I arrived into Lakeside last night after a 580 mile drive from Portland, OR. It was great to get out on the road again. Last weekend I flew, but sometimes it’s good just to drive. No getting dropped off without a car, no TSA, or anything else that goes with air travel. It’s also slower, but I was in the mood for it.

It was Andrew and Kim’s wedding this time. It was outdoors, but a chapel was rented close-by in case it rained. During the rehearsal, there was a bin of white umbrellas which were much needed because of the downpour. The good news

Mom and I.

is that during the ceremony, there was sunshine. This time, I was not in the wedding, which was probably a good thing because Andrew (my cousin) has a good mix of brothers and long-time friends to stand in as groomsmen. Sometimes its nice just to be present. ¬†One of the guys (Drew Lever) made the point when we were waiting around to take pictures that 90% of success in the family is simply being present. “…you have to be mentally present too.” He told me. He is a family man, so he would know.

Nonetheless, I’m back here in Montana; 3 more books.. Haggai, Malachi, and Matthew. We finish with the Great Commission. What good would it be to finish a 9 month Bible study with the prophets that

Jan, me, Ron, and Glo

build up to the coming of Christ and stop with that? After all, Malachi ends with, “…lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”

Nick, Karl, and Luke