It's a new season of family life around here. I realized that again over the holidays when I was trying to create our annual Christmas card and discovered I had not even ONE photo of our whole family together from the previous year. So, taking family photos was a top priority for the four weeks that Kory was home between his sophomore year at Baylor and his job back in Texas at Pine Cove Camp this summer.
It was BEFORE the party ~ and I mean RIGHT before the party that we took these photos. I'm not sure how she does it, but somehow our dear friend, Lois, comes to the rescue of many families in chaos. Crisis, too ~ but mostly just chaos. She texted me about what time I wanted to take family photos and I responded that I wasn't sure I could fit it in with all the other tasks the day was requiring. That's when she asked me to send her my shopping list.
I didn't sleep a wink last night ~ watched every hour pass by on the clock by my bed which is currently located in our basement. It's been a week of chaos and it finally caught up. Actually, the chaos (with a heaping dose of heartbreak and disappointment) can be traced back for quite some time now. (How many of my blog posts have ended like this, I wonder?) But isn't that usually how it is in the "now and not yet"? That theme has come up in my seminary courses over and over. I know this is not my home, and I'm grateful for that. Even still there have been great gifts in the midst...
a grocery list texted and taken care of
a gathering of friends
a family together
photos to capture a season
future plans and places
refreshing mermaid drinks
tears wiped and understood
beach balls and trampolines
and even good, bittersweet goodbyes.
Tonight I am so sleepy, but so grateful for all of it.
P.S. I saved the best photos for a future Christmas card possibly coming your way. (Thanks, Lolo!)