Joel’s Journal 05-26-21

I think we went from Winter to Summer and skipped Spring altogether! I am not complaining because I love Summer, but I am not sure my HVAC system knows what is going on. I always try to be the last person to turn on my heat in the winter and my AC in the summer. I am not sure I won this year because I have already turned on my AC a few times to sleep. I am a “cold” sleeper meaning I like it as cold as possible. I sleep much better in the winter when my house is set to 62 degrees than I do in the summer when my house is set to 75. 
My wife and I are joining in the craziness this weekend and having a garage sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning. So, for the last two weeks we have been setting up the garage with all of our “stuff”. I have learned in life that there are two types of people in this world. There are “keepers” and there are “pitchers”. There are people who want to keep everything because “we might use it someday” and there are people who get rid of things because “we haven’t used it in a month”. I am definitely a “pitcher”. You all probably know by now, that I hate clutter so this shouldn’t surprise you. I am always surprised how much “stuff” we accumulate over time. Still, I’m not a fan of having garage sales ;).
I have received three graduation party invitations already for this summer. I love this because it means some of our traditions are getting back to “normal”. I was able to go to a few graduation parties last year, but definitely not the normal amount due to COVID. I’m looking forward to all the cake! I have to say that my favorite cake at graduation parties has been Costco cakes. I am amazed at how good they are. I love to see these young people get ready for their next stage of life. I am also reminded to pray for them as they are entering a stage of their lives filled with many temptations. I still believe many of the habits we develop during our late teens and early 20’s guide us for the rest of our lives. Join me in praying for our recent graduates.
My wife and I celebrated 17 years of marriage last Saturday. I know some of you will say, “Oh, you are so young” but I can’t believe it has been 17 years already. I still remember coming to Fairview in 2004 as newlyweds. A lot has changed in 17 years, but I am so blessed to have had Karolyn by my side for all of it. She has been a huge supporter and teammate of everything that happens here. I couldn’t do what I do without her. She always encourages me and lifts me up. She wants to be involved and doesn’t complain about the many hours I spend here at the church. She does her best being a “Sunday Widow” by getting the kids ready and getting to church all by herself week after week. She is the one who stays home with the sick kids and cares for them. She is amazing! I love her a lot.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend. Make sure you thank a soldier for their sacrifice. I hope to see you at one of our services (Wednesday 6:45 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM)!
In God’s Love,
Joel R. Greenwood