today I dropped the kids at my great-aunt and uncle's house. they love my kids and my kids LOVE going to their house so this is bonus point one. bonus point two, in peace and quiet I was able to knock out several phone calls and errands that I'd been meaning to get to... some of them literally for months. bonus three, I stopped at panera to grab lunch and they had my favorite, squash soup. and to top it all off, giant bonus point four, there was a Tim Keller interview on suffering and the sovereignty of God on the radio that was exactly, exactly what I needed to hear right now. this day didn't really start out any special or spectacular way, but it appears to be taking several unexpected good turns. Thanks, God.