The last fourteen days have been life giving. I believe we swing in and out of seasons. Seasons of ease and then seasons of hardship. Seasons of sorrow and seasons of happiness. Seasons of mundane and seasons of excitement. Seasons of plenty and seasons of want. And in all this crazy cycle of seasons may we (I) learn to seek joy and gratitude- always. Some seasons are easier then others to be grateful and at ease; the last two weeks have brought both and I needed that in my life.
A couple weeks ago I gathered with my roommates from college. We try to do this once or twice a year. Some years we have big plans and exciting places we go and other years we gather at each others houses and stay close to home cooked food and local entertainment. This year was a stay at home year. With two roomies with child, one feeding a tiny babe, and one in Africa it was good to be close to 'home.' I flew in from Houston and we all gathered in Fort Worth where two of these ladies live across the street from one another (how cool is that!?). Being at 'home' meant late nights in pjs talking about life and babies and marriage and joys and struggles. It meant mom and pop restaurants and homemade cookies. It meant baby snuggles and belly rubbing (feeling a baby inside the tummy is still one of the coolest things ever). It meant connecting with these friends on their home turf and I can think of few things as comforting as being welcomed into the home of someone you love. These girls mean a lot to me and I came back to Houston rested and full. (Libby- you were missed, dearly!)
One sad spot in our last couple weeks has been Hope and her major mouth surgery. We have been going to the same vet for over 6 years and every year we would go Hope got a clean bill of health- teeth and all. This year I decided to switch vets due to monetary reasons and for something new. Let's just say we did not end up saving any money- apparently Hope had awful gum and teeth issues. It was sad and frustrating and expensive. She had NINE teeth pulled- are you kidding me?! Poor dog and how did the other vet not catch this?! Anyways- we are on the other side of it and Hope has done great. I love the new vet and Hope is getting great care. Cora was a rock star with Hope and did not leave her side when we got home after the surgery. Their little friendship melts my heart.
Saturday I spent the day with these lovely ladies pictured above. It was a great day spent listening to Nadia Bolz-Weber. She wrote 'Pastrix' and, for me, it was a very good, growth inducing read. Her ability to story tell and share with authentic clarity is a needed voice. I appreciated her words and I am still munching on them today. My spirit and heart were challenged- I hope to put actions into some of my thinking soon.
And this cute little cottage housed the Sargent's for the last two days. Steve, Cora, and I enjoyed a mini getaway to East Texas and the trip could not have been more timely. Getting out of the city was needed and it was good to plan purposeful rest- or as much rest as you can get with a 2 year old:). We spent Monday in Lufkin at a small, quaint zoo then took in the cute downtown area. We cooked all our meals in our cottage and Steve and I had nights to ourselves as Cora slept in her own room. Since having a baby our vacationing has change in all the right ways. Travel is important to us- near and far. I am thankful for the means to have this two night get away.
It's good to practice self-care and I am glad I have gotten to practice so much the last two weeks. Where are you creating space for self-care in your daily life?