September 5, 2018
Okay, I think my life is officially busy. There is always the normal busyness that occurs at the start of the school year. That was compounded with so many new students to our campus this year and a few new faculty and staff members.
But school isn’t where the hectic schedule is coming from. After years of being on cruise control at home things have kicked into high gear. If you didn’t know, 2018 turned into the year of the wedding at the Koehne household. My sons Chris and Aaron were married in February and July. With that came a level of excitement and work to go along with the weddings. Now it is my daughter’s turn in October. There is a whole lot more that goes into being the father of the bride than there was to being the father of the groom. To add to the list, my future son-in-law, Pedro, is from Brazil so we have been bogged down in visa paperwork just to ensure he will be here in time for the wedding.
While the beginning of the school year is my busy time, my wife is a musician and speaker and her schedule is a little more seasonal. Well, that season is here. Starting the third week of September Mia will be out of town every weekend until Thanksgiving, except for the weekend Miriam gets married. When she toured last year all the kids were home with me, so this year I thought it would be really quiet around the house with just me and the dog.
Because there isn’t enough going on we decided it was time to move. This past weekend was spent getting the house ready to put on the market. We will close on our new house in November and move at that time. The move came about because Mia’s mom will be moving in with us. We are excited about this new phase in our journey as all the kids move out and mom moves in.
Through it all I have been trying to keep peace of mind. Most days are really good, with the occasional day of feeling like my head is spinning. Philippians 4: 6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” So often I am looking for that peace, but in the busiest times I forget the first part. Present your petitions to God. That peace comes from God when we present our thoughts and requests to Him in prayer. So if you see me running around and looking a little anxious, remind me to slow down and pray.
Mr. Robert Koehne