Almost Gold

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Birdie turned seven Monday. Our seventh child, with the middle name Seven, celebrated her seventh birthday. I know I sound completely cliché, but I don’t know where the time has gone. She should still be a preschooler. And yet, she’s not.

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Outdoors with Jack…despite a downpour!

Just this past weekend, my 15-year-old son and I spent a night and day searching for a little white box in the woods during an ongoing downpour.

I can think of about a million more things that might have been more comfortable — even at moments more enjoyable — than getting soaking wet, but, as members of the Civil Air Patrol, we were training for search-and-rescue missions in the wild woods of Tennessee.

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