Reflection 

The last 24 hours I have had some time to slow down and reflect upon where life is right now.  Can’t do a whole lot from a hospital bed and Nazi nurses that have told me they have been warned and have their eyes on me.  I can think of only two guilty parties for causing me this extra attention and I will have my revenge.  I am innocent after all.  So as to my ponderings, I first realized that I wasn’t very smart.  I should not have gone running in this severely cold weather.  I admit, I believe I can do all things.  I am double tough, invincible even, but yeah that just wasn’t very smart.  So once again I find myself in the hospital with pneumonia.  Praying for a miracle so I can leave and a trip to Costa Rica postponed for at least 6 months.  It is an irony how consequences follow our foolishness.  But I will go there someday.  Just depressingly disappointing to say the least.  On to better thoughts.  

When Keith and I first got engaged like all young couples in love ❤️ we had our dreams and goals and hopes.  I recognize the idealism of youth is often fantasy but a few things we seemed to get our arms around and they have been anchors to our life’s journey together.  One of the most important was that we knew life would change us.  Kids, careers, school, callings, it all impacts us, so we embraced the concept of change.  We set a goal that as the decades passed we would evolve with Time.  The first decade was schooling and all that goes with it.  A couple of children so being young parents and budding careers.  We had lots of energy and worked hard.  Bought our first condo while in school and our first home after.  The next decade came and we had a couple more kids, still had energy and worked hard, saved, invested, but definitely more of a transition to being a family and preparing for the future.  We had 4 young children and our lives evolved around them.  We worked hard and played hard.  It’s definitely a big transition going from being young parents with young children to a full on family with a kid in high school, jr high, and two in grade school.  You have to embrace it and pretend you have some control over life or it will swallow you.  Time can be unforgiving for the ill prepared.  At times that is all of us.

I turned 40 last year and as we are approaching the beginning of our third decade I have realized that we have actually been preparing for several years.  I guess that is the way of hopes and dreams in that we pursue them even unconsciously.  I think the transition this time is much more pronounced with the move to Idaho, our oldest leaving for a mission, Keith having a big exit in one of his business ventures and my career changes and new direction are all significant.  We are still very active but the energy sonetimes is exhausted.  I think we are better at sprints now than the marathons of our 20s and early 30s.  I wonder what other things Time will unveil in this next decade.  😇.  One of the kindest things my husband has ever said to me is how much he has loved every day’s version of me.  Now that is true love because I have not always had great days lol.  ❤

Moments

Pay attention to moments or like bubbles they are gone in an instant.  A moment is something that is missed if you are not paying attention.  Slow down, look around, be here not there and connect.  I never miss a moment to laugh, I wear a smile as often as I can and despite the busyness of life I put the pause on several times a day.  I will stop and close my eyes and take a deep breath.  It’s amazing how different the world looks when you slow it down.  I definitely pause when my kids walk in the door.  I try and see how much they have changed in the last few hours.  I like playing guess what you did today with them.  That’s where I guess what they did and they correct me.  Amazing how much I learn though.  I also choose to be awed by the every day of life.  So many are caught up in chasing whatever. The most precious moments are mixed in with the mundane.  The greatest word ever.  LOOK…. ❤️

Precious

This pic is very precious to me.  It is the last hike to the Y we will do as a family for a couple of years.  My oldest will be leaving for his mission very soon.    I am so very happy and numb at the same time.  I will be doing a print of this and framing it to have here in our home.   He is in the bottom right of the pic.  I can’t clearly see him in the effects version, but his smile and his countenance are perfect images frozen in my mind.  Seeing him yesterday there is my happy place I will hold close to my heart.  He is so excited to leave and serve the wonderful people of Chile 🇨🇱.  Very proud of him.  

One

The doTERRA convention 2016 has been so good.  I am glad I got to participate.  I love the new products.  Time spent with friends and among goodness is never wasted.  ❤️