Each morning I drop our two eldest off to first grade for the 8:08 bell. From that point I have a 25 mile commute to my workplace. We live in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the US. I know this not only from Wikipedia, but from first hand experience on the roads!
My dad likes to say there are two seasons in New Jersey. Winter and Construction - and that when winter is coming, construction moves into full swing. Commuting in NJ is always interesting.... some days I can arrive at my desk by 8:45am, other days 9:10am all 'depending on the traffic'.
When the children were first born, each visit to the pediatrician was met with a form to track their developmental stages. Were they reaching all those mile markers on time? Babbling, rolling over, sitting, crawling etc. Oh how easy those days seem in comparison. Perhaps it was better that parents with more experience didn't share what this next leg of the journey would entail. Wisdom shared isn't wisdom learned. Some of this journey Mark and I have to learn for our selves.
Last weekend we were blessed to spend a weekend in retreat. One of the topics discussed was heaven and hell and readying myself for judgement. It would seem like a not so nice topic to some, but it helped me tremendously.