On Wednesday my Grandma and Grandpa Larkin drove out from Phoenix – where they have been spending the holidays with my Aunt Cindy – to visit us. On Thursday we packed a lunch and enjoyed a beautiful day in Joshua Tree National Park. When we got back to the valley we experienced another stunning sunset. It was great seeing Grandma and Grandpa! Over breakfast this morning I shared with our daughters what a rarity it is to have not only their grandparents, but all of their great-grandparents alive and well, and the privilege and opportunity to spend time with them. Memories to make and moments to be treasured.
Every year I read a lot of books. Among the books I select I try to always have a few that deal with marriage and family. Last week I read the little book Eyes of the Ship by Jim Moore. In the book Moore uses the story of the Titanic as a metaphor to talk about fatherhood. While there was nothing necessarily profound for me personally, I found the questions at the end of each chapter helpful. The book was good in that it simply caused me to reflect on how I am doing as a father, reminded me of the high calling of raising my daughters, and challenged me to be the best dad I can be for them. And that, of course, is the point.