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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fun in the Sun!

It’s been a while since I last posted. My wonderful wife has been sweet and took over for me for a while there as I’ve been busy at work the last two months. But now I’m back and I have a story to share. Two, actually, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the other one.

Last week was very cold here in western Virginia. Highs were in the 20’s and low 30’s and the lows were in the teens. One day last week the wind-chill factor was zero degrees Fahrenheit. For us, that’s abnormally cold. Then on Monday the temperature jumps into the 70’s! I came home from work for lunch to eat with my family (as I do everyday) and the children were playing in the yard with t-shirts having a ball. Cami was playing catch with them and keeping them out of too much mischief and everyone was happy. It looked like Spring had arrived early. We quickly ate lunch then went right back outside. Cami and I grabbed our porch chairs and a book and sat outside reading while the children continued to play in the yard. Every couple of minutes we would look up and watch our boys digging, breaking things, and playing with sticks and smile. It was perhaps the best lunch break that I have had in months. I love moments like those, where all the world seems to slow down and I can just enjoy spending time with those that I love most. Everyone was happy and for a moment we didn’t have a care in the world.

Our lives should be filled with more moments like these because they are what make all of the trials and struggles in life and marriage worth it. When was the last time you had one of those moments with your spouse and children? If it’s been a while, and even if it hasn’t, try to slow down and just enjoy being with them. I promise that you will be glad you did.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Oh the Weather Outside

It snowed here yesterday.  It usually only snows once or twice a year in our area, at least enough to stick.  Our little boys were SO excited and our oldest, Josh, started yelling "I knew it!  I knew it!  I prayed for this for so long!"  It was precious.  The snow doesn't last long, because it usually melts the next day, like it is today.  It is so refreshing having the sun shining again after so many cold rainy then snowy days.  We have a few lilac bushes with hundreds of little branches that right now are coated with dripping ice and snow, sparkling in the sunshine.  It just seems perfect.  I can't think of a more perfect look for our yard.  And yet, yesterday with the snow falling in big fluffy flakes, it looked perfect too.  Or the day before that, drenched in rain with the little boys digging in the mud next to it.  Or the sunny days of spring time with little leaf buds all over the bushes.  It always looks wonderful.

That is how marriage and anything in life can be with the right perspective.  Every day is different.  And every day is beautiful in its own way.  I am thankful that every day is different so I can notice the different beauties.  And I am so thankful for the man I am married to that makes everyday so special.

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