The Administrative Offices of RPR/OFV

Today I got an envelope full of mail from Deborah. Only one piece of the mail was for me, but I’d like to share it with you because it was so perfectly fantastic.

Your initial impression of the envelope is that it’s official. The font on the return address, the “Please Verify Contents,” everything says OFFICIAL. Well, you open the envelope and you see a blue 1/3-sheet of paper bearing the inscription “Imperial Majesty: Ramada’s Preferred Cruise Line” on it. Open that up, and you find a check for $1,600! It even has lines on the back to sign it away. Oh, it’s only valid for a cruise package? Well, OK, but it says “Enjoy Your Vacation!” in handwriting on the “For:” line, and Dan Lambert signed it, so it must be real. Then you notice that there’s another 1/3 of a sheet in there, and it says “Boarding Voucher” and boy does it look official – right name and address, lots of little thingydoodles on it… Basically, woah. Then you look at the other sheet, and it begins “This Official Registered Document confirms…” and looks like it’s been highlighted. Additionally, Dan Lambert “signed” it again, and checked some Toll Free Number. I’m so glad my “Fiscal history has earned me this $1,600.00 travel voucher.” I really feel the urge to call Toll Free 1-800-570-9973 in the next 72 hours. Really. The final sheet you see is a brochure for Florida’s glories. I, too, can go-go dance on a golf course, or sit in an uncomfortably short-skirted dress in a faux-leather booth next to a man whose chin appears nearly nonexistant; I could wear ugly clothes and gape wide-eyed at the marvels of Universal Studios, where “smiles are contagious.” And honestly…who wouldn’t want to? Overall you get the feeling that you’ve won an awesome cruise worth $1,600.00 just for being Fiscally Responsible, so the moral of the story is: Be Responsible and Always Call All Toll Free Numbers! Continue Reading >>

“Isn’t marriage your vocation?”


Day’s Verse:

“So, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

Hebrews 6:15

“Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31


Title credits to Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.

I don’t know if there is any feeling more intolerable, more cruel and antsy and utterly difficult, than that of enforced waiting. I’ve become a pro at waiting over the last year, having spent such a wonderful volume of time completely alone between classes, but none of those hours could compare to the next two and a half weeks. At 40 days away, it’s easy to be calm and patient because that’s still over a month away, and each day will pass in its reasonable time. Now, and for every day after, the hours and days will refuse to flow as they ought. Each hour will be drawn out to feel like 60 hours, each day will become 24 days. The amount of time between Ian and me has reached the touchy point of close-but-far, and anything after this point will feel cruel. Patience will be God-given minute by minute… and for those of you who know me well, you’ll realize that I am not by nature a patient person. Any calmness I have in the following days you must attribute to God alone. Continue Reading >>