Debbi is the one pictured with outstretched “wings” along at the top of our blog. In a few days, she will be leaving home to start Wheaton College in Illinois. That will transition us to the official position of “empty nesters.” What does that mean? Can somebody please
explain? (Well, I’m not really sure I want to know!) I guess we will have to take it one step at a time. We have enjoyed our last several years with her sooooo much!
Our youngest son, Daniel (21) is enjoying his life at Northwestern University. He hopes to spend the first semester next year in Australia as an exchange student. Daniel stays very busy with extras like International Student Union, student fraternities and Bible study groups. He is always endeavoring to find creative and holistic ways to express his faith in an environment saturated with academia.
Our second born, Samuel (on the left in the picture) thrives in the challenges of architectural studies at OSU. His major takes much longer to complete than most other disciplines, but he is glad to be approaching the end. He and a friend in Kenya started the creation of a 3-D virtual map of the infamous Kibera slums in Nairobi. This summer he is working on a sample that can be used for a funding proposal for the entire project. Samuel will still take a class or two at Ohio State in the fall, but can’t wait to get into full time architectural design.
Michael, our oldest son, is giving another year of service at LA Catholic Worker www.lacatholicworker.org The Catholics and Mennonites over several generations have stood out for issues of justice, defending the cause of the oppressed and marginalized. In some cases, civil disobedience has become a way to express such dissatisfaction. Well, our son Michael did that and more.
After demonstrating against the activities at School of the Americas in Georgia in November last year, he decided to “cross the line”. This was a well planned, premeditated and prayed-over act. The photo shows him being prayed for just before the incident (the red book in his hand is a Bible). He then climbed over the fence into this military facility, and right into the waiting hands of arresting officers. For this he earned six months in federal prison. (Sorry the pictures aren’t the greatest – but can give you some idea).
Within that period he was transferred 7 times and came close to being deported. Yes, a very tense time for all of us. We were VERY grateful when he was back to freedom at the end of May this year!
So, that’s our family news. We would love to hear yours!
Ibrahim and Diane (honestly; we wrote this together!)