It is not often that I blog about family stuff–in fact, let’s be honest, it is not often that I blog at all, a failing I would like to correct before the end of my days–but I am musing today on the trip that our family (six of us, at least) just took to Pensacola for Alaina’s graduation at the Abeka Academy Commencement. It was amazing.
A couple of highlights. Alaina was fabulous in red regalia. Beautiful girl, is she. I was moved to tears as she walked across the ginormous stage. How did my little girl grow into a graduate so quick? Yesterday, she was in kindergarten. I mean, I was there. It was just yesterday. I felt like Rip van Winkle waking up after 20 years. (Even had the beard to go with it. Vacation face. Will shave by Sunday. Maybe.)
Anyway, times flies, as they say, and I thank God for a wonderful 17-year journey with minimal turbulence. Alaina, you have made me proud. I also should say that Abeka Academy, the online homeschool outfit that educated Alaina since kindergarten (which she started, remember, just yesterday), did a bang up job of producing and performing a spectacular commencement. Anyone considering doing the Abeka thing, go for it. Well worth the effort.
Alongside the wonderful graduation, our family enjoyed four days in a beautiful condominium on Pensacola Beach (credit: AirBnB). Now, that was a piece of heaven on earth. Six of us, Jeana, Alaina, Natalie, Nicolas, Christopher and me (the 2-year-old twins decided to stay at home–no, really, they preferred it that way, just ask ’em). We ate pizza ’til our ribs creaked, swam with the fishes (actually with the fishes, including a stingray and a school of minnows [?!], but, thankfully, not in the terminal, Mafioso way of swimming with the fishes) and lounged for hours by the pool. Still have sand in my shoes, I think, but worth every grain of pain.
The bottom line? Nothing as good as taking time for family. All the theology in the world, which is what this astonishingly erratic blog tends to drift toward, is theoretical nonsense until it is lived out in the world. And there is no better way to live the gospel than living it with a covenant faithful family, by the grace of God. Just want to say “I love you” to my travel companions, to my wife and kids. Life doesn’t get any better than you.