Thursday, May 1, 2014

When Time Stands Still

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Have you ever had one of those moments when it felt like time stood still?  Even if for a moment?
I have had this experience a few times over the last few years.  

One time was at a birthday dinner for Courtny.  We were at a local mexican restaurant with our whole family and some really great friends.  As I sat there watching everyone laughing, celebrating and generally just being happy, I was struck by how I almost missed out on these great moments.  You see  after 4 years of marriage, Tom and I divorced. 5 years later we reconciled and remarried, but it was not easy.  We still didn't know how to be married.  We were broken people who loved each other, but didn't know how to recognize or deal with our brokeness.  God's love saved us.  As we learned about the unending love that God has for us we started to grow and change and put each other before ourselves.  We had wonderful times and really hard times, but we kept going.  We didn't give up!  We locked that back door and decided we were in. So when you can't leave, you are forced to change and figure out how to work things out.  I am so glad we did.  I would have missed out on these magical moments of watching our family loving each other.  The growth that happens when there is unity and connection and love is miraculous.

We love to gather together as a family and with friends.  I have these moments of time standing still more and more.  This family night was one of those nights.  We weren't all here this night, but it was still magical.  Our family is growing within our immediate family unit as well as with friends we like to "adopt" into our clan.  I am grateful!

My meager attempt at a pinterst project.

The firepit is a great gathering place.


She loves her daddy.

Story time in the teepee.

Great friends and new babies.

Grateful for this guy who works so hard to make our marriage and family a priority.

Until next time.