Finding Family

March 22, 2008

One of the great joys in life is that of family, whether that be parents and siblings or those friends we care about like family. These are the people we share life with. They have seen our best and worst days, and we have seen theirs. No matter what we are doing, we would rather be doing it with them.

So I guess you could call my Spring Break “Family Time.” I spent most of last weekend with my dad, my mom, and my brother Billy. We did not do anything too spectacular (We went to church, enjoyed some good food, and watched Back to the Future), but we enjoyed being together.

On Tuesday I traveled up to Dallas to spend some time with other family, my “SPO’7” family. One of my professors from IBEX is now working on his PhD at Dallas Theological Seminary, and about 10 of my fellow Ibexim made a road trip out to Dallas for the break. I was able to join them for a couple days.

Again, our time was not marked by anything too exciting (we didn’t sneak into the Old City or hike through any wadis), but we loved being together. On Wednesday, we slept in and had a big breakfast before doing chores all around the Bolens house. Afterwords, we took the kids to the park and played soccer and “hot lava” monster before enjoying dinner, a movie, and Blue Bell Ice Cream together. It was a very family day.

As I was getting ready to head home on Thursday, my dad called and told me that he was on his way to the hospital with my mom, who was going to have her appendix taken out. Needless to say, I didn’t waste any time getting home, and I have spent the last couple days chilling with the parents and watching a lot of college hoops.

It has been a good Spring Break. I have enjoyed all this family time, as well as some of the time I have been able to spend with the Lord. I am looking forward to heading back home (to my Hotchkiss family) on Monday and diving into what will surely be a busy rest of the semester.

But I guess one of the lessons of Spring Break is that it’s not so much the things you do in life but the family you do them with.

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One Response to “Finding Family”

  1. Kelly said

    Sheesh, Ben….that one almost made me tear up!! It was GREAT talking and seeing you again — the music you lead on Easter Sunday was so encouraging. We’ll continue to pray for you!

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