November 8, 2012. I will admit, these last few months have been hard. Saying goodbye to our friends in Germany, seeing our daughter head off to college, and leaving behind 15 years of memories in one of the most beautiful places in the world sometimes leaves me frozen in my thoughts. The people, the experiences, and the memories I have now as a treasure. And each one, a gracious gift of God, never to be taken for granted. And so my challenge, now, is to cherish the past; but at the same time, embrace the present, knowing that each new day is another gift from above.