The Grass is Always Greener

So, I had a lovely weekend in Auburn, Alabama this weekend.  My wife and I visited our daughter, Hannah, who is a senior in college.  Additionally, we did the usual parent stuff – we watched Auburn beat LSU in football, threw toilet paper in the trees after the game (it’s an Auburn tradition, seriously), took Hannah and a friend out for lunch, and in general just caught up on her life.

On Sunday, we had the pleasure of visiting church with her.  Ironically, the lesson of the day was on being a good parent.  Within that topic, the pastor was making a point about investing and taking care of our relationships with those around us who we treasure – our spouse, our children, etc.  He used an expression which was new to me, but apparently has been around for a while – the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence, but it is always greener where we water it.

So I got to thinking, where do I water?

Do I water my relationship with God – what would that look like?  Do I water my relationship with my wife?  Do I water the weeds in my life, the very things that when they flourish choke out my soul?

It is amazing how backwards I get things sometimes.  I am thankful for a weekend where I slowed down enough to hear that “still, quiet voice” caling me back into healthy relationship.



Our 2012 Vacation

August 10, 2012

So, it was raining during our stay in Ocracoke Island, so we packed up the dogs and headed out to see the rest of the Out Banks. Along the way, we saw some beautiful landscape, and with the wind picking up, we chanced across a kite-surfer north of Hatteras. The dogs enjoyed playing around in the surf, and Jamee and I enjoyed the day.

Here are the untouched photos for the day. More later …