And they’re back! Grandchildren and more…

– David, my mum, Beks, Naomi, Geoffrey, my dad

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! – 1 John 3:1

So it’s a big weekend for family. Naomi and the children rolled in from Miami Thursday afternoon; then today my niece Hannah, her fiancée Chris, and their collective five will arrive from Sarasota. Lunch should be a zoo – but at least my parents will have seven of their eight great-grands all in one sitting.

That means this post is necessarily short.

I took Naomi, David, Beks, and Geoffrey (Craig flies up early next week) next door the moment they arrived. Children are life itself, grandchildren bring unmeasurable joy, and great-grandchildren are not just great, they are good medicine.

– Geoffrey

The photo at the counter was my “good morning a little while ago.” That and a cup of coffee and I am beyond wide awake!

Peace to you all this day and this weekend. 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, 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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