Kayla, Lysa, and I followed the road to its very end. Once we hit the beach, we put the Jeep in sand mode and just drove. About two miles down, WILD HORSES started racing our way. I fled the car- door wide open behind me- and I chased the horses down. Best. Moment. Ever.
It's perfect, because we had just decided that my spirit animal is a wild pony.
We stood and danced on the dunes as daylight gave into dusk. It was one of those moments that you knew was magical as you were living it.
Every time I'm in a car I've borrowed from some generous friend of mine after a stressful day of real life, this song comes on the radio. I'm not even kidding.
Would you also believe me if I see it as God reassuring me to not give up?
My birthday was only 3 days ago, but already I'm feeling like I've crossed over the threshold into adulthood and am no longer a young, hip youth. CASE STUDIES -I was the only one introducing myself by just my first name at a meeting with a gov. agency today. I'm now old enough to have to introduce myself by my full name. I'm also old enough to be at meetings with gov. agencies. -I had to call tech support for help installing a driver (turns out I wasn't doing anything wrong, their printer is just stupid). -I didn't know a slang word and had to ask what it meant. -I voluntarily listen to NPR. -I downloaded an app today to help with my expense reports. I downloaded an expense reports app. And I love it.
My house is a garden right now (and smells amaaaazing)!
Today is my birthday!
I had my birthday party on Sunday. I had planned just a casual "wear something springy and bring a snack!" kind of party (starting a new job doesn't leave much time to plan one's own birthday party)...it turned into something much more and much better, and was hands down one of my favorite birthdays ever!
Ceri labored over this beautiful cake-- chocolate, with strawberry filling. Oh, it was so beautiful. And delicious!!! Ceri told me last week "not to worry about the decorations, I've got them taken care of." A few hours after church, Ceri and Alisha walked in with armloads of fresh cut flowers. Armloads!! They began to put them in vases around the house.
As my friends arrived, they almost all seemed to come with giant bouquets of flowers, too!!! Guest after guest arrived bearing lilies, roses, sunflowers, alstromeria, mums, daisies, gladiolus, and these beautiful pink flowers from a backyard. I was somewhere between speechless and giddy--awestruck? Everyone talked in small, happy conversations, eating cake and 8 pounds of strawberries, music in the background. It was a perfect moment. Surrounded by those I love, and getting to watch as they all interacted with each other. My people being happy is what brings me joy.
As it turns out, Ceri went even more above and more beyond, and sent a secret email out to the guest list, suggesting that they bring flowers because I love them so much. Indeed, I felt loved so much.
I've been without a car for six very long months- since Thanksgiving. It's forced me to slow down a lot. I mean, it's 7pm and I'm writing this from home. I'm still not super crazy about the reduced pace, but that quote is helping me to reframe.