My husband and I up and left, to his parents in Nashville, with our pup last week Sunday around 10pm. We figured, his sister and her kids had arrived that afternoon and they're expecting us Monday afternoon/evening, but why not leave a day earlier to surprise the kids. A 5 hour drive at 10pm? We didn't even think twice about it, what got me through was the potential looks on the kids faces when they woke up the next morning and we were already there. Imagine their awe and excitement.
Monday was a long day of splash-pad, baking and nail painting fun so we decided to take it easy Tuesday, but when evening came, the kids had all their energy and nothing less-- so "Silly Uncle Aaron" decided to bring out the sprinkler.
I'm always encouraged by the characteristics of children. I enjoy them so much because I'm constantly learning from them, as I observe. They're fearless, kind, generous, pure and wondrous. Their self-worth, willingness to learn and the best part about their independence is that they wont think twice to seek out help when they need it. They're affectionate, forgiving, playful, grateful, imaginative, easy to please, faithful, loyal, affirming, funny and honest. We could all learn a little thing or two from children, especially us; adults, who have been through and seen a lot of life and had it strip little parts of those childlike characteristics away from us. Find a kid to play with for an hour, ask questions, observe and learn.
Now I'm a feeler, and it seems I feel things in a heavier way than most. Be that as it may, I become so overwhelmed with gratitude at the thought of where my life is heading right now. SO MUCH TO LEARN. I feel like I waited a lifetime to find the thing I want to pursue as a career, the thing that just makes sense. But at the same time, I couldn't be more thankful that it took me a "lifetime" to figure it out, because now I'm more grateful than ever. The timing of it all couldn't have been more perfect, I might be subject to time but knowing that I serve the Chief Orchestrator of life and time itself, puts me at ease immediately, and then knowing that He is not subject to time- making His timing SO perfect, even more so.
Observe, and learn.