Curveballs. Life has thrown quite a few at our family this year but we are blessed.
Life has been full. Summer camp for Rebecca, swimming and play dates for Emily, water park time for Samantha, and lots of baseball fun for Ben.
Ben’s baseball team won the 10 & Under State Championships and we are preparing to travel to California this weekend for a week long tournament. Ben plays first base and is a left handed pitcher. Ben is super excited for the tournament festivities, beach time, and hotel fun with his teammates. Jeff and I are taking Ben so it will be the first time with just the three of us. We are looking forward to loving on him and giving him some undivided attention.
When we return from California the kids will start school, we will pack up our home, and move all within a 2 to 4 week period. We didn’t realize that all of this would be happening all at once as that was definitely not part of our original plan. But do original plans ever work out? Mine don’t seem to happen like that typically.
I’ve missed you and this blog as I enjoy sharing our family stories and expressing my gratitude for the very air that I breathe. But I’ve really been listening to God’s voice telling me to sit and be still. Sit in that uncomfortable place of not knowing the details. I’m realizing that everything is going to be great even though I have no idea where I will be making dinner six weeks from now. As a planner and as a mom of 4 that seems to be rattling my nerves at times. I’m intentionally looking at it with more excitement than fear though.
I could tell that I was getting stressed over not blogging and hosting my link ups. I told Jeff that with all of life’s curve balls that I was unsure if I was going to complete my 39 list by my birthday in November. Jeff was sitting on the couch chewing on sunflower seeds, spit one into his cup, and in his normal calm demeanor he said, “Who cares?” You’ve already done double the number of things on your 39 list than you did from your entire life list in the six years after cancer. No one will remember if you don’t finish that list until your 39 and a half. Use that crazy writing tablet and just change it to 3 things by the time you are 39 and then you will have already completed it! Remember that the important thing is that you are living. Don’t lose sight of that, as that is what you are teaching me and the kids.”
He followed it up with, “Jenny, you have made great, genuine friends over the internet. Those relationships will continue despite taking a breather from posting 3.5 times a week and having link up posts.” Yes.
So I’m going to be pretty quiet over the next month as I want as much margin in my life as possible with all the upcoming changes: 1st day of High School for Rebecca, 4th and 5th grades for Emily and Ben, saying goodbye to our home of 9 years, and hello to a new home and neighbors. With all of these new changes I want to savor each and every quiet moment allowed. Even if there are only a couple of them.
So please know that I look forward to reconnecting with everyone more as the moving dust settles. I’m thankful for you reading this blog and for the love and friendship that you have extended to me this past year.
Lots of project life layouts, cupcakes, and other list items have been completed and just need to be written about. Looking forward to sharing them with you soon.
Blessings sweet friends – JennyTweet