Maybe all it takes is a phone call letting you know a high school friend’s two-year-old baby has just been diagnosed with leukemia. Maybe it just takes the neighbor boy whose been left alone for the day while his mama’s at work knocking on your door at 8am to play. Maybe it’s the little boy at Target wearing his bald little head like a name tag saying, “Hi, My Name is….Sick Boy.”
Maybe that’s all it takes to look at your life and want to scream from the mountaintops praises to Jesus for healthy kids, the best job ever, and a husband that treats you like a queen. Whatever it is, I have a full heart today…a grateful heart. Not a naive heart that thinks the worst couldn’t or wouldn’t happen to me, but a grateful-for-this-season-of-peace heart. A God-You-have-blessed-me-so-much heart. We all have our seasons, we all have our turns for grief and heartache. Sometimes it takes the reminder of someone else’s tough season to realize that if our biggest “problem” is our camera being in the shop for three weeks, we’re doing pretty darn good.
So today, I’m praising Jesus in the mountaintop season, storing up for the more valley season. Happy for these things:
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1. Summertime and all it’s Vitamin-D, Banana Boat oil glory.
I love all the seasons. I love the changes that they bring. But I’m a summer baby and thrive off the summertime. Flip flops and tanning lotion are the best combo ever. Throw in a bomb pop and you’re golden for three whole months! It’s really amazing.
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2. A banker man with a heart of integrity and some kick a** talent.
The Mister and I took a giant leap of faith moving to North Carolina. The city was unfamiliar, the state was like a foreign country, the job even was a new gig. He’s in banking, but his current job was not something he’d done in the past. After eight months on the job, Banker Man has been ranked number one in both Carolinas in his position and even number 10 or something crazy in the whole Eastern U.S. (These stats change like every day, but really…I’m pretty proud. Dude didn’t even tell me his rankings either…I had to have a convo with this boss man to learn these things.) I don’t give you many shout-outs, my love, I prefer to tell them to your sweet face, but this is my public proclamation of proudness to you 🙂 xoxo.
3. Lazy days.
Sometimes even with a list, you’re just not feeling it, but you still feel guilty for not feeling it…does that make any sense? Wednesday, I did nothing. Nothing. I called my mom, shared with her my list of things to do/organize/check off and my lack of motivation for doing any of those things. Her response was to go to Target and blow off the list completely. Well gee, isn’t that a great idea. So we did.
Coming back home from Target I started feeling like I should actually do something with my life that day, naming off my tasks to my kids, asking them which one they thought I should do. Sophia’s response? “Just don’t do any of that stuff. Just read a magazine and drink coffee.” Well…can’t argue with that one either.
So I did nothing. Lazy day.
4. A fool proof house with no strings attached.
When we moved here, choosing to rent first was definitely the right decision. I knew that. But I still had a hard time going from a great old house with my own yard to sharing walls and ceilings and white carpet. Since our first townhouse, we’ve since moved to an identical one (except with way more character, windows, etc.). These last few months I’ve really felt the benefit of this shared type living. No lawn work, call the landlord when the fridge is acting up, no projects taking up a week at a time. I’m really digging this laid back time right now.
There are moments when I really miss a house, but for right now I’m content where I am.
I like that feeling.
5. The pool. The pool. The pool.
6. A rescued camera.
That’s right. She’s coming home today.
8. Hope in the unknown.