After our 10 1/2 hour trip from Colorado Springs to Abilene yesterday, they quickly repacked and continued their journey to Houston. He'll be a 2nd year med student at Baylor; she'll be a 2nd year 2nd-grade teacher. For the past 30 days, I've spent almost every waking hour with my older son. What a great blessing! We studied language together at Christian Spanish Academy in Antigua, Guatemala. And on weekends, we went by foot, bike, van, bus, and plane all around that beautiful country. We hiked up a volcano (Pacaya--still very much active), we biked on the slopes of another one (Agua), we explored the incredible Mayan ruins in Tikal, and we rode lanchas up the Rio Dulce and around Lake Atitlan. It's a joy to connect with your kids when they're kids; but it's a whole other kind of joy to connect with them when they're adults. Now, a note to all those cheering on our language studies. When you first see me, please do not: (1) ask if I'm fluent yet (no); or (2) speak rapidly to me in Spanish. We gained a lot of ground. And with our teachers -- who speak slowly and distinctly within our vocabulary range -- we did quite well. But there is a long ways to go!