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time to “be”

To all my fellow Georgia residents who received the gift of seven or so inches of white powder covered in a few centimeters of ice, which in turn transformed itself into hours upon hours and days upon days of the elusive term we call “time”:
"There is something joyful about storms that interrupt routine.  Snow or freezing rain suddenly releases you from expectations, performance demands, and the tyranny of appointments and schedules.  And unlike illness, it is largely a corporate rather than an individual experience.  One can almost hear a unified sigh rise from the nearby city and surrounding countryside where Nature has intervened to give respite to the weary humans slogging it out within her purview.  All those affected this way are united by a mutual excuse, and the heart is suddenly and unexpectedly a little giddy.  There will be no apologies needed for not showing up to some commitment or the other.  Everyone understands and shares in this singular justification, and the sudden alleviation of the pressure to produce makes the heart merry.” –excerpt from “The Shack” written by William P. Young
If I could have said it better, I would have.
Time to snuggle, time to sleep, time to read, time to hold, time to bake, time create, time to think, time to pray, time to…be.  What a gift!
Although three of our family members were visited by the stomach bug during our days in captivity, I still wouldn’t trade this uninterrupted time with my family for anything in the world.  I was reminded that when it is all said and done, those who live with me in this home are the ones that will be with me and love me until my time on earth is through.  A concept that I have become keenly aware of over the past few months.
I have resolved that in 2011 I will turn around, close my datebook, turn off my Blackberry, resign my volunteer positions and measure each step of my life in this way: “am I stepping away from or am I drawing closer to myself, my family and my God?”.  Life is too short to get caught up in doing.  Although I am a huge proponent of productivity, results and action, I am learning that there is immeasurable value in the ability to just “be”.
Here are a few photos to highlight an absolutely magnificent way to start a new year!


welcome home!

there's nothing quite like the feeling of moving into a brand new home.  everything feels clean, there is the faint smell of fresh paint, and the walls are empty canvases just waiting for the nails and hooks that will hang your treasures.  it takes a few nights before the excitement wears off and is replaced by something even more exquisite: the feeling of being "home".

my former blog home was "The Sleepy Years". that title pretty accurately described the young mothering stage of my life.  while I am still the mother of three very young children....well, I'm just not SLEEPY any more!  there is way too much wonderful in this life to enjoy, so much to learn, so much to do, so much to see.  i still stand by the belief that "life begins at 30", but as I approach 33...well, it's getting even better.  

as was the case when i moved into my actual new home, it will take me awhile to get things "just so".  i was originally going to wait and invite you here AFTER everything was in order- just the way i see it in my mind.  but i just couldn't wait to begin blogging again and posting anything else under "The Sleepy Years" just seemed so...fraudulent and completely inaccurately describes my present state.  remember, this space is a work in progress and probably always will be.  it's ok with me if you see the imperfections, empty walls and design flaws.  

looking forward to the new start...i hope you will enjoy it too.
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