I am on the road again. This year I have traveled every other week since January. That is a lot of traveling. I normally travel once a month, sometimes it even stretches to once every six weeks, so this has been a challenging few months. These things come in seasons for Greg and I, so we are pretty good about keeping that in perspective and just holding on for the roller coaster ride. It's been a great time professionally and we have, as a family, done a good job of spending quality time together when I am home. It really has been a great year.

That being said, I'm exhausted. For me, writing is all about pouring out, and while I've enjoyed the work we are doing together on poverty – it has been a lot of pouring out. A lot of laying bare my faults and challenges. A lot of challenging you as well. I love it. I LOVE it. But, that being said, I'm exhausted.

So this is my plan:

I'm heading home first thing in the morning. Tomorrow evening I will see my oldest little in her first graduation ceremony. Yes, we have a full cap and gown graduation ceremony tomorrow to usher Grace from pre-school to kindergarten. A lot of people kind of roll their eyes and think it's a little over the top for pre-school. I'm a fan. If there is anything to make a big deal over – what better than education? I am all for celebrating any learning milestone. A love for learning is one of the core qualities I pray for my children to have – so tomorrow evening we are going to CELEBRATE!

After that I have a week to get all caught up at work and then we will take our first family vacation. We are going to drive to Myrtle Beach. 18 hours or so in a car with a three year old and a five year old. Big smiles. We are researching all things road trip and we are going to make it fun. That which does not kill us…. we will be fine (this keeps repeating over and over in my head, 'we will be fiiiiine'). I cannot wait to show the kids the ocean, build sand castles, and make some memories!

All that to say that I won't be posting for the next couple weeks. Unless, of course, the proclamation that I won't be posting unleashes some creative tidal wave – then I'll post. But I really think I'm in dire need of re-fueling. I have to fill back up so I can start pouring back out.

I do have a lot to write about. There are three other amazing encounters in Indianapolis I want to share with you. I just finished reading another incredible book that I want to talk about. I'm working on a few ideas with my sister in law. There is a lot going on, but at the moment I'm too tired to put my thoughts in a coherent order – so rest. I am going to go rest.

I hope you are enjoying our belated, yet beloved, spring!

Much love!

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