I can't get the picture I want posted... so I guess I will forgo the picture I have for today. darnit.
My son truly leaves on a ship today. We had a nice chat on the phone yesterday and then I will not hear from him for the duration of the ship ride (sorry, I am sure I am not using the proper terminology) which should take about 32 days. I have a blue star in my front window. I wonder how many people even know what that signifies. I remember them from the 60's, when people who had a family member in Vietnam had them in their windows. I need to order a real blue star flag - but for now I have one I downloaded from the American Legion. I am proud of my son. The picture is of my front porch, with the blue star in the front window.
I will take a quick 2 mile run this morning. It is the last week before the race, so I get to "taper" this week. Which means no more huge work outs. I am kind of glad. Then I will get off to work. I am in the middle of a project that I really enjoy.
It is nice to wake up and look forward to the day ahead. And thank God for it.
"Give God the gift of a thankful heart. Try to see causes of thankfulness in your everyday life. When life seems hard and troubles crowd, then look for some reasons for thankfulness. There is nearly always something you can be thankful for. The offering of thanksgiving is indeed a sweet incense going up to God throughout a busy day. Seek diligently for something to be glad and thankful about. You will acquire in time the habit of being constantly grateful to God for all His blessings. Each new day some new cause for joy and gratitude will spring to your mind and you will thank God sincerely." -- Twenty-Four Hours a Day, Meditation for the Day, July 31.