Today was the absolute atithesis of the last few days. i was able to walk to the easter egg hunt with the kids, barbecue hamburgers, walk with Laura for a mile or so and take the kids to Reed's Kone Korner. It seemed like a day that I would have had before my stroke. I know that it does not take away from the stroke, but I was able to do everything. It was good for me to be outside today. I think that I was just have an extended "pity party" for the last few day. Like I said, there was nothing wrong physically with me, I just did not feel right emotionally. Today was totally different and I feel much better. Maybe dying Easter Eggs with my kids hit the spot, too.
A few years ago I was presented with the opportunity to come back to Stratford, Iowa, to First Baptist church, as their pastor; for those of you who have followed this blog for some time, FBC in Stratford was my first pastorate. Let's just say I prayed about it as I was jumping at the opportunity. The church has a parsonage, so I could live there and not have to worry about a houe payment; and I needed to slow down, and this was a part time position (which, as a side note, allowed for me to get a greater disability from the VA than when I was working full time with St. Croix Hospice...) We love Stratford, and absolutely love the church; the people are wonderful and accepted us, again, with open arms. This was, for me, the perfect position: I get to pastor a church I LOVE, I get to do life with people I LOVE, and I have already had the opportunity to do weddings and baptism services for kids (adults now) that I have known their entire lives. IT IS GREAT. The longer I have been here,