Thursday, December 12, 2013

"I love my life." Sunny Rich 10 years old 12/11/13

Well, here I am for my yearly blog;) I'm terrible. I know. Thank goodness for Instagram...for all of us sporadic scrapbookers, random bloggers & spotty journalers;) Just plop that pic up on that phone, hashtag that thing & voila, my kids will have a KODAK moment type memory of this crazy, busy childhood of theirs. Hence the name of my post. Sunny said that out of the blue last night while I was cooking dinner. Warmed my heart & stirred my soul just like the veggie soup I was standing over. Made me tear up & take a little time to stir a little slower & savor the moment. Hence me taking the time to type today. As I slowed down I thought about how fast time can get away if you let it. In the past 9 months the sis & the parents moved to town (!), Bella & Sarah Claire turned a year old (!!), Christian finished elementary school (!!!), Sunny started piano, us girls went to a Phillip Phillips concert, paid a little visit to Savannah & San Diego with my favorite boy, coached a soccer team, started teaching yoga, sent my Sunny to the vegas strip (with Mimi & Grandaddy of course), sent my guys to Guatemala, jumped in the pool with all my clothes on with some frans, fell in love with HeArT shaped sunglasses all over again, went to the Fox to see Jack Johnson & the Nutcracker (not at the same time), decorated a wedding with the bestie, saw the HOLLYWOOD sign, shot a gun, & ate a steak, all for the first time but, again, not all at once:) Now, here I am eating some of last nights better-the-next-day vegetable soup, excitedly wrapping the variety of presents for next weekend & watching for this afternoons yellow school bus to drop off my favorite 5th grader. I'm so happy for Christmas as always. This year is bittersweet because we will be missing some who can't be here celebrating with us because they'll be celebrating Jesus' birthday with Him instead. So thankful for reminders that our days here are numbered and that once over, we will spend our days there with Him. Some days are tougher than others but if we are still here to see the days that's a blessing in itself & means God has more to add to our story & He'll see us through...whether it's one of those tough or terrific days. "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3 I've been reminded of this verse lately, one of my favorites. Our seasons differ, we move on to the next chapter, friendships change, we lose family members, we lose confidence but can get it back, only to lose it again, we find ourselves on the mountaintop and in the valley. Change is inevitable. And, therefore, so is our need for Christ. The only constant. Justin tells me I am the 'most ever-changingest human being" he knows:) Whether it's a furniture rearrange, not being to sit in one place, or shuffling around the dishes in the cabinet and giving them fresh new shelf homes. The mercy in God calling me to "be still and know" is such a precious gift to me because it's so difficult for me to do. I'm so reminded at this time of year especially of the beautiful way He loves us. Unconditional. Constant. Completely. Never changing:) I'm glad I got to take this time and catch up with all of you! Don't count me out completely BUT there is a chance it will be 2014 before we talk again. So, in that case I hope everyone has a joyful, healthy, thankful, relaxing, very Merry Christmas and a wonderfully, exciting Happy New Year!!! <>< april

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Playin' Catch Up!

Long time no see, imagine that!;) Today is Wednesday, March 13, 2013. 10 months have passed. Time is a literally a flash. I turned 30 the day after my last post and was welcomed in to the 30 club with a surprise birthday dinner, a very Happy Mother's Day, sweet time with family and friends, and C had his first birdie...all in the month of May!! June sailed in as the celebration of life continued for the big 3-2 for 1 of my favorites, Stephanie Dianne Harper, then, we soared over to the lake for a weekend with the fam then a little further over to San Fran for our 10 plus 1 year to grow on wedding anniversary...truly one of my favorite places on earth with my favorite person on earth...then made our way back, almost home, to PCB for a week of youth camp with more favorite faces and, of course, made time to play a little more golf! Blazing July tore through our calendars and days like the happy hot streak that it is with 4th of July togetherness, Braves fandom, COKE factory visitin', 4 teeth in 48 hours pullin', Ava lovin', soul sister summer travelin', time with the trampoline and the tall creepy mouse, back to school dinners and all that golf leading to Christian's first tournament!! As the kiddos rolled out to school, August rolled in and life continued with work, ballgames, more golf, birthdays and precious moments with Jesus to thank Him for this ocean of grace we are swimming in. September and October kicked off soccer, cheerleading, football games and some cherished down time with cousins and a cruise to the Bahamas and car ride to Elijay and Dothan for 2 of my favorite family outings, the Peanut Festival and picking those apples:) Chilly November and December warmed us up with the arrival of beautiful Bella and sweet Sarah Claire, a weekend trip to the mountains, and Uncle Mick getting over the hill, Thanksgiving with our loves and too many Christmas parties to count to thankfully celebrate the birth of Christ! And now here we are, with the year 2-0-1-3...a little hard to believe. A visit with Mickey, the sis movin' to town and a purple baby shower fit for our mini little princess, SelahBelle, still bakin' in Aunt Steph's oven:) I think birth of new baby pics trump everything so we'll just stick with those for this portion of the post:) That gets us up to the present! Today is notable because it's 2 of my dear friends birthdays, Erin and Janel. Erin is a one of the most down to earth, grounded, strong, Christian women I know. She inspires me with how she does everything with her heart, from raising her kids, to coaching cheerleading to loving Jesus. Thankful for her friendship. The other special woman in my life celebrating her big day is Nella. Janel and I met on the set of an O'Charley's commercial in '04 and our sense's of humor fell in love at first laugh. We both seem to be goin 90 to nothin' in opposite places at this point in life so we rarely get the opportunity to spend time together but whether it's a text, phone call or one of our cherished sushi dates, I soak up every second. With Janel we can talk about everything from love to loss and theres always laughter...laughter is the best medicine, it's so good for the soul and that's exactly how I would describe my friend Janel, she is good for my soul and definitely a blessing. Well, like always, I promise to make it less than a year between now and my next post:) So much to say right now about what God's doing in this life...hopefully I can fill you in ASAP! Right now it's time to put on the leggings and get my meditation in half an hour! talk soon... april <><