It's Wednesday, November 23. I'm sitting at the dining room table at my father-in-law's house in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, enjoying the relative quiet of Thanksgiving week--the calm before the storm. That's an odd choice of words, though, because there's quite a storm brewing outside. We drove down yesterday to avoid this storm, which is taking the form of wet, heavy snow in our neck of the woods. Rain had barely begun to sprinkle here when we arrived last night around 9:30. The boys were already asleep and their bed was ready, so we got them nestled in and then visited with Dad and Aunt Sue.
One of the blessings of coming a day early is having a quiet day here before Thanksgiving dinner at my sister-in-law's house tomorrow. Another obvious blessing is not traveling the day before Thanksgiving, and not traveling in heavy rain and/or snow! The boys are playing pretty well in the living room, while my wife shows her father some card tricks she has learned. Her aunt is making pies in the kitchen. We're warm, dry and relaxed. It's a pleasant place to be.
I've been working as a substitute teacher in a few different schools this fall, even enjoying four weeks of nearly full time at one school. Truly full time work has not yet been found. Anyone inclined to pray is encouraged to continue doing so!