Each week Ruth Ayres extends an invitation to share and celebrate events, big or small, from our week.
When I chose my OLW - turn, I knew my life would be full of turns this year. I have had to take an extended break from blogging because all of my extra time and energy needed to go toward my family. So, although I have not celebrated through my words, I have celebrated with you in spirit and through my heart.
I have come to the point in parenting where a kiss and a bandaid no longer make things better. And realizing this has been very hard. I have mentioned that my daughter is a first year teacher. Her road has been anything but smooth.
This week she and I sat and watched The Voice together. There were no tears, no frustration, no lesson plans, and no emails. Only smiles, laughter, and a bowl of popcorn between us. That might seem small to many, for us it was huge. It has been a long time since we have had a moment like that.
That night after I took my shower and came out of the bathroom, the house was dark and everyone was in bed. I sat on the couch and listened to the rhythmic breathing of my life. Sitting in the dark living room with only the nightlight illuminating the room, I smiled and tried to hold back the tears. All was well, even if it was just for one small moment.
When we are going through the hard parts of life, we wonder if we will ever get through them. When we are going through the easy parts, we don't want them to end. But I know that both parts are necessary and both parts need to be celebrated.
I don't have a specific celebration this week like I usually do.
I am just celebrating...
the hard and the easy
the smiles and the tears
the past and the present.
And for now, that is enough for me.
Have a great week and may you find many celebrations along the way.