Hi and Happy Thursday! Hope you are having a great day. Here is a photo of Ian at almost 3 years old. He was standing on the lifeguard stand and watching the sun set into the ocean. He was extremely happy and having a great time at Mission Beach in California.
This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of him. I love the total glee and happiness that he is expressing. I love how much he seems to be loving life. And I love this smile and this boy. This photo was lightened so his facial expression was visible.
He has always been a happy child and fun to be around. He has moments of being grouchy or difficult when he is overly tired, hungry, doesn’t want to do something or is sick. But for the most part, he is content, has plenty to do, and lives in the moment. He has taught me to do that. He has also taught me to make the most of each day,
While looking at this photo, I wondered when was the last time that I was this happy? When did I throw away all of my worries and cares and just be gleeful? I have laughed recently with family members and friends. I have cracked up at a funny memory or cartoon with Ian or a favorite comedy with Kirk. But I also have cried over family and friends who are sick, the loss of a loved one, and the terrible things on the news.
I have always loved watching the news and reading newspapers since that has been a life-long passion and vocation for me. However, more and more it has been hard to tune in without becoming emotional during the broadcast or angry. I continue to be amazed at what people do to one another. And, trying to explain that to Ian can be a challenge.
This summer we have been making time for fun and to be in the moment. We have had time for swimming, watching funny movies, lazy days, ice cream treats, games, library books, walks, and many other fun things. So far it has been great and a real treasure. As bad things happen, we talk about them and pray about them as well.
Today I am thankful for:
- My hubby who I am sharing this life journey with
- Our son who I love beyond measure
- Amazing friendships
- My wonderful family
- Prayer support from our church, family, and friends
- Ian’s friends
- Lego builds
- Play time
- Playing games
- Books and the ability to read
- Creativity and making up stories
- No alarm clocks in the morning
I wonder if I can live in the moment as much as possible with Ian, Kirk, and our family and friends. I am doing my best to do just that.