The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! My heart is bursting with gratitude for what God has done this year and it’s not even over yet. Every time this year I thought, “aha, I get it,” God opens my eyes yet again to the wonders of His divine and perfect plan – teaching me that the goal isn’t to “get it,” but to follow in patience and love. Every year, I truly think that my heart has grown in its capacity to love Big Man, and yet, 2013 has brought our marriage into a completely new chapter. I didn’t think it possible, but I love him even more than that freezing January night when I met him at a little candlelit chapel to promise forever and always with him.
Boy, have I learned so much this year. Some of the hardest challenges and biggest letdowns have been victories in disguise as God’s hand showing me that integrity matters most. And sometimes making things happen doesn’t look like glitter-covered photo shoots (although super fun!), but making tough decisions. So thankful for friends like Christina who demonstrates so gracefully – both the glitter and the tough decisions aspect – of making things happen.
Sometimes, you have to put away the PowerSheets and just share your heart with a kindred spirit miles away on a Skype chat, e-mail, phone call or down the street over sushi. Seriously, I have signed off or drove home with tears in my eyes just from gratitude for good people. I treasure these people so very much. “Wherever your treasure is there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21
My heart bursts for good people. Good stories fire me up. Creatives who see themselves as artists first make me so happy I could do a dance. People who understand the importance of being honest and just play make me want to sing their praises to the rooftops. Hearts that beat faster for good fellowship, loving extravagantly and living simply echo my heart and life’s desire. “Make it your ambition to lead a simple life.” – I Thessalonians 4:11
So, for the next month, I’m not going to be busy. I’m boycotting busy and embracing people. I’m taking a break from the blog and hugging a farmer, or a goat…whichever I find first. Social media will be limited, some may even be permanently deleted (yes, you read right), and replaced with snuggles by the fire with Big Man. My December goals look nothing like the past 11 months – no to-do’s, only adventures. No urgent e-mails allowed, just a bit of fun business and handwritten notes. Worry and doubt will be traded for long phone calls to my Granny and other faraway family.
Y’all, I’m excited. Big Man is excited. We’re so excited to spend the entire final month of the year devoting out time to celebrating each other, loving others and going on adventures. Life is too short. Also, I honestly cannot think of a better way to prepare for an amazing 2014 than to spend this month living as much as we possibly can.
Here’s wishing you all the happiest of holidays from my heart!