“Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect.” Margaret Mitchell said it so much better than I ever could, and isn’t it true? On the morning of the long-anticipated fall family photo session, one child evidenced every ounce of stubbornness in those little bones while the other child grinned like nobody’s business. It was cold. It was windy. And it was the day before Olive’s birthday extravaganza – insert every image on pinterest related to cupcakes here and you’ll understand the amount of work that went into that party. Not exactly the relaxed, carefree morning you’d desire on family photo morning, right?
But with grace and poise, no one became flustered and no one had a meltdown (except for the toddlers, but they’re allowed a meltdown right?).
Together, we celebrated. On that cold and icy and flustering morning, we celebrated.
When was the last time you stopped to reflect on the past four years? When have you truly stopped to marvel at what God has done in your life? To wholeheartedly, enthusiastically, gladly thank Him for the work He’s done in your life? Do it.
Are you breathing right now? Marvel. Did you eat this morning? Marvel. Did you survive the year-of-the-broken-tailbone-and-ruptured-appendix? Marvel. Has your life changed dramatically? Marvel. Have you conquered a giant obstacle? Marvel. Did you wake up and get dressed? Marvel.
Four years ago, Jason & Meghan were celebrating their engagement. On the brink of the new and exciting, they were adorably in love and gleefully relishing the adventures to come. And ohhh, what adventures. A wedding. A pregnancy. A baby. A supercute baby, btw. A pregnancy. A baby. And now? The opportunity to marvel on these first four years and all that God has done. The opportunity to anticipate the next four years in glad hope of all that God will do.
I am also pleased to report that the photos taken of everyone looking directly at the camera with smiles on their faces were the result of the ultimate in photographer craziness: I found the patch of ice hidden under the cover of beautiful leaves. Yup, that’s right. I slipped, I fell, and my legs ended up in the air. But my camera was still pointed at the family and everyone was laughing at me so – boom – WIN!