These three are off on a camping trip in the mountains--Table Rock. And thank God, Michael is there to take care of all their needs, keep them safe. He's one of the most patient people I know. I'd wanted to make a retreat with Dagny before she went off to college, and it may still happen, but this camping trip couldn't come at a better time for both of them. Work can be a grind even when we're grateful for it.
As for me, it affords more time to pray, read, and write. I want to get my historical novel ship-shape. I never, ever get tired of being home alone--I will clean house, take care of the pets and plants, and not give a thought to meal preparation with all these garden goodies and more on the way! What a blessed writing life!!! I've always been so grateful to stay at home with my kids and even now, as they fly the nest. God go with them.