Fun as a Family

Sometimes you just have to have some fun with the people you love most, no matter what other crazy things are keeping you busy or distracted. 🙂
And that’s what we did recently, as our little family went out on a bowling & pizza date! We had a blast, and it was wonderful to embrace some “now” which is fleeting and sweet.

We’re about to go down some really big roads, which are going to be flanked by some great giants. I expect many of them to be taunting me, throwing things at me, maybe even grabbing at my hair or tripping me with unseen sticks. But even in the midst of walking a road flanked by giants, I want to make sure that I am focusing on some marvelous things: like a delightful husband, and three little children whose lives are inexplicable miracles (that’s redundant, but too true). Time is flying. And I want to enjoy life now. I want to laugh. I want to  be thankful. I want to make a difference. I want to effect kingdoms and generations through the lives I shape now. I want to leave a wake. Lord, help me. Help me to see what you would have me to do, and take my eyes off the giants and focus them on You, Your kingdom, Your people, Your work given into my feeble hands.

Clichés are true.
Time flies.
You can’t take it with you.
You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.
Dust to dust.
In the ground, we all have empty hands.
Enjoy life now.
And now.
And now.
Before the nows are gone.
See the gifts. Savor the food, knowing that you will have to swallow.
~N.D. Wilson, Death by Living, p109~

Classy shoes Gabriel bowling Asher bowling with Daddy Evangeline helped Mommy bowl; or took the blame when I missed all the pins! Steven loves bowling... precious little miracles, having fun with Mommy My sweetest biggest boy! Asher's turn, with Mommy and Evangeline to cheer him on!

Drink your wine.
Laugh from your gut.
Burden your moments with thankfulness.
Be as empty as you can be when that clock winds down.
Spend your life.
And if time is a river, may you leave a wake.
~N.D. Wilson, Death by Living, p117~

3 Replies to “Fun as a Family”

  1. This made me happy and I couldn’t help but smile. 🙂
    Thank you for the gentle reminder to enjoy the here and the now, embrace the moments, and delight in all the Lord has given us. Today is beautiful. He is so generous and loving!
    Still thinking of you often, praying for you and asking the Lord to give you strength, courage and mercy for each day.

    Hugs!

  2. Amen.
    I love that this is YOU enjoying the now.
    And I need this reminder myself too. It’s too easy to spend all your time looking back and looking forward (whether it is positive or negative – looking back in gratitude or regrets or pain, looking forward in hope or fear or uncertainty), and to not enjoy the tremendous gift of this day, this hour, this moment.

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