Day 352: Full Circle

by andrew

It’s hard to believe that in two weeks we will have been at this for a year already. Amazing!

We are settling in here at our friend’s in Pennsylvania where we started out last year around this time after a wonderful but all too short 2-stop journey up from Georgia. We camped at the fantastic Newport News Park for a few days and missed our dear brother and sister and family who used to live just a few short miles from there.

We had a wonderful time with our dear friends Ben and Elizabeth – hanging out at the campground on Saturday and then at their place on Sunday. Joy really took to their little girl who is only 2 days older. Now, every little girl Joy sees is “Aa-bee, Aa-bee!”

I had a business meeting on Monday with the very talented and creative folks at Ethicom (who are also long time family friends), and afterwards I brought the whole family over to their office for what was supposed to be a short visit (not wanting to impose). Well, it turned into quite a much larger adventure than that and by the time we left a couple hours later the kids all had their own offices, Bennah was working for $10 a day, they had produced their own “magazines” with a little help from a copier, and they each had a new writing/sketch book and an umbrella. They were talking about their new offices the rest of the day.

Keith from Ethicom put it so well (and I hope he doesn’t mind being quoted here): “It was a pure delight to have your little family come and spend a few moments showing us what true creativity really is. We need to be reminded that the Lord teaches us about Himself through the lives of little children and to always look at life through their eyes.”

The delight was ours! And the reminder was so valuable to Renee and I as parents. We can easily get caught up in the duties of raising children and sometimes forget the simple delights. We often look at things with our adult perspective and only see the extra work that a child’s whims might entail. But if we return to our own child-like vision still buried down deep underneath all the grown-up responsibilities and “mature” perspectives we’ve collected over the years, we can quickly tap into an endless wellspring of simple joy. To all our dear parent friends out there: chase the whims of your children with them through their creative and carefree eyes and you will discover the delight of remembering that anything is possible!

From there we headed up to our old stompin’ grounds near DC. It was a lot of fun watching the kids’ reaction to the familiar sites. They were beside themselves with amazement. Bennah kept exclaiming: “I just traveled back in time!” It was surreal in a beautiful way.

On Wednesday I dropped in on my old buddies at the White House and had a wonderful time catching up a little with them and hitting my Chipotle for lunch. Yes, it is my Chipotle. I used to make the pilgrimage at least once a week while I worked there. So many things have changed and so many things haven’t changed. Several people asked me throughout the day: “So, do you miss it?” Do I miss working at the White House? I told them all the same thing – I loved working there, and I would love working there again, but I do not miss it; not one bit ๐Ÿ™‚

Our youngest son Jaiden asks us almost every single day no matter where we are: “can we ride the metro train sometime?” Our universal answer is, “yes – sometime.” So, Thursday was finally sometime and we rode the metro into DC and invaded the National Museum of Natural History. The little ones tired out in pretty short order, but Bennah and I made an extended exploration while Renee took the others for snacks in the Fossil Cafe.

The Pohick Bay Campground in Virginia near our old home was so nice – we wanted to stay longer, but Friday came and it was time to leave. We had a very pleasant journey up to PA and are now enjoying the farm, the kids have their friends again whom they’ve been looking forward to seeing for months, and we are getting ready for Passover.

I’m still incredibly busy with business and have added even more new projects to the list. I much prefer drinking through a fire-hose I suppose. Episode #5 is now live! I need to catch up on 3 months of photos to my SmugMug galleries. Spring is coming and YHWH’s blessings abound!

7 Responses to “Day 352: Full Circle”

  • Elizabeth Andrus Says:

    Andrew, I loved reading this! We had such a great time with you guys! I love that Joy is saying Abee! Too cute! Also, I love the Keith Andrus quote, such a true reminder. Anyway, we know you guys are having a blast in PA! Don’t stay away from VA for too long. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ephraiyim and Ahava Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this my brother. It is delightful. Say hello to all of our friends in PA.

  • andrew Says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth – we had such a great time with you guys too! I wish it could have been longer – perhaps next time will be!

  • andrew Says:

    Will do, Ephraiyim! Blessings to you all there as well.

  • Liz Says:

    Great post! Informative, insightful, and inspiring! Love the pics. The kids are all getting so big!

  • Esther Haverluck Says:

    Delightful to read. What amazing blue eyes Joy has, I guess like yours. Neat how you entered the pics. Enjoy Passover.

  • lifefullj Says:

    Thanks for the great update! It’s funny you said it’s hard to believe it’s already been a year. My coworker, who’s taken interest in your travels since my weekends and time off has several times intersected with them, commented the other day how he’s surprised it’s only been a year ๐Ÿ™‚ Great to see you all (pics)! I noticed especially Zach and Bennah are looking older (not that the others aren’t). Love y’all! -J

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