Friday, July 20, 2007

In Praise of Katherine

I praise my first-born child,
Katherine Ann,
who is on the move all summer.

Right now,
Katie is hanging out with
4500 of her closest friends.

All of them have landed on the campus of Purdue University for a week of Presbyterian Mayhem, otherwise known as the Youth Triennium.

It's a jam-packed week of fun, study, worship, and service, all aimed at spiritual growth. Katie says, "It's sweet." Then she adds, "Church isn't boring here, Dad."

I'm proud of her. Her honesty is refreshing. Her joy is contagious.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Celebrating Family

Q - What do you give to parents who have everything?
A - A week with children and grandchildren at the beach.

A family reunion can be a daunting event, especially if it's been a while since all of you have lived under the same roof. Old competitions are renewed. Old nicknames are updated. Somebody is liable to get voted off the island.

The Carter Clan did pretty well, all things considered. We survived a week on the North Carolina beach, and did our best to honor the Old Duffers who raised us. Here is a picture of Dad goosing Mom, and trying not to get caught.

Of course, we love one another very much.