It has been one of those weeks that makes you stop and think and look at things differently.
I found out early in the week that one of our long distance military friends is having a difficult time. Their youngest son is 6 weeks younger than Maya and when they were toddlers they were the best little buddies – riding in the jogger together and taking each others' sippy cups! As with a lot of military families we send holiday cards and stay in touch as much as possible, but it's hard, but luckily the power of Facebook has made the connection better. I was heartbroken to find out that their son was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor last month. He is going through treatment and responding well, but I just cannot even begin to imagine what they have been going through. Lots of prayers are being sent their way.
And Friday, I got a sucker punch to the gut and found out my dad is also having medical issues. These can also be treated and he will undergo some procedures in the next month, but at the age of almost 38 I think you still sometimes get in the train of thought that your parents will live forever. This made it very real that our parents are indeed getting older, but the little girl in me wants to put my hands over my hears and scream "I CAN'T HEAR YOU, I CAN'T HEAR YOU." Lots of prayers going to Indiana too.
It's weeks like this that stop you and remind you of what matters.
My house is messier than I like? Doesn't matter. I played games with the girls and talked to them, I mean really talked to them, and that's what matters.
I didn't get those errands done I wanted to? Doesn't matter. I got together with friends for running and playground time. We laughed, we shared funny kid stories and connected and that's what matters.
Family and friends matter. And what has really hit home is my need for positive people in my life. I can't focus on a silly rule the new principal put in place, or why the assembly was moved or "do you know what so and so said about so and so?" because it really doesn't matter.
Life is short. Life has a funny way of reminding you of that. And with this reminder we are off to spend family time together today: Terry's reading is put on the back burner, my scrapbook assignments are being left in a pile and the laundry isnt' done. But what we'll remember is the good time we had tromping through the zoo and enjoying each other.