So our life has been a little crazy lately. The birth of our son has been the center of our attention for so long and it has turned our world upside down, but in a good way. Clark is just about to finish one of his hardest semesters yet in school and has been glued to his homework desk if he happens to be home. Between those two things we haven’t given ourselves much time to focus on anything else. 8 days after Miles was born my birthday came and went without much fanfare. Lily even cried when Clark first asked her to sing to me (she happily did so later in the day). I guess that can happen during this time of life and frankly I didn’t care. But as is tradition, I got my Baskin Robbins ice cream cake, so I was good ;). Then a week later we celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. This also came and went without the excitement one would expect for this kind of occasion. While Lily was downtown having fun with grandma, Clark and I took the baby on our fabulous date to Home Depot, Costco, and finished off the trip with a stop at Taco Bell. Terribly romantic, wouldn’t you say? We have been so busy lately it was actually nice just to have some time together to do random things.
This got me thinking. I have let stress get to me lately and hadn’t been taking the time to see how great things are. Yes, we’re both terribly busy. Yes, we have little to no time to ourselves and haven’t done anything fancy in a while. No, we didn’t go on some big getaway to celebrate, nor do we have the time or money to do so even if we wanted to. But I am so grateful for my life.
If you had asked me 10 years ago what my life would look like on my 26th birthday, I would have never in my wildest dreams imagined this is how it would be. I’m so grateful that I have been able to spend the past 6 years with my best friend. Even if things haven’t always been a fairy tale or didn’t go as smoothly as you always assume they will. I’m so grateful that we have 2 beautiful children who bring us so much extra joy in our marriage. Even if Lily does drive us crazy from time to time. I’m so grateful that even if we don’t always get out on fancy dates, we can spend a lazy Saturday all in our pj’s and have just as much fun, if not more, than we would have otherwise. I’m grateful for the comfort and security we have in our relationship and the knowledge that we are making it through some more difficult years (school, young family, no jobs…) with each other’s support.
I’m so grateful that life doesn’t always turn out as you plan, because what comes your way can be so much better!
Can’t wait to see what the next 6 years hold, though I’m pretty sure a lot of it will look like this picture below…