Jan Smith – 07/19/2008
|It’s 5:17 AM (Alaska time) as I sit down to write this. In a couple of hours Joanne and I will be at the airport in Fairbanks. We’re heading home. What a GREAT time we’ve had!!We even had our picture taken, all the way from Minnesota:|
|Here are a couple of closer-up shots of us, taken by our daughter. She’s lived in Fairbanks for over a year now. Tomorrow (July 20th) is her first wedding anniversary.In the next photo, I’m talking to our son Jake back in Minnesota. Joanne is talking to her sister. Even though I know how all this stuff works, I’m still amazed by what we can do. Thousands of miles… and it’s like we’re all right here!|
|There is one sad moment to report: I received a call from one of my sisters yesterday, informing me that our mother has died. Mom was 97 years old. I will miss her very much. But as a Christian, I cannot be sad for her. I know where she is. (I’ll write more about that in a day or two.)
When I was a young adult, I remember someone’s dad talking with a bunch of us guys about how great it is to have a family. At the time I couldn’t imagine why anyone would say that. In those days, it was all about me.
I’ve learned a lot since then. Perhaps one of the most important lessons is this: it doesn’t matter how much or how little money you have. When you’ve got family, you’re richer than kings. I have a wonderful wife and four wonderful children. One of them lives in Alaska. If not for that fact, we would surely never have come to this place. I’m so blessed beyond my ability to say.
I just realized: I think my keys to our house are at the bottom of one of the suitcases. It took me over an hour to cram all the stuff into those bags and zip them shut. There’s no way I’m going to open them before we get home. Our son Jake will have to let us into the house.