We were gone last week…..a little more than 500 miles from our home….on the sandy beaches of the gulf.
A much-needed week for this family who misses Daddy terribly with his 15 hour days. His days blessed with a job, but the hours away can take a toll….
I’m sitting here, trying to focus, wanting to ‘return to normal’, but wanting to remain in the laughter and joy found in a vacation. So much to share, so many moments that my mind and heart can barely grasp.
A sweet friend opened her home…letting this family of 5 in….just a year ago, we were strangers…now, I call her friend. Another friend, whose schedule is so busy….slipped away and met us with hers. Our husbands chatting, boys/girls laughing over tacos, pizza and cup cakes.
The little guy really enjoyed the cup cakes.
I miss it. The freedom of the moments…the ability to step away and focus non-stop on the joy and laughter of my friends and family.
I’m blessed to not have laundry piled up…that we packed less than we needed and the ‘to do list’ will not keep us from the park……whatever needs to be done, it can wait.
The smiles and laughter…will grow too soon….and this Mama heart will be left with memories and pictures…yet…I know those days will have a beauty of their own.
We’ll spend the next few days shifting through our shells (no need in going to this beautiful area for the shells…I think we brought all of them home)….we’ll renew our memories by looking at our pictures, I’ll edit and share a few through the weeks/months go come….and we will cherish these memories
and make new ones
Remembering…that there is nothing more important than these sweet hearts that deserve one-on-one time with Mommy and Daddy. Time to help grow their hearts for the one who created them….
Don’t miss these moments….focus on the goal and purpose of each heart…to glorify the God of this universe who loved us so much that he surrounded us with beauty…HERE and NOW….even in what we might consider the mundane…that laundry pile, the dishes, the never-ending food to be prepared.
5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,a 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant,b being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:5-11)
My Pastor read those verses yesterday….and I sat so filled with joy and gratitude….because I found so much freedom in these verses, freedom I had not seen or read before…
1251. Jesus did not try to grasp being equal with God – I don’t either…..I just have to accept HIM!
1252. Jesus died on the cross….oh, the beauty that I do not have to do that…..for my sins and the sins of others…He did this, while being PURE!
1253. The late nights/early mornings….are simple compared to that cross.
1254. There is beauty all around us in nature….in a world that can be cold. Our children are included in that beauty….
1255. I get giddy when I consider all knees bowing
1256. I’ve been blessed with the HONOR of raising these children….they are a blessing – and I’m grabbing hold with both hands, and asking yo to come along and enjoy this journey….the good and the….difficult….
Has a recent vacation helped you find the beauty in the mundane?
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