Well, here we are again. It's a Monday; I'm at work.
This will actually be a short work week for me. Amy, one of my best friends, is getting married this Saturday in New Mexico and I'll be in the wedding. So early Friday morning I'll be flying out of Austin for the weekend. I have a feeling it will be a whirlwind weekend, but I'm looking forward to a few days in lovely New Mexico. Maybe I'll get in a couple photos of the mountains and such. I still haven't posted my last batch of pictures from little Noah's birthday! Which takes me back to last week...and how horribly awful it was.
Looking back, and even in the midst of it all, I was well aware that there are many people who face much greater challenges and worse situations than what I was facing. I am blessed with many things and I am very thankful. But last week was emotionally difficult for me, I was ill in a terrible way, and to top it off, I was extremely tired from working two weeks straight. Good thing hair shows only happen about once a year.
I like my work, but I could never like my work enough to regularly give up the time I have on the weekends to be with my husband, my church family...my puppies. The older the get (I know...I'm not that old), the more I realize how much more important love and community in the Body of Christ are than financial success. I don't believe one should be lazy. I don't believe people should turn from the work they are called to in the name of "socializing." Although...if you happen to be a missionary this looks a little different for you, I think.
The point is, I don't think any amount of money or opportunity or even sense of obligation is worth losing your family over. Apart from loving, honoring, and worshiping God, loving one another is our highest priority.
Maybe it's easy for me to say this because I'm so not financially successful! :)
Daniel turned 24 yesterday.
I'm learning the benefits of having mutual friends. When we were first married we had our "own" friends. That's not necessarily bad, but it's been neat to see our lives come together more and more the longer we're married.
Thanks to our friends' suggestions, Daniel thinks I'm "awesome" and my gift was "awesome" as well. To the average person, a frolf bag with backpack convertor straps may seem like a silly gift. But not my husband. He thinks it's awesome.
It was a good birthday for him. We had a great lunch at a pizza place on Guadalupe called the Mellow Mushroom with the Baileys, Shane, the (Brady) Allens, and the Whites. It was quite a treat. Later in the afternoon Daniel was able to test out his new frolf bag along with his new putter disc, a gift from the Baileys. Last night we went to dinner with Daniel's mother, his brother Zach, Zach's girlfriend Lynsey, Shane, the Baileys, and the Allens. All together it was a lot of fun...and too much food. I might not be hungry for several more days.
Before Sunday we spent most of our weekend with Shane's family. Shane's older brother and his precious wife Courtney are planning to move to Austin from Kentucky, and they were here all of last week checking out this amazing city. We all already just love them and are ready for them to move here now, but we have to wait until January. I'm so looking forward to their move, and I'm excited for new friends!
Now, my dear readers, I must turn my attention to organizing spreadsheets and product orders. But I wanted to spent a few minutes reminding you of just how great I am at mindlessly rambling, and why you stop by here everyday...or once a month...or so...