February 03, 2014

Welcome back! I've missed you.

It's been a while since I have visited my little corner of the world here.  The cause was a happy absence.  The months of July, August, September, October and November were the most fast paced and the happiest of my life so far.   In some ways, I feel like Kern and I crammed a year of living into 140 days, but I am glad that we did.  

During that time we celebrated with friends in Madison, Brookhaven and DC.  We planned a wedding, traveling back and forth from DC to Mississippi once a month. We found an apartment. We worked normal hours at our jobs.  We furnished an apartment and I re-did 4 pieces of furniture.  The next few weeks will be a fun rewind taking you back to parties and furniture projects that I completed in 2013.

Once the wedding was over, we launched into full fledge holiday mode: Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas and New Years.  When we returned to work and the dust settled, I was relieved for a routine.

With my mind finally free from "must-do-now" wedding planning obligations, I took the opportunity to sit back and reflect on the past year and begin to think about what I wanted 2014 to look like.  Throughout the Christmas season, one verse kept sticking in my mind, and it continued into the month of January:

"But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart."
Luke 2:19

This verse is quietly tacked on to the end of the Christmas story.  The reader is often still in awe of the birth of Jesus, but all of a sudden, here is this little verse that reminds us that when big and amazing events are happening around us, it is wise to stop and make a conscious effort to remember the details and consider the good, bad, scary, happy or funny moments.

When we take time to ponder, we are opening our minds to reflection and learning--two tools that God loves to use to teach us.

May your 2014 be filled with all kinds of memories--from the exciting to the mundane--and may you take time to ponder these moments and learn what God is teaching you.

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