A few of my favorite things – #5PhotoFriday

Wow, what a spectacularly beautiful Friday morning here in Wake Forest! It’s 40-degrees and sunny with the bluest of blue North Carolina skies.

We have a busy weekend ahead and there will be a lot to write about. So today I’m simply going to offer my first 2019 edition of “Five-Photo-Friday,” featuring a few overlooked images from the past few days.

Rebekah on the deck:

1-img_2641We enjoyed some warmer weather earlier in the week and managed to sit out on the deck for afternoon coffee a couple of times.

One thing we have both figured out (and it only took us several decades of adult life to understand this!) is that we are more productive when we take time to decompress at various intervals during the day.

There are several reasons we live only a couple of miles from the church. The most important is that Rebekah is pastor at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, and it’s important to live in and love the community we’re committed to. Another reason is the opportunity to be home for lunch, take a few minutes for tea or coffee on the deck, and be restored for the rest of the day.

It turns out there is an inverse relationship between a nose-to-the-grindstone approach to work and productivity.


1-img_2826Yes, that’s right, the children let me play with their modeling clay.

“Make a face, Grandaddy…” So I did.

“”That’s nasty, Grandaddy. Make another one.”

Fortunately neither one of them suggested it was a self portrait.

We ended up spending a good hour or so with the clay. But it was Rebekah’s more crafty direction that ended up being such wonderful fun.

“Silly Grandaddy,” Beks said. Then my beautiful sculpture got smashed and turned into a craft. Sigh.

Marble-Works and the cat:

1-50275206_10101460941528762_3445811081434365952_n (1)Most fun was the super-tall Marble-Works project with David. David and the cat. Naomi took some great photos of the fun.

Back in the “olden days” when our children were little the marbles were made of glass and the noise was almost too much to handle. There must have been some consumer feedback because these marbles are all plastic coated.

It’s fun to watch David’s engineering mind at work as he puts these things together. He’s been figuring things out that way since before he could walk and it’s going to be interesting to see how these proclivities develop over the years.

Winter in Wake Forest:

1-img_2858Like I said, it’s cold and clear today.

I really love this time of the year, and I find genuine beauty in the starkness of trees without leaves and the grey-brown hue that stands in such contrast to the lush green of the woods in the spring and summer.

So I looked across at our house from my parents’ drive and captured the image.

To me this represents the constant newness of our move to North Carolina and the fact that – like the seasons we are enjoying – there are seasons to our lives too. This is a season, much like the season that was Brandon, of redefinition and new life and re-imagination.

Naomi and Craig:

1-img_2667We love our family in Richmond. We are crazy about the children but, you know, they do have parents too!

So I am praying every day that God’s peace, and direction, and wisdom, and presence, and nourishing love will also animate the lives of Naomi and Craig, and filter down through our amazing grandchildren, and stand as a witness to all my favorite words – to light and to grace and to invitation and to promise.

In love, and because of love – DEREK






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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.

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