Wednesday, November 16, 2016
This morning I caught myself humming. The snow finally arrived and it was creating a "snow globe" world right outside my window. I always look forward to that first snow. It's magical! Over the years I have realized that I spontaneously hum when I am truly happy and at peace with life. I find myself in that zone where I am calm and I am taking time to appreciate all that I have been blessed with and just be in the moment. Here are some of the reasons I found myself humming this morning...
Our grandchildren spent the night with us two weekends ago. It had been quite awhile since we had been able to do that with them because we all live busy lives and trying to coordinate everyone's schedules can be interesting. ;) We played outside, made homemade personal pan pizzas, watched a movie, did a craft and spent lots of time cuddling. Isaiah fell asleep during the movie cuddled up next to Gpa and Bradley got up the next morning and climbed into bed to cuddle up with me and tell us about his plans to find my secret candy stash and eat it all! LOL!
Saturday I spent the day with Heather and Rachel. We had a Girl's day and went shopping at thrift stores, Harbor Freight, Grocery Outlet and had lunch at the new Panera that opened up. I bought a changing table for Jaysn and Rachel and the new baby, lots of baby clothes, things for the little boys and even found a few things for Jeff and I. The best part though was getting to know my girls even better. They both shared things with me about themselves that I did not know before. I also shared things with them. I feel like our bond, as strong as it was before, is even stronger now. They are both amazing women and I could not have wished for sweeter girls to call my own.
I won tickets to see Olivia Newton John this past Sunday night. I had totally spaced off that I had entered the contest and was surprised to find a message saying I had won last Wednesday morning! Jeff and I decided at the last minute, right before we were going to leave to head up to do some shopping before the concert, that we would just go ahead and book a hotel room near the venue so we did not have to drive home later that night. I found a great deal online, booked the room and upon arrival at the Day's Inn, they upgraded our room to a suite after we told them we were there for the concert and that we needed this after the death in our family. The hotel also provided us with a driver to shuttle us to the casino and back after the concert. The concert itself was in a small venue which made it very intimate. Olivia Newton John's voice is still just as amazing as ever and boy does that woman have energy! She is 68 years old now and puts women half her age to shame. She is also funny, We enjoyed a trip down memory lane, lots of laughter and yes, even a few tears as she sang a new song about going on after losing someone you love. I cried for my loss of my uncle but found hope in the song and knew that he too would want us to all go on and live every day to the fullest.
Our fur babies provide Jeff and I with lots of laughter and entertainment. Caesar gets these quizzical looks on his face when you talk to him and is so excited when you tell him someone, especially my cousin Jeremy, is coming to see him. Doofy (aka Rufus) has us in stitches when he watched "kitty TV" as I load up Youtube videos for him to watch. Last night he was determined to get the birds and started pawing at the computer screen. I feel like a house is just a house until you have fur babies, and then it becomes a home.
There are so many special people in our lives. We have very supportive friends that are there for us through thick and thin. They lift us up when we need them to, pray for us, celebrate with us and provide love and comfort when it is most needed. We also have an amazing extended family that loves unconditionally. I don't want to forget the little ones that I work with at MOPS. Those adorable kids fill me with so much love for them. The hugs, cuddles, giggles and funny moments just make my heart smile.
My heart is filled to overflowing as I hum because life does go on and there is so much goodness in it and so much to be thankful for. I want to live in the moment more. I want to enjoy the beauty around me. I want to love more fully, share more hugs and laughter with friends and family and reach out to people who are hurting and help comfort them too. I want to spend more time humming.