May was a month that I anticipated a flurry of activities as we finished our year and then rest, down time and peace. It turned out to be much different. I'm glad that I can't see ahead to the future. God gives us grace and strength in the moments that we need it. Not ahead of time. And not in anticipation of our challenges.
The month started smoothly enough with lots of "end of the year" activities - the flurry of things I had expected. Things that were planned. Endings. I'm thankful for time with friends. Time that is sweet whether it is scheduled or not.
I wasn't sure if this would work for Eliana, but she has loved earning the badges. She was always quite delighted when her name was called and she was able to go stand on the stage.
Signing Savvy ) Eliana worked hard each week to memorize her verses using sign language and often saying them while signing. :-) At the end of the year, I was asked if I would mind if they gave Eliana a special award. I thought she would love it - you know, one more time to get up on the stage.
I was surprised when she was a little embarrassed by this. Can you see her hand covering her face? LOL
Even as life gets busy, whether it is a good busy or a stressful busy, its good to take time to celebrate. To let people know that they are special. To encourage each other.
Its always good to remember God's blessings and His gifts. When life is peaceful and sweet and then especially when times get hard. Joe (Christopher's roommate) has been a blessing to our whole family. (As has his whole family!) I still marvel at God's hand in bringing these two young men together as roommates and our families together as friends. It was an expected gift and one for which I give thanks. It reminds me of His hand in the details of my life.
Its good to take time to relax and play - even when life is swirling about you and the future looks uncertain. Maybe its even more important then, I'm not sure. I know that I'll never look back and regret the time that I've spent with my family. I don't want to live with regrets, but with purpose and joy. Making the most of the moments as that is what life is made of ... moments.
Camping in the backyard. I love that we can do this.
Life is a race. There are times when we run alone.
So, while my May wasn't all that I expected, it still has many sweet moments. Memories that make me smile - from Awana to camping to field events with our FIAR group. All sweet times with people that I love.
And some of the people that I love most treated me like a queen on one fun day in May too.
with a grateful heart,