Some Final Thoughts

January 20th, 2014

Hmmm. It’s been August since I’ve updated this blog. For nine years, I’ve been writing here, since January 2, 2005:

Maybe this year will be different… I’m choosing to focus on the kids, creating a written story of who they are, what they do, and how that affects who I am. Maybe I’ll add in a bit about my life in Him, and how that affects our family and hopefully, our community. C will be along for the ride, since I can’t do much without him by my side. Let’s hope that there’s enough interest to keep writing and reading for more than a few days.

I would say that I’ve accomplished that. We’ve seen many, many changes. Our kids are nearly grown. I find now that most of what I think about posting digs a little into their own private lives – times they share with their own friends now, as they choose, rather than me having to provide a window for others to sneak a peek. It’s been an odd coming-of-age for our family in the past few months.

Chris and I continue on at our jobs, mostly enjoying our work.

Marti at Christmas

We dream of new possibilities in the coming years… we chat about moving to California, but who knows if that will happen? We are open to what lies ahead, even if we don’t exactly know what that might be in the future.

Chris at Christmas

Perky is still… well, Perky. The girls love him. He’s getting older, and now he’s got little health scares here and there that demand a little more attention and care. He still has the ability to wiggle into the soft spot of our hearts, even if it means getting up in the middle of the night to see what he needs.

Perky December 2013

The kids are hardly kids any more. Paisley turns 23 this summer, working in Frederick at an international call center for high-end auto rentals, and living in Greencastle, PA. Rachel is in the middle of obtaining her A.A. degree in visual arts, and she will graduate in May 2016. Katie continues to excel at the local magnet arts high school, and Becky has just auditioned to hopefully attend there as well as a freshman in the fall. Our kids are smart, witty, creative, and kind, and we are blessed to know them and love them.

Four Grahl Kids

I’m not sure how often I’ll update this blog from here, but I wanted to give some closure to this chapter of our lives. We’ve homeschooled, unschooled, home churched and unchurched, refound and rediscovered each other and Life around us. It’s been a wild ride, and I am sure we’re not done yet.

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I have always loved Micah 6:8, but I especially find that the translation in The Message brings a smile to my face:

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
    what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
    be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
    take God seriously.

Peace and blessing be with you always. There is a Joy in the journey.