Wednesday, January 09, 2008

First one sometime in the mid-80's
In one of the Boston papers there is a puzzle that I like to do, "Cryptoquote." (sometimes called Crypograms in other papers) It is a quote that uses different letters to represent the real letters and you have to solve what each letter is for in order to solve the puzzle and read the quote. Since Dan and I are now in the second half of life, I enjoy poking fun at my age on occasion. Yesterday puzzle:

Some of the other papers in the country also have it but most of them give hints. Hints on this kind of puzzle rob a puzzler of the challenge. I would do the puzzle without using the hint. Thankfully, Boston knows what true puzzlers want and that is TO FIGURE IT OUT; ON THEIR OWN.
The quotes range from down right ridiculous to thought provoking. If nothing else it help keep some of the wheels greased in my brain. It is also fun to solve, especially when life throws things at you that are outside of your control and you can't solve the problem.
There are so many of the quotes that have passed me by, that I haven't shared with anyone. But this post is not so much about the quotes as much as it is a little thing about me that you might not have know.
Have a great day.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Two days into the New Year
Life takes us through seasons and to say that we are in one that definitely feels like going into the deep heart of winter, not like those who fall asleep more like those who know that the hope of spring will surely come to pass.  Girls becoming women and a boy becoming a man, at the same time their parents saying what is next for us:  wanting to finish the marathon of parenthood and continuing to struggle through heartbreak hill and wanting to also dream about the next stage.  
Community:  this little tight-knit one called our family is going through changes and it can get a bit uncomfortable at times.  The Lord will preserve us and His grace will see us through it all.  People come in and out of our lives and we are blessed to be here and welcome the fellowship on the Spirit with the brothers and sisters that are put in our path.  

As you change your calendars do not be afraid of the changes that come with journeying on in this life.  Embrace these times because it is in this season that we live.
Thank you God.