i like the idea of having a less complicated life. i think i've made strides this winter. i'm more laidback and a little less driven. my family has noticed...and for me that's big. trying to savor the process of each day and be less rushed and pushing for "the next thing". life really can be more enjoyable if i take this approach. i know this, and yet there's so much i want to do every day. twice this week, i've lunched with friends and taken my time. it's been nice. i haven't even felt panicked when i realized the time. that is progress friends! it's already friday and i'm not freaked about what i didn't get to this week. just had to share this little milestone.
thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on aging gracefully! so fun to read all your thoughts. lorraine's comment put things in perspective. i thank God every day for my health. and i pray daily for loved ones who aren't in good health. my mom's car accident years ago was the most paradigm changing event of my life, as far as mortality and health issues. i think we all have wake up calls in this regard. since i mentioned my mom, i want to thank you all again for your prayers. she is doing well, still experiencing very few symptoms. she had fluid removed from her chest last week, but she has bounced back from that very well.
last week, i took grey's 6 month photos, right on his 6 month birthday. i love this shot so much.
i love it so much that i already have it framed and on the wall!
this one is sweet too-
my obsession with baby toes has not subsided!
i finally photographed a couple of layouts i've been working on, in the few nights that i've made it up to my studio-
i adore jenni bowlin. both her personally, and her products! i'm having fun playing with her new stuff!
i had such good intentions to do a project a month around the house....but it just didn't happen in february. i have continued to sort through and purge throughout the house, so i suppose i could cheat and say that i've done that! i went through the island in the kitchen (which has 4 junk drawers!) and i've done a bit more in the basement, but that's about it. i have spent a good deal of time working on website stuff. i'm a little discouraged about it right now, because i was customizing it even further last night and messed something up royally. i'm working with tech support right now to try to get it fixed up. i am not a techy! but i am really excited about having it up and running! i'll keep you posted!
here's a quote from "purpose driven life" that fits in well with the changes i'm trying to make:
"when our schedules become overloaded, we start skimming relationally, cutting back on giving the time, energy, and attention that loving relationships require. what's more important to God is displaced by what's urgent.
busyness is a great enemy of relationships. we become preoccupied with making a living, doing our work, paying bills, and accomplishing goals as if these tasks are the point of life. they are not. the point of life is learning to love-God and people. life minus love equals zero." rick warren.
here's another quote from the book that i like:
"purpose-driven living leads to a simpler lifestyle and a saner schedule. the Bible says, "a pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life." it also leads to peace of mind: "You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in You." rw
it's interesting to me, that our church is "full life church".
today is joshua payton, ( known as payton)'s birthday! he is 7 today! he is so tall and grown up. when he hugs me, he's almost up to my shoulders! we always compare our hands and feet in size and he has almost passed me up already! i love my little artist bud.
happy birthday payton!
God bless each of you! have a great weekend!