Potty training my two-year-old.
Building a marriage that will last.
Two girls in highchairs.
Going on dates again -- a much needed breath of freedom and friendship.
Early evening walks.
Board games after the girls go down.
The daily ritual of sweeping scraps of food off of the kitchen floor.
Battling ant invasions.
Reading my Kindle before bed.
Fitness Blender workouts at home.
Watching God build a $70K missions budget one generous supporter/partner/friend at a time.
Growing in prayer.
Growing in trust.
I have a habit of always looking ahead to the next bigger, better thing rather than celebrating the smallness of my everyday life. This makes me a very productive person who always has a plan. It also makes me a very distracted person who misses life in the present tense.
I had the privilege of getting an advance copy of a favorite writer's newest book Simply Tuesday -- a book all about how "life happens in the small moments, the kind we find on Tuesday, the most ordinary day of the week." The author, Emily P. Freeman makes it a regular practice to make a "these are the days of..." list in her journal to practice being present to life as it is.
In these hectic days of always thinking forward to the next big thing (moving to Thailand!) I have so needed the reminder to slow down, to breath, and to celebrate the simple small things of my everyday life. I want to be present to my life even as I look ahead to the next thing.