I don't know about you (all), but I really enjoy when the Lord offers the opportunity to see where we've been and where we are going.
In the last couple of days, I've realized the choices we've made that have really held us back from living the life we've been wanting to live. Last night we had the opportunity to sit and talk about it all, so now here I am to share with you ;0
For as long as we can both remember, we've been dedicated to our work. Spending so much time at the office, traveling, etc, we have really skimped on 'living' life by just doing things; going places, being social, being actively involved in not only other's lives, but really involved in our own lives as well.
Just recently, I had been thinking to myself that I've been off of work for two years, and still it doesn't feel like much had changed in that realm. Feels like it's mostly just the three of us and we're pretty much always home. Not that there's anything wrong with either of those two things; we've quite enjoyed our time together at home :) HOWEVER, towards the end of Tyler's crazy work hours, I was realizing: it hasn't just been this summer (with this project) or since October (with the CE project) or just the travel with JAMZ or just the side jobs...we'd been 'waiting' to DO life once things were done, but they continued to come to us one after the other.
I finally got to the point, about the first week of July that I wasn't going to wait for Tyler's schedule to allow for Emma and I to do things. We'd been not planning things with others, or turning down invitations because we couldn't all attend. Some of you may be thinking, WHY?! I guess when there continued to be the it's (project/season/whatever was going on) 'almost' done season and hope for it being done...and in the mean while lots of time had gone by. WELL, I finally accepted invites regardless and set out to DO things. And it's been GREAT!
Then Tyler being done with working the 80 hour work week, we've continued rolling with it getting together with family, having people over (so we're not just vegging at home;0), going out to the mall and dinner last weekend for Emma's birthday and just this past weekend, going to the lake Saturday and the beach yesterday.
It feels like we're a a family unit, doing things together (okay...because we are;0) and it feels awesome!
Sad that it took us this long to get here, but grateful we're here none the less. Now the challenge is to continue this pattern - and no, not crazy doing stuff day in and day out NEVER being home, just including int in to our weeks, ya know? Our pact is that we speak up next time we see ourselves falling back in to the old rut.
We see ourselves turning another page in life and starting a whole new chapter. We are refreshed. We are enjoying right where the Lord has us at this moment. It feels awesome.
Tyler's on (a well deserved) vaca this week, so hoping to have a chance to upload some pics and share them at some point!