We recently enjoyed a nearly week-long visit with my mom. We had a chance to catch up after not seeing each other for seven years and I showed her a few of the local sights in the Lower Valley.
She loved the hanging flower baskets in downtown Sunnyside - "It shows someone cares," she said - and enjoyed visits to the Sunnyside Museum, as well as local produce stands.
She even got to play the piano at church.
It was also neat to chat and compare aspects to life here and back in Ohio where she lives.
For example, Mom told me quite a few folks back in my old stomping grounds are upset because school buildings are being torn down and new ones built in their place.
She's not against new buildings, mind you, it's just the apparent waste of tearing down instead of remodeling or repairing.
With that in mind, I couldn't help but drive her by the new Sierra Vista and Sun Valley schools here, as well as the remodel of Sunnyside High School.
She appreciated the construction efforts and expressed amazement there are so many kindergarten students here they need to have their own school building.
Her enthusiasm about our life, work and ministry here rubbed off on me. It made me appreciate anew day-to-day things here we all take for granted.
It was encouraging to view life through the eyes of another, my mother no less.
It also gave me a renewed appreciation for the work and writing I get to do here at the Daily Sun News.
That doesn't mean I don't have goals to have more time for ministry with the church...but it means my mom and my God have given me a good lesson in contentment over the past week or so.
Mom's visit went so well here she's already planning to visit again next year...that means yet another opportunity to view life through the eyes of another.