Turning 40 this week, didn’t just start a new year, but a decade! I took a moment to ponder the 10 years I just finished and realized I owed some gratitude toward my 30’s (I know the real gratitude is for God). My thirties brought my long awaited kiddos. I grew more into the woman I am in those ten years and I didn’t want to let those go by without taking a moment to look back with gratitude.
This birthday was amazing. I got so much love over the course of three days it was overwhelming. Sometimes I think we all forget just how loved we are! Maybe that means we also need to let those around us know we love them, because I think we spend far too much time on the negative than the encouragement.
The next day switched gears quick! This is my parents’ last week here. My dad’s last day of work as our pastor and my boss is September 30th. He and my stepmom then drive down to Los Angeles Monday. I fortunately get to see them for a few days at Disney before they fly to Israel for the month of October, but its a bit of emotional whiplash if I’m being honest.
I know I am beyond blessed to still have my parents (all three of them) and Ohio and Texas aren’t as far as heaven, so thank you Jesus for that!
This week has also had a unique gift in it - my dad and step mom’s birthday gift was a visit from my mom so that she could be here for my birthday and it was great to have all three parents together for my 40th.
All of this just means that this week is not typical, and quite frankly I am a mess. Tuesday, I wore make-up then began to work on the farewell slideshow for my parents and lets just say I figured out this is a no-makeup week. Tears they just keep coming. My favorite is when they come in public or in front of people I don’t know (I hope you can read sarcasm).
So this week I don’t have much for you except to say that life happens and we must be present. I literally have ALL the feels this week. I may blubber like I’ve just binged watched, “This Is Us,” but I promise I am okay. I will be okay, I just figure living in the moment means allowing yourself to go there.
Please be present in your lives no matter what is going on. Sometimes we get as much from the everyday as we do from the monumentous moments.
We only get one shot at it! So go big because one day you are going home. Heaven is my home so for now, I am doing life here and trying to give it my all.
Happy Wednesday folks!