Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Our Son, The Doctor

Other than the fact it happens to be the state housing my son right now and it's home of Purdue University, what more can I say about Indiana? Or at least the part of it we were in.

We arrived on a Saturday and that same evening, attended a very nice dinner party hosted in Michael's honor by his advisor Rolf and his wife, Maryjane.

The following Saturday, we attended the long awaited graduation ceremony. This being a summer graduation, we were surprised to see there were more than 1300 students receiving their diploma that day. We arrived an hour before the ceremony was scheduled to begin and still had difficulty locating 2 empty seats together.

You can imagine how thrilled we were to watch our son be hooded and then handed his diploma after so many years of hard work in academia. Now the job hunt is on and we'll be interested to see where Michael Skoby, PhD, finally settles down.

The week following the ceremony was filled with trying to squeeze in as much Mike time as we could. At the same time, I was honestly trying to find something interesting about the area to write about.

There was one morning that Trevor had been reading in the book of Job in the New American Standard Version Bible. A portion of what he read that day was Job 14: 7-9

“For there is hope for a tree;
When it is cut down, that it will sprout again
And its shoots will not fail.
“Though its roots grow old in the ground
And its stump dies in the dry soil,
At the scent of water it will flourish
And put forth its sprigs like a plant.

That same afternoon, as we walked through a battleground memorial, Trevor came upon a tree growing up out of an old stump. He thought maybe the Lord was trying to tell him something, so that evening, he decided he better read further into the book of Job.
Through The Word, the Lord showed Trevor some things he needed to deal with in his life. It was interesting to see the simple and gentle way the Lord got Trevor's attention.

Other than that, Mike, and the old buildings on the Purdue campus, the town just didn't hold anything that interested us much.

As far as the campground we were in, let's just say that SANFORD AND SON comes to mind.

After spending so much time in mountains and rolling hills, the terrain in Indiana drove us both crazy. Trevor does all the driving and I'm amazed that he's able to stay awake for so many hours driving through some parts of the country.

We will miss our son, but we were so thrilled to arrive at our new place in the Pocono Mountains on Sunday. We plan to remain here in Pennsylvania for about a month and we're looking forward to this weekend when we can do some serious exploring of the area. I'll let you know what we find.

Love, Trevor and Roni