I have been MIA due to editing. Editing so many photo sessions. I was super busy this fall with my little photography business and it is a great thing.... but I'm a little burned out now. I have a session on Saturday and then I'm done until the middle of January. So that's good. I don't really feel like looking or working on any photos at the moment.
But I am home alone on Thanksgiving night and wanted to write a quick post. We had a nice thanksgiving. We ran the turkey trot as a family this morning (minus Mack) and it was a lot of fun. I'm proud of my kids for running the whole thing (5k for the girls, 10k for Logan). We even sprinted at the end. I'm so thankful we have cousins living nearby to do these things with- my kids just love it. We had a small scare at the end when Conner came through the finish and then fainted. It was really scary. He has a heart condition and he was very unresponsive, limp, and I couldn't find a strong pulse. Julie and I handled it well though and got him help really quick. I was touched by the amount of people who stopped to help. One guy ripped off his sweatshirt for Conner to lay on. Others asked if we wanted them to get him water, gatorade etc. People ran to get the medic. It gave me a good feeling to see so many be so helpful. And Conner was ok after awhile which also made me full of gratitude.
I have a really good life. I'm thankful for health. You know you're getting older when you're thankful for health. But I'm just thankful we wake up each day with no problems to deal with and a body that can do what we want it to do (for the most part). It is such a blessing and I do not take it for granted. I am also so thankful for safety. With so many scary things going on in this world today, everyday I am so thankful that my kids are kept safe from harm. It is a huge blessing.
I am thankful for time. I know some people don't feel that the saying, "time heals all wounds" is true, but for me, so far in my life it has been true. The further I get from difficult things the more manageable they seem. Or the less pain they cause. I'm so thankful for that. I know that difficult times are part of the plan for this life, and I am thankful for the things they have taught me. But I'm thankful time passes on and the past can be left in the past and we can start new everyday if we want to.
I'm thankful for my kids and Dave. They teach me things but mostly stretch me and force me to become better. In marriage and parenting I feel like I have two choices: become a better person which will make me a better parent and spouse, or stay the same/do nothing and get trampled to death by the craziness of life and ruin everyone else's life in the meantime. Ok, I sound so dramatic. But basically parenting and marriage will either make you or break you and I choose to let it make me better! Most of the time... I do lay down and get trampled often.
I have to go to bed now but if this rambling post is just a big ramble, the main point is that I am happy. And really blessed. And I'm thankful. And I know where all my blessings come from.... my Heavenly Father. I know He's there and I know
He loves me.
Photos from a recent trip to Monterey and the Monterey Bay Aquarium ( a magical place!)