img_0016It’s been a while since I did just a regular blog post I enjoy putting up the devotions, but it’s taken away my time to be creative and put some thoughts down in electronic form.

But today I was offered the rare opportunity to sit in my PJs all day, sit up in my home office, and do some uninterrupted computer work. Today our second snow in recent days fell which was actually a blessing for me and my family. Tai picked up a case of pinkeye, so having school be cancelled allowed him to be happy about his predicament because he wasn’t missing anything fun. Because of the Epiphany party, we had so much leftover food, so Molly didn’t have to make her usual run to Kroger in LaGrange on Monday. So we all burrowed in and stayed warm.

Of course, the kids were outside playing in the snow at 8:30 in the morning with the children next door. They had a boogie board that they converted into a sled and zoomed down the hill in the backyard.

Molly made hot chocolate, a pot of soup that reminded me of something I remember eating at my grandmother’s house when I was young, and grilled cheese sandwiches. I got the fire going and it burned throughout the cold day.

It was one of those days that seemed special. We all have those moments where we just want to stop time and ponder the beauty of life. I’ve had a few of those in the last few weeks.

img_0015The other day, I was raking and burning leaves in the back yard. The kids came out to help gather the piles for me to throw onto the pyre. We had this humongous mound of leaves and so naturally, the kids began to jump into it. All three of them took turns, as if they were waiting to go down a playground slide. “1…2…3, JUMP!” they would scream, although in Liam’s growing vocabulary it sounded like “Un, ooo, eee, UMP!” That first consonant hasn’t quite emerged. They were having such a grand time, and I was standing there with my work gloves and my rake looking like how I remember my Papa when he was outside working. So I did the only sensible thing I could do.

I jumped in the leaves with them!

And I was so aware of how special that time was. You can’t create it. You can’t bottle it. You just step into the moments that are surprising and exciting and full of such grace.

So as I enter this new year, I am aware of the beauty life brings and can only hope for the courage to remember these snapshots when life is not quite this good.

I can honestly say I’ve never been happier than I am right now.

Thanks be to God for the snow day to help me realize it.

Jeff+