Jackson Five Friday: 47 Business Days

Hey Friends,

I am pretty much the least likely person to give fashion tips, but I’ve got one for you. If you go to DSW and find a cute pair of shoes on the clearance rack that aren’t your size, you can have the store ship you the right size for free. It was almost a dangerous discovery. I ended up picking out three different pairs, for a total of $88.46. At checkout the cute girl, smiled and said, “So you’re all set. The shoes will ship within 47 business days.”

My satisfaction of discovering this fun loophole quickly dissipated.

“Within forty-seven business days?” I repeated, stunned.

“Four to seven,” she said.

So yeah, the reminders that I am getting old are both humbling and frequent. I would loved to have marched right out to the car and called my mom. She would’ve cracked up.

Last week, Nate and I were texting while he was at school. He told me, that he had an in-class essay for history, and that he was nervous about it. Knowing that he probably only had a minute or two before class I kept it brief. I said, “Praying. Use Specifics.” I meant, of course, for him to try to use specific details in his essay, but he responded right back, “Mongols Long Essay Question,” thinking I needed more information.

It made me laugh and for some reason the Taxi episode where Reverend Jim takes his driving test popped immediately to mind. Again, this is something that would be so fun to tell my mom or dad. Who knew my highly intelligent and diligent Nate could ever in a million years do something that would conjure up Reverend Jim!

These are such little things, and yet they deepen the longing for my parents. The bigger things — the things where God has orchestrated events in such an undeniable way — make me heart sick for my parents. There is no one who can celebrate what God has done quite like your parents. In November it’ll be twenty years since my dad died, and later this month will mark two years that my mom has been gone. The sorrow of not having them to hear what God has done has not faded in the least. If you’re parents are alive I hope you cherish the ability to share with them what the Lord is doing in your life. Nevertheless, the Bible calls us to keep proclaiming what He has done.

Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind! He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot— come, let us rejoice in him. ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭66:5-6‬ ‭

I hope this weekend you get to live this verse: “Come and see what God has done!”

With Love,


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