Friday, August 28, 2009

Reflections on Life

Last night Mike and I went to a county fair in our area with one of our friends to see Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley in concert (which was awesome, by the way!). Perhaps it was the hormones mixed with country music, but while we were sitting there in the stands I started thinking about how amazing life can be.

I can truly say that I love my life. I have the most amazing husband whom I love more than life itself. I have a beautiful home that I've worked so very hard to own. I'm so entirely blessed to be expecting a daughter that I thought I may never have and I've got the sweetest, most loving dog in the world that brightens every single one of my days. Through the ups and downs I've experienced over the past few years, I've been able to emerge stronger with the mindset that the view from where I sit is actually pretty phenomenal, despite any setbacks I may face. It's sometimes hard to see this beauty through the fog of the everyday, of the hard times, so I felt drawn to including a post like this in my blog to help ground me the next time I fail to realize my many blessings.

My mom fowarded me an email this morning that I thought very fitting for today. It reads, "One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more. No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more 'just one minute.' Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, say 'I love you.' So while we have it, it's best we love it and care for it and fix it when it's broken....and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage and old cars and children with bad report cards and dogs with bad hips and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. '

I couldn't help but send Mike a quick email at work after reading this to tell him I love him. I also found myself saying a short prayer thanking God for all the good people/experiences in my life that he's surrounded me with. I'll certainly admit that I don't do this often enough.

To everyone following my blog, have a great weekend and don't forget to spend some time enjoying the little things in life.