There’s so much work to do in ending a month and preparing another one. And I am just seriously wiped out. Things are getting done but there are now piles that I dug into that now need to be cleaned up. I’m keeping up with texts and emails and making my bed most mornings but this busy is kind of wild.
I see how important it is to know when in a day you’re going to complete whatever that “thing” is. Like today, I will be volunteering – FOR THE FIRST TIME – as a facilitator at The Warm Place in Fort Worth and I am super excited to be able to do it but by the time I get home tonight, I k-n-o-w I’m going to be exhausted. So, here’s to a post before I leave to experience that first (and attempt to beat the traffic).
Maybe I’ll get to a point one day where I prepare a week or three in advance, but I’ve embraced the creative process and accepted that moving fluidly in the mess is often what helps brings the beauty to the deadline.
Anyway, on to today’s prompt!!!
28 | THE TOP FIVE PHOTOS TO ILLUSTRATE YOUR YEAR SO FAR!
I’m consciously and unconsciously working through the anticipatory grief about my son graduating from high school in June and what that means for our lives afterwards. It’s so hard to wrap my brain around walking past his empty room week after week because…
He’s a hoot to hang out with.
He’s deep and considerate (most of the time).
He’s smart and keeps me on my toes.
And for the most part, he’s pretty easy to be around.
So the top five photos that illustrate the best of my year so far are all ones including him; my 17yo son.
It’s amazing that I even got this close with an imaginary kiss to pose for this photo.
This was us backstage at a concert to meet Joe Walsh and his lovely wife in honor of families of the fallen. It was the second, maybe third concert we’d been too and he handled himself like a champ. He sat next to some other folks in our group, but I could see him getting into it and enjoying it.
I so enjoy knowing that when he tells the story of going to “his first concert in Texas” he’ll have to say he went with me.
Just one of MANY powerful moments we experienced together in Guatemala in June.
My son had just shared his testimony and I was invited to share with the young boy in the middle who had a strong response to the words on my son’s heart. What I so appreciate about this photo is that my son is a bit zoned out but also acting as if it’s totally normal to see his mom pray over someone else. He’s not weirded out, knows where the power comes from and that his mother is sold out on living a faithful life.
A short weekend in Longview Texas. It was a great time to connect with one another between his coming home from one camp and preparing to leave for another. I was so emotional about this surprise reveal and though I can tell that it still makes him uncomfortable to see me cry, it was also clear that he was willing to give me that space and allow me to grieve as I need. I can feel his heart to want to protect me from the pain of the loss we share.
It’s just how we roll.
think know I’m hilarious, he disagrees and tolerates my attempts to make him laugh. We have so many photos like this before we get the posed shots. The candids are always my favorites, they just seem to tell more of the real story.
He forces me to loosen up. You may not be able to tell, but both of us are yanking on this sign. Me to turn it upright and him to keep it askew. Thank God he fights me on these little things so that I can handle change and flexibility. I can get so attached to a way of thinking and doing things that I’ll find myself fighting something before I even realize I’m doing it. He helps me be willing to let things go, let things not be perfect, to see the beauty in snapshots and stories that don’t look like everyone – or anyone – else’s.
I wonder which photos will rise to the top to best showcase my 2017.