Well, today is my birthday.
The big 5-0, y’all!
How in the world???
I mean seriously?! Where does time go?!!
I want to enter into this next decade of my life with grace and ease, but I might go into it kicking and screaming, if I’m truthful. haha!
My heart wants to push “pause” on the time button. I want it all to just stop. I want to soak up my kids and freeze life where it’s at. It just seems to march by faster and faster the older I get.
When Cy asked me what I wanted for my 50th birthday, I said I want to go home and spend time with my dad.
That’s all I wanted.
When we moved to Nashville a year ago, I knew I would still be able to see my family often. I was used to driving back and forth many times to see Jonathan when he lived here by himself. The drive is not bad at all…a little over 3 hours. And I knew that my family would come down and visit me often because they love this area too.
And then Covid hit and changed everything.
We all became quarantined and not able to get out much, especially my dad. He is 79 and has COPD, which makes him extremely vunerable to Covid. Our family has tried to be extra cautious around him to keep him safe.
Especially his wife, Janet. (Our angel step-mom.). She goes above and beyond to take care of dad and make sure he stays safe! (Which I know Mom would be so happy about.). We are so blessed to have her in our family! Isn’t she beautiful?!
Since I haven’t been able to go home to Kentucky as much as I thought I would this past year, I have really missed my dad. So being able to stay the whole weekend with him and Janet was just what my heart needed.
Isn’t it funny that no matter how old we get, when we are with our parents, we feel like a kid again?
It’s the best feeling in the world!
Both Friday and Saturday night, we watched Hallmark Christmas movies while drinking hot apple cider.
I slept late both mornings! (I never get to do that!)
And Dad and I worked on a puzzle together. PRICELESS MOMENTS!
On Saturday afternoon, we drove to Cheddars and sat outside on the patio by ourselves and ate lunch.
Then we took a ride in his red convertible corvette. The weather was PERFECT!!
The whole weekend was perfect!
I could never ask for more!
BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!
I also got to see my sister, my mom’s family (sisters and cousin,) my niece, great niece, and cousin! Those ladies are PURE GOLD and so precious to me! I’m so mad I forgot to get a picture of all of us!
I miss my sister very much too! We can’t wait for stupid covid to go away so we can see each other more often.
Friends, I’ll be honest with you that my heart has been extra heavy with all of the chaos 2020 has brought to our lives. And I’m sure yours has too. Sometimes it feels so overwhelming that we start to loose our joy.
I shared on my Instagram stories last week that we need to do everything we can to protect our joy.
This may mean getting off our phones and social media, stop watching the news, or stay away from toxic people in our lives.
Protecting our joy may mean taking a walk and soaking up the sunshine, reading a good book, making something with our hands, spending time in prayer, and definitely hugging your loved ones.
Don’t let 2020 steal your joy.
Spending time with my family, especially my dad, filled my heart with more joy than it could ever possibly hold, and I am so thankful!
My prayer for you today and always is that the Lord gives you moments like these to fill your heart with joy.
Much love! xoxo