This past weekend was shortened for me. I worked all day Saturday, which left just Sunday free for rest/activities. And yet, it was one of those magical days that even though every bit was enjoyable, it seemed to stretch on and on.
We had church in the morning and then shortly after, I met a friend for coffee, where we had the hardest and best kind of talks about the good and the hard, the broken and the redeemed. Where we talked about spiritual realities and God at work in our lives and hearts (because He is always, always working).
Later that afternoon, Nicholas and I headed downtown because he had a haircut appointment. While he visited the barber, I read and wrote at the coffee shop a block away. We had an impromptu date with tacos (as one does on date night), a quick trip home to change, and then (at his suggestion), we went to the park to toss a frisbee and go for a walk.
It was the kind of day that was the perfect blend of rest and activity. A full day, yes, but my heart was even fuller and more thankful:
in the M O R N I N G
for feeling wide awake and ready to start the day without snoozing the alarm
for aeropress coffee
for a sermon that was convicting and encouraging
for hugs at church
in the A F T E R N O O N
for roasted & seasoned potatoes at lunchtime
for traffic that gave us a few more minutes to talk
for (ever more) pictures of coffee and knitting
in the E V E N I N G
for chips and queso and for lemon in my water
for a conversation about how sunglasses fit our heads differently
for blue skies and warn air and cool breezes
for sharing a water bottle with him
for hand holding
for freshly-washed chacos, set on the porch to dry
for a husband who is so much fun
for this season of life, even when I struggle with contentment
for days like these, where contentment is my first response
I'm thankful that these days are the days of now.
P.S.—You may have noticed that things look a little different around here! Nicholas has recently been updating and refreshing the blog with several changes. Content will be the same, but navigation should be a bit more straightforward :)
Starting sometime in the fall, I made a point to be a bit more creative and find new to us trails to hike on and explore. Since then, we have found several new favorites for when we are in the mood for a hike, regardless of the season.
2022: A year in review
Welcome to my annual post of our life in the last year – a review of all the big and little events, travels, habits, heartbreaks, and joys. These posts require a lot of time and energy, in part due to sifting through all the posts I wrote in the last year, but also because these posts spur me to reflect and sit with the previous year for a moment, before stepping into the next one.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.