Family Lake Birthday Weekend

Another year come and gone before I even had time to blink.  It is hard to believe how fast time is passing me by, but it was so nice to slow down and enjoy this weekend with the ones I love the most.  This picture of my sweet boy pretty much sums up how I feel about this weekend.  All the warm and fuzzies going on over here.  Happy as a clam and soaking up my beautiful family.  Birthdays seem to bring out time for reflection.  I am always thankful, but this weekend I really stopped to take in my surroundings. I am blessed beyond measure to be loved by a big God who is always there for me and loves me unconditionally. I am married to the most wonderful man in the world, didn't even know they existed like him.  My children fill me with more love and joy than I ever knew was possible.  I have an amazing family and truly wonderful friends.  I say all of this not to have a brag moment, but to acknowledge all of the wonderful loved ones around me.  I hope I never take one second for granted.  Life is so short and we are blazing through it at lightning speed.  Do you ever have those moments when you look around and think, it just doesn't get any better than this?  Honestly, that scares me to death.  I never want to become complacent, especially in my walk with Christ.  My biggest fear is that I start to think I have all of this happiness and start to rely on him less to fulfill me.  I am humbled to know that there is nothing I can do to earn or deserve His love and mercy.  My heart breaks for others I know going through earthly sorrow, but as I see their walk with Christ growing intensely I cannot help but want that too.  Of course not the pain, but I want to depend on Jesus for my every breath and to live the life He has laid out for me with a passion for Him.  So this next year, and all of the ones that follow, I devote to deepening my relationship with my creator and to honor His blessings in my life.  I pray that I can love my husband and my children through the overflowing of His love on me.  I pray that I can be a blessing to those around me, especially this little nugget of love.
 
 
We had an amazing weekend.  A few of our friends and their babes joined us for part of the time and the kids had a blast.  Boat rides, swimming, playing on floats, eating way too much junk, staying up late, that is what fun times are made of.  And of course, Edgar's strawberry cake!
 




 
Another exciting weekend of firsts for my boy too!  This was his first trip to the lake. Well, he went once when he was 2 months old, but he didn't get to do any fun stuff.  He was a trooper about the annoying life jacket and absolutely loved the boat rides.  He would go from standing, dancing excitedly to sitting beside me just relaxing and holding my hand.  He is the most chill baby ever and so precious he melts my heart!
 

 
Olivia has always loved being at the lake.  Her favorite thing was playing on the big blue mat since she has become a little skittish of the water lately.  She danced to the music, drove the boat with Daddy and played her little heart out.  I cannot believe my beautiful baby is about to turn 3!
 



 
Monday, my actual birthday, it was just Chad, me and the kiddos.  The weather was the best of the trip and we all played until we were ready to pass out.  I could not think of one other thing I would rather have done on my birthday.  Thank you to every one who made me feel special with calls, texts and don't forget facebook messages ;)
 



 
Here is to 32!  I just know it is going to be great!
 



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