Thursday, March 6, 2014

What happens when you're planning something else

Oh. My. Goodness.  You guys. 

Life has been rough the past little while.  But, my dad always says that "Life is what happens when you're planning something else."

Getting so big already.

My favorite mess-maker.

So despite the curve balls and constant roller coaster of emotions I have been experiencing, as I write this all I really seem to feel is gratitude.  Because even though this past month has contained events that I never imagined I would experience, it also has contained some of the sweetest every-day moments I've ever noticed.  And maybe that's what being confronted with your loved one's and your own mortality does--it helps you to see the beautiful little things that make up a life. 

Snuggles with babies, hot baths, a kiss from my husband, London giggles and dress-up high heels.  Sunshine and rainstorms and friends who bring dinner.  Chocolate chip cookies and Disney songs belted at the top of your lungs.  Finger paints, perfectly organized binders, resolutions, crisp new paper.  Pinterest (I so went there).  Unexpected messages from friends and family.  Date night, sweet dreams, Sundays, a new book to read.  Smiles from strangers--people who let you in when you're trying to merge. Going to bed after a long day, chocolate from a hidden stash, hearing the words, "I love you."  Saying the words, "I love you."  Inside jokes, reminiscing, the feeling at the end of a workout, and chubby baby thighs.

Picnic with friends.

London's view 1

London's view 2 (please ignore our seriously disgusting carpet!)

I have to tell you, despite the extreme lows and the unexpected highs this last week, I have never felt so wonderfully and gloriously alive

P.S. For those of you who missed the big facebook announcement, my dad was just diagnosed with lung cancer.  Please remember him in your prayers, he is truly one of the most inspiring men I know.


Jess said...

Lauren I love you. Who have always been such a strong example in my life. Thinking and praying for you always.

{Katie & Taylor} said...

Lauren, so sorry to hear about your Dad, we are thinking of you and your family :)

Autumn said...

You and your family are so gracefully handling everything...and your beautiful writing shows how much that is shining through.

Thinking of you and of y'all.

Chris and Paige Evans said...

Your girls are so adorable. I hope you move here so I can play with them :)

Thinking of you lots and praying for your dad's health.

Kathryn said...

This is such a beautiful and moving post. Praying for you and your family, Lauren.

robertandsharon said...

You are such a great writer and this was one of your most beautiful posts. Love you!

SupaFlowaPowa said...

so beautiful Lauren! I totally feel you - I have been such a crank ball today - potty training is the most frustrating thing ever - right when you think they got it - they don''t and I've just been so frustrated with crying and "mommy I want you to feed me" or other "wants" - anyway - I love how you said you just feel alive despite it all - sooo sooo amazing.

Your dad will be in our prayers - I'm glad you said something here cuz I'm avoiding facebook.