and stayed in a lent basement apartment just for 14 days. I slipped them at the Boyce/Southern campus on Aug 14 and the final memory associated with Nick is your pet saying goodbye, after that walking away arm-in-arm with Ryn. Which was a year ago tomorrow—the last time I saw him. Tempus fugit , these people say—time flies. It also crawls. Both are usually somehow equally accurate.


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Michaela offers another three days of summer holiday before she earnings to school just for tenth grade. The particular schools around here are planning to reopen in something close to normalcy, though students will have to wear masks, a minimum of initially. That said, that will whole delta variant thing is often within the news here, situations are spiking, with no one will be shocked if plans alter substantially. Ontario should, in theory, be getting rid of almost all COVID-related measures in a week or even two, but that also seems not likely. While there is still lots of uncertainty, generally speaking, life is pretty normal.

As for me, I have been focusing on writing books plus blogs while furthermore getting a jump on a brand new series of sermons. We are not the weekly preaching pastor at our church and haven’t preached since before Nick died, but am sensation ready to return to the particular pulpit. Lord willing, I will do so in a few days (and the two following) at Grace Fellowship Church. I still have no conferences on my itinerary and no firm plans to travel. This means that life is fairly quiet, but We are still enjoying it that way. It turns out I could do without all of the travel, at least for some time.

We now have no further plans for the summer (or fall, for that matter) so I expect Ill continue to commit my time to writing and pastoring—the things I love best. Life is satisfying. God is good.

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