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I just saw a commercial for General Mills, they are removing all artificial colors and flavors from their cereals.

What will that look like?

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Trix do not occur naturally.  If they are void of artificial color and fruit flavor, won’t that make them the same material as the box?

And that won’t make them for kids. That will make them for packaging fragile things before mailing.

I can’t sleep, and I am pondering what things will soon look like.  Next week we will travel to Disney World, a gift from my dad… for 22 people. And yeah, I wonder what that will look like. My foot injury is bothering me, I have a lot of hair… hair that grows exponentially in Floridian climate, oh and there will be TWENTY-TWO OF US.

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Upon our return, we are moving back to our ranch. It is 25 miles away from where we live now.  Yes, I lived there before, but our return will look much different. We have three “new” children, and of the “old” batch, three children are going on to new things.

I wonder what that will look like.

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We are in the final stretch of the adoption of our young foster son. He’s wholly a part of our lives, he is our boy. Still when the papers are signed, what will that look like? Will we take a deep breath for the first time in two years? Or will it just be business as usual?

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As I type this I am in a hotel in Utah where I came to attend the memorial of my uncle. I watched my cousins and aunt grieve and celebrate and grieve some more. I watched memories bubble to the surface and erupt in laughter… and tears. And I know that all of us wonder, what will it look like without Steve?

Like the General Mills cereal, nothing will ever be quite the same.  Similarly, without the color and flavor… how good can it be without this character that was so genuinely loved by so many?

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And yet, the sun still comes up, things trudge on, and in the midst of wondering what things will look like, it becomes natural to evolve from wondering to knowing.

Much like Disney World with 22 people or a move from one home to the next there is a preparedness that comes from experience, and another that comes from experiencing the unknown.

We know my uncle will be remembered fondly. We know we will miss him. We know that words won’t adequately convey, and yet… they’ll have to do.  Although, we have no concrete proof, we believe we will see him again, that we will be reunited for an eternity. As much as I fully believe that and look forward to it… I wonder, what will that look like?

May your floors be sticky and your calling ordained.  Love, Jami

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  John 17:3

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