Job and I returned yesterday from a little weekend trip to the serenely beautiful western part of Virginia (Bath County, Highland County I love you both). I spent my time unplugged with the exception of one daily check of my email. I hardly took any pictures. I did a little knitting, a lot of reading (I highly recommend My Sisters the Saints), and had some great discussions with friends. I realized that I am actually still capable of formulating thoughts and speaking them out loud (though I won’t claim that my thoughts or words are great or profound, but just to have them, that’s good right now). In all seriousness, I wasn’t sure that part of me still worked. The fog I’ve been in since Job was born has been slow to lift. Maybe my brain just needed a little rest, a bit of quiet. I spent time meditating on my life, examining myself and where I am, and where I need to improve. I thought of concrete ways to get there. Today I’m sinking back into home with a renewed spirit, so thankful for the gift of those two days.