Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The end of the story or the beginning?

Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, good things and not so good, changes, memories, hardships.  How we work through these things, the perspective we take, the outcomes, all are a part of life's journey.  So, is it the end of a story or the beginning?

When things change, something ends and something begins.  But does that mean the story is over?  Not necessarily.  It's a start of a new chapter...a twist or turn, an up or down.  Just because there is change, doesn't mean the story has to be done, it just means that where we are at in life's journey is going to be different.

We are moving at the end of the next month.  We've been in our current house for 9 years.  A lot has happened in 9 years.  There are many emotions and memories in this place.  We never thought we'd be where we are for this long.  In fact, we figured we would have moved well before now.  But as things go, we stayed and it felt right.

Now, it's time for us to move.  We are a growing family and we are running out of space.  Moving is hard, this will be our third move since we got married 10 years ago.  However, this one, this is the hardest.

Sure, you could say it's because I am pregnant, I am being over emotional.  But, when it comes down to it, I will typically where my emotions on my sleeve.  Those who know me, can read me like a book from a mile away.  Though I may try to cram it all down inside.

I think a hard spot for me is that we've been through some pretty crazy ups and downs...like losing our daughter.  We've had many twists and turns, especially as our son has grown.  There are things about our current house I really like and will miss.  But even more so, my son has started to recognize when we are close to home.  And when we are pulling up, he responds with an enthusiastic "there we are, home".

Yes, I know he will get used to the next house.  But I can't but to help to feel a twinge, a knot, saddened when he says those words.

I find myself repeating the phrase, "change happens, this not the end of the story...it's the end of the chapter".  It's the end of the chapter in this house, but a new chapter will begin.  We will continue to create memories, we will have ups and downs, we will have twists and turns.

So, as we go through the next days filling some of our time packing and getting ready to move, then finally moving, we will also continue to create moments.  Moments that we can take with us, moments that we can recreate where we are going, keep our connections and build new ones.

Don't close the book...turn the page and continue to write the story.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

100 Days of Summer ~ Boat Rides

Ever since I was little, I remember going on boat rides.  Sometimes it was just to get from point A to point B, and sometimes it was to take in the views.

Last Summer we took our son for a ride on grandma and grandpa's boat.  Some of the magic of a boat ride was lost as he was only one.  But every so often a smile would pop up.

This Summer, being a big two year and loving boats (or anything that moves really) boat rides are more fun...especially when grandpa lets you drive.

About a month ago, my son and I went for an extended to weekend to visit the grandparents.  That first evening there, we didn't have much time but went for a boat ride.  The excitement and joy on my son's face was priceless.

He couldn't stop talking about all he was seeing.  When grandpa asked if he want to drive, he was timid.  But with some encouragement and help, he got behind the wheel and helped drive.  He even got to make the boat go really fast.  He was giggling so much from the excitement.

I enjoy going for boat rides.  I find the water to be calming.  Just to be in that type of natural setting is where I feel at my best.  The love of outdoors and what it is all about is something I want to share with my children.  Summer boat rides are a way to see the outdoors in a different way.  One day, I hope my sons will share boat rides and the outdoors with their children.