You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you. – Isaiah 26:3
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” – Mark 6:31
Half the photos I’m posting today come from my daughter, Naomi. She just returned from a week on the Jersey shore with Craig and the kids, and they picked a wonderful evening for family photos. At four and five, the children are beyond photogenic.
The other images are collected from yesterday’s 38th wedding anniversary. If you missed my celebration post, I think you’ll enjoy reading some thoughts about our marriage – “More Max than Michelangelo.”
Rebekah and I enjoyed a casual day of just hanging out together. I gave her everything she wanted; or – as I said in my card, “words, sunflowers, and steak.” We have simple tastes, and all it takes to celebrate properly is to make sure we’re together, with ample time and opportunity to reflect. Consequently, one of the real treasures of every anniversary is the time we take to pay attention, listen, talk about how we’re doing, and look into the future together.
Life for us has been a little – shall we say – “high engagement” lately. It’s certainly past time for a few long deep breaths and slow hikes.
Talking over dinner at Winston’s, we agreed that what we need right now is a couple of weeks away – somewhere quiet and contemplative, somewhere where we can take those slow hikes and deep breaths. Maybe hop on a quick flight to Scotland and hunker down in a bed and breakfast for a week on Sky or Iona.
We’re not likely to. But the point is the reflection, the self-assessment, the dreaming together, the getting on the same page.
So, yes, number thirty-eight was a good anniversary. We’re still a work in progress, and we always will be. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Love, peace, and promise – Derek
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.