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April 25, 2013

This morning after I got Laurie her coffee and prepared her lunch, I prepped dinner for tonight – spinach & artichoke stuffed manicotti.  Grandma “Boo” is coming over for dinner and then we are all heading to the school for my son’s spring music program (he’s a starfish tonight). 

Tomorrow evening is a baseball practice.  Saturday:  my daughter has a dance competition here in town.  My son has baseball team pictures followed by a game.  Sunday:  more dance competition and another baseball game.  I then drive to Chicago for a conference that kicks off on Monday morning. 

Yes, our lives are busy.  Crazy and hectic at times.  But I don’t mind.  This is life. 

I began reading a new book last night.  It’s called “Start”.  One of the many things author Jon Acuff wrote was about purpose in life.  Are we to discover our purpose or should we simply live a life of purpose?  Great question, eh?

I think my family is living a life of purpose.  Laurie and I want our kids to grow up smart, respectful, honest, hard-working, courageous, fun, interesting, spiritual, healthy.  We know we’re busy with all of our activities.  But those activities help us help our kids.  From  skill teaching to strengthening their relationship-building, our busy lives do have purpose.  We do work to place limits on ourselves so we and the kids do not burn out. 

Throughout all the practices, driving, games, competitions, and such, our kids are learning how to be a good friend.  They are learning how to encourage others.  They are learning to give.  They are learning to be courageous.  They are learning that success is built on mastery and mastery comes from practice, practice, practice. 

Will I look back in 20 years and fret over the busy-ness of our life right now?  I doubt it.  I believe I will look back with fond memories.  I will also look at my adult children then and be thankful for the people they grew up to become.  I’m blessed to be a part of that process.  I look forward to that day, but I’m not going to miss the journey today.


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