back during the photo session frenzy, also known as fall 2015, i had delusions of reflection, relaxation & netflix binging for the first week of january. well yesterday around 12:45 i about came undone. none of that was going down, my inbox was needing my attention, phone calls needed to be returned ( not my favorite thing) and the vet had just called with discouraging news about duke. that’ll have to be another blog post. while i am efficient when my calendar is full, my homebody extraverted self craves down time, a cleaned out inbox & tacos. let me clarify. reflection, relaxation, netflix binging all while wearing the comfiest softest clothes i can find, sipping a vanilla latte & listening to lauren daigle, david crowder & holly williams, often times loudly, usually followed by eating out with my loves.
part of my almost coming undone status could have been avoided but honestly days like that are just part of life for all of us. part of life when we’re raising up a bunch of kids. part of life when we work multiple jobs. part of life when there’s sickness and visits to specialists because our bodies are not always healthy. part of life when we run our own business. you get what i’m saying? days that threaten to take us out are just part of life.
i chopped veggies at 12:46 and thought, there will probably never be a day when life & it is just all caught up. all the emails answered. the laundry basket is empty. the baseboards are free of grime and the checkbook is balanced. ( millennials don’t do that. you know that right?) all the kids are feeling poured into & registered for whatever.
but here’s what i’m thinking.
today is a gift. all of it. sometimes disguised under a load of doctor appointments followed by sweet conversation with a college kid soon to head back to school because i have a family. sometimes disguised behind a morning spent working on taxes because i have a job. sometimes wrapped up sweetly with beautiful music about jesus because i have a savior.
this year, just as dan encouraged our family on christmas morning, our family has big things ahead. exciting things ahead. some will be hard, heck a lot will probably be hard. my plate is full. i have started a little part time job. i’m working monday & friday mornings at Sugarboo & Co down at ponce city market and i am pumped! my photography business is off to the busiest start i’ve ever had in the month of january. my passion to represent & be a voice for the oppressed through Noonday Collection continues for my 5th year…but above all that…my day & how i love on, serve, bless, encourage, handle all the misunderstandings, raise up teens, prepare young adults to leave the nest, & love on my man comes first.
so this day, is a gift. yeah it is. and how i chose to use it, unplug it, crank it up, spend it, is my gift to my savior & my family…and hopefully a reflection of christ in me to you.
my hopes for this little blog is that it is an encouragement to you, a place where you see genuineness & hope…always hope in christ!
happy new year friends. we may be stumbling into 2016, still trying to catch our breath & get it going, but we’re here. whether you have a word of the year or not, it’s here ~
today is a gift for you & for now. right now! not the bruised up “i blew it” past, not the “well what about tomorrow”. right now. go open your gift my friend!!