I think that happens so much in life…we think when such-and-such happens then we will be happy. But man alive, the present is such a present! That’s one of the reasons I chose “present” as my “one word” a few years ago (back HERE). I want to “be there” and not somewhere else.
Long introduction but hey, just to say that I want to record the present as it’s happening and sometimes I get carried away talking about what happened a few weeks ago. So I like doing these “thoughts” posts every now and again to remember what’s happening right now, today.
So before I finish recording our Christmas adventure let’s get back to the present for a minute.
Because life is spilling out over here I tell you! After some adventures for a few days in the Galapagos to finish off Ecuador (which I’ll get to soon), we took our red-eye flight from Quito to Houston en route home, and that’s where we had to split up with Dave who had to head from there directly to China for some work stuff. And from there he went directly to Canada (that part was for fun…he was meeting up with friends to ski up there…it had been planned for a long time and just so happened to coincide with those other travels). And it turns out that he got sick as could be and had to drive himself to the emergency room at 4:00 in the morning and spend the day there instead of skiing. Poor guy.
So, what in Heaven’s name does that have to do with all that “present” talk above?
Well, it helps because that all that background makes me more grateful than ever for the “present.”
Dave has been in bed ever since he got home on Sunday…we took another trip to urgent care yesterday and finally today he is able to keep things down and I think he’s finally officially on the mend. But this whole thing has made me more grateful than ever for him. And that he’s my partner in life. That he’s willing to go on adventures with me. That he gets the gospel and how we live it in the same way I do. That I can talk to him about anything and everything. Man I’ve missed that as he’s been gone and then too delirious to even put together a normal sentence. As I was working out this morning I just kept smiling thinking about him for some reason. Maybe because sometimes he comes with me to work out, or maybe because I just miss him, but I’m the luckiest that he’s mine.
So grateful he got at least one day of skiing in before he checked himself into the hospital!
I’ve also had a renewed appreciation for my girls. Man alive, I never would have guessed I’d have so many of them, and I’m just so so grateful. They have stepped up to the task helping out so much. Grace especially, I have no idea what I would do without her running carpools, errands, helping to prepare meals, she is a gem of a girl and doesn’t complain and I’m just so grateful for her!
We heard so much about The Greatest Showman so we made a point of situating carpools and life in such a way that we could get to the theater to see it that one day we had with Elle before she left to return to Hawaii.
Just look at that picture of all those girls. Sometimes I am just overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to be their mother.
With Dave not around I have held them closer than usual and had them all to myself and sometimes I just marvel at them. Sure, they have their issues. Grace had to have her phone taken away twice this week (she had it in her room) and the moodiness swirling around here often drives me bonkers, but man I love them.
I got to take Grace out on a special date while Claire and Lu had their own special date at home (with some friends) and sometimes, in a life that can get overrun with “stuff” there is just something so velvety good about having time one-on-one.
I’m also thankful for our dog. Is that just crazy? She is [finally!…after a lot of work] so good and obedient and she makes these girls so happy.
We took her to a place to try to get all her crazy matting out of her hair (it was awful) and this lady was able to do it! (We didn’t want her to be all shaved when Max got home so we were extra excited about that:)
Grace was the one who picked her up and sent me this:
Which I had a good laugh over.
So grateful for cousins who we got to gather with on Sunday and have an early celebration for Claire’s birthday.
Yes, the present is a present if we remember to look at it that way. And I’m off to enjoy it even more by taking Claire out to lunch…and getting my invalid husband another piece of toast and some Gatorade:)