Sorry for the slow blogging. I ought to be overflowing with stuff to say, but I am simply trying to do my job the best I can. While I am physically here in Rome, a large part of my heart and mind is back in Nashville working on the last part of the year to be wrapped up: the finances. Our fiscal year ends on June 30, and we stand a good chance of ending the year with our budget in balance. That is a big change from last year, when I was sitting here in Rome worried about a big deficit and not being about to do much about it. So thanks to all of you who have made this a better year financially. It is definitely not too late to help up out this year so please hit the donate button or send us a check soon! I would love to be able to say that we have completely turned the financial situation around at the close of the fiscal year! Help me to do it!
I am also looking forward and getting things lined up for next year. I think that we are better prepared than ever for a great year. We are planning our outreach, retreats, classes, events, and so much more for next year. I was trying to figure out why I feel so much better about these preparations than last year. It's because my assistant back in Nashville has not just had a baby this year, as she had last year. Even I tried to leave her alone for a while last year. But I can definitely say that when Kristi is available to assist my work, my life is better! Especially when I am across the ocean from my office!
And Rome ... well, I am having a good time showing it to the seminarians. I did get better acquainted with the city last year so it's easy to do. Of course, it is wonderful to be here. More about that later.