“To have courage whatever comes in life. . . everything lies in that.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
Here’s the honest thing: I don’t know much. I don’t know why someone’s heart beats in her father’s chest. I don’t know why after two years this one continues to heal. I don’t know why we continue to celebrate the years and life’s changing times.
I do know this: We are not strong because of ourselves. We do not have courage because we are brave. We do not do anything alone. I still can’t say one is good without feeling gratitude from my core and saying the other. . .
Thank you, Jesus. We are changed forever.
29.) Celebrating two years and 27 days
30.) hot tea in special cups by the fire
31.) little snippets of their days
32.) the younger sister helping her older sister study
33.) conversations with my oldest
34.) brisk air
35.) texts from sweet friends
36.) he can fix anything
37.) drop in visits
38.) walks through the woods
40.) joyful voices from newlyweds
Morning light shines through kitchen window and I love it. I scan for something to photograph before light shifts and my eye catches last night’s teacup.
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Albert Einstein
I see this quote and remember it from Emory walls.
Today it reminds me of my Girl who Loves Music off Marching for Life with that Man with the Big Laugh, youth they love so much and countless others who care so much.
I’m proud of my girl & that Man with the Big Laugh.
21.) fun snowfall in the Carolinas this week
22.) warm days to melt that snow away
23.) nephew Marching on this year too
24.) early bedtime
25.) lightness and joy in Charming’s voice
26.) walk through the woods with my youngest
27.) warm house
28.) beautiful light that sets my heart to beating
“If I get married, I want to be very married.”
– Audrey Hepburn
It’s been one week now since this beautiful free-spirited Artist married our Charming.
We saw them last night and even though dinner was terrible – we couldn’t have enjoyed it all more.
While he and the Fisherman worked on their car in our garage, she shared with excitement the week of wonderful first: figuring out all new things together, how “they are getting their new home very clean and organized“, changing her last name on Facebook, how Charming didn’t think of tools and that old oven doesn’t work. . . and then with more love in her voice – about their first married day with a celebratory steak dinner on the floor in their new living room . . . and she made it all sound so glorious. . . because it was.
1000 Gifts 2018
11.) very bad dinner with those two last night
12.) happy phone call from the philosopher
13.) soft glow from Christmas tree that will come down today. . . how I love those lights
14.) text messages filled with love out of the blue
15.) the girl who loves music making me laugh
16.) a talk with a tall baker
17.) listening to all things wonderful about their new lives
18.) looks of starvation from fat pets
19.) a most beautiful wedding to start our year
20.) tools left scattered
I hear this over and over in my head this week . . . and I smile.
We toasted to two years for our girl last night and once again we know New Year’s Eve will never be the same for us again.
We are changed forever.
1000 Gifts 2018
1.) Charming is to marry this week
2.) people in and out of my house today – no time clean – messier than ever
3.) Mass with the Fisherman
4.) conversations with a new photographer friend
5.) Philosopher home with his beauty
6.) that beauty so patient and loving
7.) conversations with a much-loved aunt
8.) vacuum running
9.) soft music playing
10.) proudly launched my photography business
Buckle your seatbelt 2018 . . . I’m coming to get you.
and I smile at the thought