Last week was a much busier than normal week for us. I kept telling myself: pause, savor, remember; this is really the living you want to be doing, and savoring, and remembering. We had friends stay with us this weekend, and it was wonderful. She actually grew up with Joel, but during college became one of my dearest friends and roommates. Her husband and she lived in the same town as Joel and I when we were all newlyweds. Now, none of us live in the same town, but she walked through the door and it was as if time had stood still.
For these moments:
- picnics on the front lawn
- wrestling in the leaves
- warm enough in November to be out there for hours
- quiet moments in the house while dad has the older two girls out
- the quilting that got done during that time
- which led to the time to relish ones own thoughts
- and noticing after a while they turn into just the sound of the machine
- a weeknight dinner with college friends visiting from England
- talks with people who know you inside and out and
- love you more for all they know about you
- and still want to know you more
- watching our kids play together
We have a very short week at home before we go and celebrate Thanksgiving. May this week we embrace the blessings around us and fill us and sustain us. May we be faithful to the work you have laid before us. May we know all is grace.
For these moments, these pauses, the grace of God in the moment, I am so thankful.