Last night as I was falling asleep I heard the sound of the owl outside my bedroom window and I knew all was ‘right’ in my little corner of the world.
My world had been truly blessed the first two days of this past week with family coming for family dinner and to spend time visiting in our home. My cousin even stayed the night. It was so good to see everyone. And, we felt such joy being able to host this dinner.
As the week went on my thoughts changed and my focus began to center on the reality that life is too short. Way too short! I started reminiscing about Sunday and Monday and realized that I didn’t get much visiting time in with my Texas family. I may not have ever come to this thought except on Tuesday, as the world knows, tragedy struck our country. My heart was broken for families and children I didn’t know. It felt like the heart of the whole country was broken. Lives were extinguished because of the rage within one individual.
It was in that moment that I realized life is not only way too short, but life is hard, and life hurts sometimes…..So, when we find those moments, hours, and sometimes days of joy; we must embrace them. Stop everything and soak up those who are in our presence. Soak up all the wonderful things about them. Find out what is going on in their lives, share a meal, share a story, and make some memories.
On Sunday, for me, it was having everyone here that was so important. I didn’t slow down enough to soak it all in but I did soak up some of the moments.
That day, I wanted to bring back the Sunday Family Dinner. I wanted each and every person who came into my home to feel the love I (we) have for them. I wanted them to feel special and for the short time they were here, I wanted them to feel at peace and to feel the joy I feel from having them around.
I(we) may not have done it perfectly this time but we are hopeful for many more encounters to show people how important each of them are to us.
And, YES, I am bringing back “The Family Dinner” here in our little corner in the country.
Have a blessed weekend Everyone and know that you are loved. My wish for you is for you to find the joy in the moments. When you do, let me know. I would love to hear from you<3