Yesterday at the farewell reception for our youth group directors at church, the kids were doing their own version of chatter—running around, while waiting for the cake to be cut. Once they had a little more sugar in their bodies, they were fine. I knew that soon I would be heading up here, but what about the parents? A cottage by the sea won’t be on their agenda for many years. Nonetheless, I hope they can find a little time to craft some silence, solitude and simplicity that allows them to take a few deep breaths, and to let them out. That’s the purposes of this blog, to inspire, encourage and affirm.