Monday, July 16, 2012

The Klappers Go Camping

Way back at the beginning of January, I made a list of several goals for the year that I wanted to make happen. I'm now glad to say, 7 months later, I finally accomplished one of them: Go on a weekend camping trip as a family. Along with my fabulous in-laws, we headed northeast last weekend to a camping area about two hours from home.  Here are some snapshots from our five-day adventure...

Monday, July 2, 2012


This Monday has been rocked by some major amnesia. Not the familiar type of amnesia that affects the human memory. Nope. The kind I've been hit with today is of my soul: spiritual amnesia.  Temporarily forgetting what the Lord has done in my life and the way He has proven Himself time and time again over the past year. Anxiety and worry showed up bright and early today, ready to throw an ugly party in my thought life.

Recently, I've noticed that many of my severe bouts of spiritual memory loss seem to be triggered by financial hardships more than anything else. And that was the case again this morning. It all began with an early trip to a physical therapy appointment followed by another visit to the orthopaedics clinic. The past 4 weeks I've seen these guys often as I seek treatment for a chronic overuse injury in both of my knees. Even though I've been able to experience some mild relief from the pain that I've dealt with for 8 months, I was advised this morning that surgery would more than likely be recommended if I don't improve significantly in the next 4 weeks. As much as I long to have relief from this awful pain, these are the only things I could see dancing around before my eyes when I heard those words: