I read a verse recently that was a good reminder to me...please allow me to share it with you. It comes from the Message paraphrase of the Bible (I was not a fan of this when it first came out, but have recently found it very refreshing and helpful for understanding God's Word in an applicable way). According to the message, Proverbs 27:23 says, "Know your sheep by name; carefully attend to your flocks; (don't take them for granted; possesions don't last forever, you know.)" This verse struck me and was a good reminder that I cannot take for granted this short time I have with my children. They are my flock that God has put in my charge to love and nurture. Even though I am with them pretty close to 24/7, I must make sure that I am taking advantage of every moment to the fullest. In the blink of an eye I will be sending them back to Africa and they won't be in my posession anymore. These are days to cherish. May this also be a reminder to anybody who happens to be reading this today....please cherish your children...your spouse...your parents...your friends...you never know how long they will be with you or how long God will allow you to be a part of their lives. Take care to use every moment wisely and to live every moment to the fullest. We are a gift from God to each other.