My dad once told me that his dad used to tell him, “If you pray for a strong back, the Lord will give you a heavy load to carry.” As a child, this expression always struck me as something a farmer would say, perhaps more so because my dad grew up on a farm where back-breaking hard work was the normal daily routine. I’ve come to realize, however, that “heavy loads” don’t always mean farm animals or bales of hay.
The past few weeks at the Crookstons have been a time of heavy loads. Collectively as a family, we have been hefting around the very real possibility of splitting up our family for the next 12 months until Carina is done with classes at AUC. Read the rest of this entry »