As I have been working on my own balance this year, I have thought back through the past 8 years of my life looking for times of balance and times of chaos. I noticed that my kids have been right when they’ve accused us of moving A LOT- there have been some ups and downs and A LOT of transitions.
I have been pleading in prayer for a 10 year HOME, somewhere my grown kids will feel like they belong because of the memories, the friends, the familiarity- but for some reason this has just not seemed to be in our cards. For the past three years, we have been in a state of prepared for the NEXT move…
I complained one night to my husband and said “I will be so upset if THIS is our 10 year home and it is being given to me in 9 month increments.” At first, I said it out of exasperation, and then I thought more about those little 9 month increments and I realized that life can be lived in one place our whole lives or moving from place to place- but time still passes ONE DAY AT A TIME!
I noticed that with each move and transition, I have changed just a little bit- and some times A LOT a bit!
We lived in Minnesota for 9 years and, following nothing more than a spiritual prompting, we decided to relocate to California. That one decision seems to have completely re-shaped my family and myself. I started pondering if I had shied away from who God really wants me to be because of all of the transitions we’ve taken- would I be the same person I am today had the simple and seemingly life changing decision to leave Minnesota been different?
For 9 years we lived somewhere that we loved-
Our beautiful home in small town MN
surrounded by kind people, great friends, awesome experiences!
|Pig Roast in a garage- classic MN entertaining venue|
I loved to decorate, craft, scrapbook, sew
|Ten years of Ornament Exchange ornamentation- my favorite tradition EVER!!|
and mostly I loved to host…
|Andover Ward Ten Year Anniversary|
ANYTHING and EVERYTHING-
I loved to find a reason to have a bunch of people together laughing and having a good time!
|6th Annual 4th of July Bike Parade|
We had a lot of space,
|Human Foosball at our ‘Nothing Like a Good Friend Party’|
a lot of flexibility
|Ice Hockey on our Front Yard Pond|
and it was simply what I LOVED to do…
|Every good Bike Parade ends with a game of Water Baseball|
And then we moved…
No one knew me, which meant no one knew what I did in my spare time or what talents or skills I had or didn’t have and I found that I became a different version of ME!
|We became Beach Bumms to the MAX|
To be honest, I liked this version of me quite a bit too…
weekends at the beach,
|Muscle Beach… always a FAV|
|Any Day is a Beach Day|
lunch with friends, shopping in the city-
my husband has teased that I was on a 3 year play date
And because I felt like a blank slate, I incorporated some things into my life that I hadn’t taken enough time for before-
|Yoga moved from an exercise routine to a way of life|
Over time, I started to add some of the old me back into my life and things were really starting to click that this could be my new HOME- my 10 year home!
|Pasta Parties before a Swim Meet|
|Kids in the Kitchen cooking classes|
AND THEN WE MOVED AGAIN!
I took me a little longer to adjust to this CLEAN SLATE- and I realized that I was holding back for some reason. As I pondered on this thought for a little bit, I envisioned a beautiful flower-
in the middle of a large meadow. Though the flower was alone among all the green foliage, it was blossoming in it’s full glory- big, colorful and full of God’s splendor.
I realized that not for one moment did that flower hesitate to bloom when it was ready-
never once did it question how long it would be able to sustain that blossom nor did it ask how many people would get to see it’s beauty-
The flower blossomed because it was time, it blossomed when IT was ready to bloom- It blossomed because that is what it was created to do- to reach it’s full potential, to magnify the FULL measure of its creation.
This life is a wonderful journey-
similar to a walk in a park with little kids!
Some days we might walk and they gather rocks, sticks, and leaves…
And sometimes they don’t gather anything at all- they just enjoy running and jumping and skipping-
It doesn’t mean one day is better than the other, it just means we took a different walk!
In life, there are some treasures that are simply fun and games,
|It’s not what you do, but who you do it with that really matters|
some we outgrow or leave behind
|These treasures moved on to their own bigger and better…|
and some are precious enough to display…
|Some people come into your life long enough to make a forever imprint on your heart|
And some our ours to keep…
|I just need to remember that we have gathered some amazing treasures over the years|
Enjoy your day, Enjoy where you are right now-
And never let a single day pass by without living up to the full potential of THAT DAY!