Grateful for two days of extended-family time (basically, my family-or-origin, including my 90-year old mother), with assorted offspring, spouses of offspring, and lots of babies and toddlers. The total count, at its peak, was well north of 30. Brenda and I returned to Springfield Friday evening. Today I indulged in a leisurely morning, processed a stack of emails, did some task organizing, took a walk, packed for an overnight, and headed south around 3pm. That put me at St John’s, Centralia in time to preside, preach, and confirm one adult. I’m now camped out at the Hampton Inn in Mt Vernon ahead of tomorrow’s visitation to the other Eucharistic Community of Marion County Parish–St Thomas’, Salem.

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