Our granddaughter, Tara Soule, graduated from Drake University with a degree in elementary education December 19, 2016. Here she is with her two sisters, Jordyn and Taylor and the whole family.

My view for the month: Each of our grandchildren experienced a milestone this past year. (1) Grant started college at Arkansas Community College in Fayetteville, Ak. (2) Grace graduated from Flower Mound High School in Texas and is a freshman at her parents alma mater--Central College in Pella, Iowa. (3) Jordyn is finishing her last year at Newton High School and has been accepted to the University of Iowa, where she will start next fall. (4) Tara started her teaching career this semester. (5) Taylor has been accepted for law school and will start next fall. We, like most grandparents, have enjoyed each and every stage of our grandchildren's lives during their "growing up" years. Now the "new career" phase is taking shape. We hope each of them has a rewarding career just as Jeannine and I have. Wherever their career paths might lead--we hope they will continue to reach out to others to show God's love in a caring and sharing way.

But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness  to children's children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. (ESV) (Psalm 103:17-19)

Things moved fast. After graduating from Drake, Tara had a job waiting for her in Peoria, Arizona. She moved to Arizona the day after Christmas--here she is in her own classroom. Now you know the real reason for our Arizona trip. We had a great week visiting Tara's classroom, doing some mountain hiking and other fun things and celebrating her new job and her 22nd birthday.