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This year started out with it’s own difficulties. Then it got worse. Pandemic. Lockdowns. Restrictions on travel, visits, normal activities. Then came the wildfires and smoke.

As we come into the end of summer, we look to the fall and we can hope for better times. Throughout the spring and summer I spent some time working on my adoptive father’s memoir. A lot of inspirational thoughts involved there.

Just think, at the beginning of the year, we had plans and reservations to travel to Canada, Oregon, and the Washington coast. As family issues, Dad’s passing, the pandemic progressed, and travel became restricted, we had to cancel trips and reservations. We changed plan after plan.

Still, we hope. We hope for better weather, better times, more opportunities to visit family and friends. With our hope, we re-arrange reservations or trip plans for the next season.

So, why Hope?

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
–Romans 5:3-5 NKJV

As tough as it can be, getting through this year’s trials and tribulations will help us produce perseverance, character, and hope.

Yes, we hope to do some of the visiting and traveling next year. We hope the pandemic ends and a vaccine becomes available. We hope for better. Always.

And, I hope I’m better at posting more regularly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Keep writing!

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