So many things going on with the holidays
having family come in to be with us and then leaving immediately to go out of town to be
with our other family.
We finally pulled back into our driveway about 5pm yesterday and my how it felt good.
Not good to be away from family,
just good to be back in our bed_ taking a bath in our tub_ etc...
And I always find myself even more thankful for all of my things after being away from them
and then coming back. I know they're just "things" but I can be thankful for those "things" too.
The kids started back at it with school bright & early this morning.
I'm always torn when they start back_ hating to let them go.
I know that probably sounds silly but I sincerely like them being around and it's always a little adjustment to get back into the swing again.
Especially after all the late nights & movie watching & sleeping late...
But they were excited to go
making sure to pick out the just-right outfit and cleaning out their book sack so they started all fresh.
And oldest started back to school today carrying now with him a phone.
We held off for as long as we could but with him getting to the age of staying home alone
going over to friends
we felt like it was more of a need than anything.
As I dropped him off I felt kinda good knowing that he can text me if he needs to or for that matter
I can text him to tell him I love him.... like I did first thing after pulling off.
I can't help myself.
They are my babes and I know I probably mess up with them more times than not but I feel incredibly blessed that God put them in my care.
And I pray that we are
a life of faith
prayerfully seeking Him
not living life as a victim but a victor
and that they see that this life is so much more than just about themselves and our 4 walls.
But that they know their light can shine in places they don't even realize yet and they can be
used in a mighty way.
I'm excited for this year and what it holds for us as a family and individually.
I desire a year of growth and I'm going to be intentional with that.
When I think about only having 6-10 years left of instilling into my kids all that I can_
I want it to count
I want to give them more than I was given
And you can't give what you don't have.... or know.
So I will grow this year
seeking Him for His guidance
being available to be used
with everything flowing through us
for something far greater than we could ever imagine or do on our own strength.
PS. I'm starting the 365 day project where you take at least 1 picture a day for a year.
I hope I can keep up with it... but more than that I just hope I can remember to ;)