I’m not real sure what has gotten in to me, but the last week or so, I’ve had an almost overwhelming sense of excitement when I think about Fall. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved Fall and the crisp weather and seeing front porches donned with scarecrows and pumpkins. But for some reason unbeknownst to me, every time I think of this year’s Fall that is only a couple months away, I get butterflies in my stomach the way a child does on Christmas Eve. All the things I love the most are made even sweeter in the Fall, like holding hands and wrapping up in a soft blanket with someone I love. Maybe that’s why I’m so excited, because this year I’ll be able to share my favorite time of year with My Love. I’ll get to hold hands and wrap up in a blanket on cool, crisp days with the man that stepped right out of my dreams and into my arms. This year I get to be his date to the Maple Leaf Parade. Yes, maybe that’s why I’m so excited. But then again, maybe it’s just because Fall means it’s the perfect weather for wearing scarves and drinking apple cider. Either way, I just can’t wait.
…you hold my hand when we are in the car.
…you sing to me when we’re driving.
…you sing REALLY loud and fancy when our song comes on.
…you take me fishing.
…you are so patient with me.
…you take the perch off the hook so I don’t have to grab the gills.
…you put up with my sunflower seed addiction, even when I eat so many that my mouth hurts and I can’t kiss you.
…you pay attention to me.
…you roll with the punches.
…you laugh at me when I ask you if the fish on “Cartoon Me” is real.
…you love my family and especially little Isaac.
…you were my knight in shining armor when I almost went to jail for having a headlight out. Oh, and for forgetting my driver’s license. 🙂
…you laugh when I get worked up over little things and you remind me that life is too short to sweat the small stuff.
…you love me and you do more than just tell me–you show me every single day. Whether it’s the way I catch you staring at me from across the room or getting in the car at 9:00 PM to drive me 30 minutes to the hospital because I want to see my dad one more time before his surgery….
…you make me smile every day.
…you’re my June 1st dream come true.
I love you, honey. Here’s to 52 more (years!).
It’s the little things that make me the happiest. Little things like…..
…my new makeup brush.
…my nephew and niece.
…watching my man rope.
…a good book on Christmas break.
…when I catch my boyfriend staring at me in a crowded room because I know he loves me most.
…the butterflies I get in my stomach when I know I get to see him.
Yep. It’s the little things…..
Psalm 34: 1-3 “I will praise the Lord at all times.I will constantly speak his praises.I will boast only in the Lord;let all who are helpless take heart.Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;let us exalt his name together.”
If I could be like any person I’ve ever known, it would be my aunt Roxanne. Her love for life and people, her tenacity, and her ability to face life head on are all qualities that I admired about her. She rarely had a bad day and if she did, it didn’t take long for her to remember the many blessings surrounding her and that is what drove her to be one of the happiest people I ever knew. Even on a “bad day” she still flashed that beautiful smile and had contagious laughter. Gosh, I miss that lady!! As I read through Psalm 34 this morning, I was reminded of her tenacious outlook on life, even up until the last breath she took. She was a fighter because she was one of the rare people that always saw the good in people and life, no matter the circumstance or situation. Psalm 34:1-3 talks about praising the Lord at ALL times, not just on the good days or when life is going our way. “I will constantly speak his praises.” While my aunt was battling cancer, even on the really hard days where she could barely lift her head, her motto for life was this: Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass–it’s about learning to dance in the rain. And she did a lot of dancing in the rain.
My devotions this morning talked about how a lot of times we identify blessings with “getting the goods” in one way or another. We thank God for health, a comfortable lifestyle, a good reputation, a relatively trouble-free family life, and national security. And in doing so, we rightly acknowledge our dependence on Him–but this may lead us to associate God’s blessings exclusively with EXTERNAL evidence. When we do that, we miss the whole point: We suffer undeservedly BUT in our suffering we can glorify God and receive His blessing.
So today, do a little dancing in the rain. Don’t wait for the storm to pass.
I love you, Aunt Rox, and I miss you so much!!!!!!