On paper, yesterday looked like one of those stressfully full days that would cause everyone to be crabby and edgy. But surprisingly, it wasn’t.
I got up really early (maybe that’s the key??), “journaled,” and baked pumpkin muffins for breakfast. About the exact time they were done, three little neighbor girls showed up on our front stoop to play so they joined us for an impromptu fall breakfast party. I served them breakfast and lit a fall candle on the table. I made a point to mind-freeze that quiet moment of girlfriends at the table and fall scents and spontaneity as Elizabeth Mitchell radio crowed in the background. Its one of the things about living right here that I’m thankful for: the relationships my kids have made…well, and me too. There’s neighborhood kids and then there’s our neighborhood. When everyone’s house is connected, it brings on a whole new aspect of neighborhood…it can be good and bad, but yesterday I made an direct point to pause and be thankful.
Jarrod tootled around with his honey-do list, spraying bug repellant (what is UP with these stink bugs this year!?!), sweeping the garage, and dealing with the garage garbage can with a summer’s worth of sticky melted icey pop in the bottom. I love a busy man on a Saturday. Acts of service is my love language.
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Most of the afternoon was full of Octoberfest at a family friend’s house that the kids met through Scouts. It was a huge party. It made me miss entertaining at our old house. I loved backyard parties there like this one and that one. They served all German food and even their own beer they’d made. We talked about how much different things would feel right now if we hadn’t thought that Asheville was just temporary from the get-go. If we had bought a house right away, if we had really engaged right away….but all that was implied to us was to not get comfortable here. So we didn’t. Moving rule #101 that we would not ignore again.
We came home, we got pretty, we went to dinner. We love the Biltmore Estate. So many great restaurants and the ambiance is perfect. Of all things though, a flipping mouse ran across the sidewalk right in front of us as we walked to the restaurant. I can never escape.
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We ate and talked. I wanted to talk about deep things…future things, but it never really went there. And that’s ok. We laughed and told old stories. And came home tired. But satisfied.
This season is not easy but it is also not boring…and who wants to be boring? We fully recognize that we are so blessed in this chaotic season.
Thankful for today:
1. baby noises
2. nights out alone
3. old stories
4. a full day of fun and productivity
5. a slow day planned today: a Parkway drive and school planning and extra cups of coffee
6. friends that love me through my seasons…dark and light
7. a man with a list
8. a clean garage
9. handwritten anniversary cards that put Hallmark to shame
10. encouragement on this writing journey I’m on
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