Sunday, November 30, 2014

Simple Birthdays

It seems easy to let commercialism rule your life. It's the natural way of things. Excess excess. Bigger, better. Flashy, showy. Where did you go? What did you do? What did you get?

But giving in to commercialism comes at a cost to allowing simplicity to flower and blossom.

Simplicity let's one gift mean something.

It lets ordinary cake be special.

It lets your everyday blessings be appreciated.

So I'm letting simplicity rule birthdays. Here I have found the sun shining, and gratitude over-flowing in simplicity. "Special" is something you have power over everyday. It doesn't have to be contained within theme parks, grandiose gifts, or over indulgence. Happy days are not "perfect" days, but days where you thanked God for the blessings in your life, and stood in awe of the gift of life.

And what a beautiful life it is, be it simple or grand.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Goings On

Somebody had a birthday!

Two somebodys, actually

Halloween cookie decorating party

SOMEbody had a midnight escapade with the hot chocolate. Delaney smelled really chocolate-y when she climbed into our bed in the middle of the night, for some reason. When we woke up we found out why.

My other brother Derek got engaged! Getting married Jan. 3rd. Yes, that's 4 days after my brother Dillon.

Skyping Mom & Dad in Panama

Getting married next month

Turning 22

Monday, November 17, 2014

What I Come Home To

I've been full of gratitude these last few weeks.

School has been a heavy load for me lately, as it should be as we get closer and closer to the end of the semester. But you know what I get to do between classes? I bake muffins. I sew stockings. I play with kids. I cuddle babies. I sit outside. I walk to the library.

I come home to joy. I can embrace fulfillment every time I walk in my front door. I feel so lucky. I feel fortunate. I feel incredibly blessed. School does not consume me like it does for so many of my peers. It can't, it's not my only responsibility.

I love school. I am learning so much. I am tired, but I've got so much more to think about. There's so much to do in this life. There are so many needs we have the power to fulfill that I hadn't before considered.

I can feel God change me. He makes us equal to our tasks, if we are willing to serve Him. I'm not perfect, but I have plenty to be grateful for.