Hello from Holland, Michigan!
9 years ago the very first edition of this publication was released in the voice of Bob & Larry reporting and the headlining shot was little Chloe in her daddy's arms with her very pregnant mommy standing next to her. So much as changed!
So very much.
Though the road was not always what I would've chosen, I would not for one second change a thing.
In celebration of the 10th edition, here are some Top Tens for you!
Top 10 Moments of 2015
10 Ordinary Stats
10 Jonny quotes
In case you missed it somehow, life is never dull over here!
I could tell you many anecdotes of these funny people - several of them decidedly boy-humor. I know this moment is coming each year: The Verkaik Variety - Thanksgiving Edition. I try to write and sum up and be pithy and witty yet as I look back it never ceases to amaze me how the days pile up until weeks become months and months are stacked into a year. The days are certainly long but the years seem so short.
This week at Meijer, I had one of those "stop-in-your-tracks" moments. I was just going through my list and checking it off as this thought slammed into my heart: Someday, you will wish these days back - just as you see young moms having inane conversations with their toddlers. You will wish for your three children to be elementary aged again, and a profound sense of thankfulness for our current "normal" washed over me. That was the shocker: I didn't dive off the Ledge of Nostalgia but found myself hardly able to wait for them to get home so I could squeeze and tickle and hear all about their day.
There are so many days I want to be that boy in the story who was given a magic ball with a string. When he pulled the string, minutes and days and months even years passed like a blink. He had no memory of them but he could skip the hard and get to the next phase or moment he desired more. When the kids are mean to each other and the disciplining and teaching and modeling gets so old and long, I want to remove the pressure. I want to hide and close my eyes and believe, like a toddler, that if I don't see them, they won't see me. But removing the pressure takes away the gem at the end of the process as our pastor Ken Gentzler spoke about last week. Since my purpose is to glorify God, I struggle to remain under the pressure knowing "Hard isn't bad. It's just hard." (Mark Vroegop) Slowly, I'm learning.
But I will leave you with this thought:
What hard thing are you thankful for? What pressure are you wishing you could remove?
The pressure will create something so precious you will instinctively lay at His feet when you finally get to see Him face to face. We only have to remain under the pressure knowing He holds us.
Joyfully thanking Him for ALL things!