today is a gift for you & for now

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!!


January 8, 2016 - 11:04 am

Julie - Just.what.I.needed.this morning! Thank you, Paige. Well put and oh, so timely. These days will become the story of my family. I want that story to be lovely and not take for granted. This day is a GIFT!

January 8, 2016 - 1:33 pm

Tiffany Day - Yes, yes and yes!!!

I am always encouraged when I visit your blog and IG!

Happy New Paige!

January 8, 2016 - 3:28 pm

Laura - Hi Paige,
I read this as I am waiting for a prescription for my mom, then clean and do laundry for a favorite visitor, then…. and then….things. So thank you friend for helping me to remember my word for the year is joy!

January 8, 2016 - 3:41 pm

Heidi Feguson - You are right Paige, today is a gift. We both know that sentiment cannot be taken lightly. However, yes, there are days when there simply are not enough hours to accomplish everything. I cannot imagine trying to mange a household of 6 – including the dog! I also cannot imagine the sweet blessings, the fun, the excitement for the future either! Sorry to hear about Duke, hopefully, it’s just about treatment for his ears and nothing too serious. Blessing to you and I’m excited for you in your new venture at Sugarboo!

January 8, 2016 - 9:16 pm

marcie - I ran into Sugarboo today because you posted about the shop 🙂 but now I am worried about Cowboy Duke Please post about him soon!!! And what an amazing engagement for Savannah. That’s like a movie scene!! So sweet!

January 9, 2016 - 2:04 am

Destiny - Paige: I’m a reader from WAY back, and should have told you this sooner; {cue my guilty gulp!} thank you for continuing to blog. I know that it is incredibly time consuming, especially in the age of IG, and that you are stretched for time, but I get so much from you, from your blogging style. You inspire and encourage! There is both truth and accountability in so many if your posts. But you do it with a stunning grace and mercy that is relatable, approachable. Even though we’ve never met, I have prayed for your family over the years as/when requested, so even though I’ve given up on reading almost all of the other blogs I used to read regularly, I just can’t quit you! And this post is a perfect example as to why. Blessings on you. Destiny

January 12, 2016 - 8:38 am

Beth - Thank you, Paige for the very relatable post. Back in July we adopted a puppy from Turkey (our first! Made me think of you), my oldest is in the season of college applications and scholarship searches, my mom is living alone and battling memory impairment and cognitive issues, the laundry is NEVER done! I find myself turning away from my normal way of doing things, which would be to try to take care of everything, and instead am spending early mornings slowing down, and asking the Lord for His guidance and help. At this point in my life, I don’t think there is any other option. Im discovering more and more that spending this time with God is imperative for my mental help and well being.. That the sense of peace and security from this time completely changes my perspective. I am starting a 7 week series at my church this Friday on discovering Christ that I am very excited about. I credit you, among others, for your continued encouragement on knowing and loving the Lord. Am so looking forward to great spiritual and personal growth in 2016!! xoxo

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