I think it’s been nearly a year (well almost but not quite) since I last wrote and what’s funny is that I have a draft sitting on my desktop about Nella’s 1st birthday back in July! The year keeps speeding up as we get older and life is filled with different events and happenings. Here we are at the end of 2015, about to get ready for 2016 with all of it’s newness and readiness. Ready to make 2016 THE year.
What 2015 has taught me was to be in the present. I feel I’m very much a planner. It might not show up in my every day life, but that I like to see things a week from now, a month, a few months from now. I like to have little milestones through the 12 months of the year so being in the present can sometimes get away from me. But now, especially having Nella, being in the present is a gift in itself.
About a month after Nella’s first birthday, we all went on our first real family vacation. I say real because the very first time we travelled as a family was when Nella was just about 4 1/2 months old and she basically slept, squirmed and chilled the entire time. This time she was 13 months old and walking and toddling and taking everything in. We ventured off to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington for a week. Tony and I had never been there before and we have always wanted to go, so right around Christmastime last year purchased Virgin Air tickets and booked our AirBnB’s for our two locations. We spent 2-3 days in Portland and the rest of the time in Seattle. It will probably go down as one of my favorite trips so far.
Everything was unfamiliar in the most beautiful of ways. Traveling with a baby toddler, trying out an AirBnb, adventuring through uncharted lands of lush greens and majestic mountains. We certainly were far, far away from Texas. And it was so wonderful. Nella did AMAZING throughout the whole trip. She did great flying and since everything we did while we were in the PNW required driving at least 2 hours she was in her car seat a lot and she was a trooper. By the end of the trip she realized she didn’t like being put in her car seat but she would suck it up and remember she loved staring out the window once we hit the pavement. The scenery was beautiful and the culture was so different. One of my greatest joys was seeing it all through Nella’s eyes. She took EVERY. SINGLE. THING. in and truly appreciated it. She was fascinated. Perplexed. Awed. It was so fun just watching her explore this big world around her.
It was a busy trip but such a good one for all of us. It truly reminded me to be in the present. Of course, we all can’t have epic trips all the time to put us in that mindset but it is really is so important to be in the present.
Psalm 118:24, ESV “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
This verse is one that I’ve heard a lot and such a ‘simple’ verse but I love it. Because it tells you exactly what we should be doing. Rejoicing for THIS day. When I stop to think about what this verse is truly saying, I realize that this specific day is one that the Lord has made. I wake up and the day as begun and it began with the Lord’s creation. HE has opened my eyes. HE has given me life. HE has given me movement. And I REJOICE.
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the weeks and moments and busyness of life that we forget to stop and be GLAD in today. Especially now that we’ve hit the holiday season, November-December just FLIES by. We had a Christmas party at the beginning of December and I was busy getting ready for it the couple hours leading up to it and the house was buzzing as people came in but there were a few moments where I stole myself away and just thanked the Lord for the people he’s put in our life and at this moment we were just rejoicing and fellowshipping and enJOYing each others’ presence.
So as we start to wrap up this year, I pray that these last few weeks and going into 2016 are filled with beautiful moments. Moments that bring you joy and celebration. Rest and Rejoice in the Lord!