Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Celebrate the Season You're In

I've been in fast-forward mode lately. My life doesn't look the way I thought it would when I was dreaming ahead six months and a year ago. We don't have a child, nor is one on the way. I've finished college but have little desire to find a position and the market is way down right now anyway. I'm getting antsy and uncomfortable -- I'm ready for the next season of life. But that, dear friends, is not under my control.

I came to the realization late last week that I've just got to get over this. All I'm doing is wasting the time I do have, wishing I were able to do something else. This season of life is special and fleeting. For only a short while do I have the freedom to do whatever I want.

This kind of thinking is exciting. It's how I ended up in Sarasota, Florida over my husband's 4 day weekend.
Our adventure was COMPLETELY unplanned. We got up at about 8am on Friday morning and were just going to go to breakfast at the Cracker Barrel. By 9am we were on the road to Florida. We picked up Shaune's best friend on our way through Clarksville, TN, so he could come to. We arrived in Sarasota at 6am and slept in an Office Max parking lot until we could get ahold of Shaune's friends who live in the area.

We drove 21 hours each way to spend about 36 hours laughing and playing on the beach. Our friends took us out in their speedboat -- we got to cruise along the Gulf of Mexico in the beautiful mid-afternoon sun. We saw author Steven King's house and picked shells. I even got to pet a wild dolphin!

I still wish I were in the next season of life. I still desperately want a house full of children. However, I realize now I can't just sit around waiting and miss the life that I already have. I'm in this season for only a short time. I don't know what God's up to, or what comes next. All I have is today.

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8


Amy said...

That is simply awesome. I love it! I'm so glad you decided to take a quick jaunt out of town....on a whim....on the way to get breakfast, no less! What fun, what fun! Thanks for letting us all share in it.

Mrs. G said...

What she said! Enjoy this season, I could *never* pull that off now, an excursion to the Dollar Store requires a battle strategy, lol.

Sarah Jane said...

Oh, the pictures are wildly beautiful! I love the one of you with arms outstretched, running along the beach. And the last one. :) So very sweet and romantic.

I have been and will keep praying the Lord will bless you with the desire of your heart but - as the other ladies have said, and you have said too, enjoy this season! :) I am almost envious you were able to take a spur of the moment trip. With 3 little ones under 3 years of age, we would NEVER be able to do that. Our biggest trips nowadays are to Peoria to go grocery shopping or to stop at Jo Anns.

One thing I realized very quickly after our babies came, was that they really take away alone time that I used to have with David. I really miss spending time with him, having fun with him, ALONE. It almost NEVER happens now. I mean, like, in the past year we've gone out alone TWO times. So enjoy life alone with your hubby while you can - it is a precious time and you will like back with fond memories on it once you have a house full of little ones!

Organizing Mommy said...

Wow! What a neat adventure!! Guess what? God's saying that you have to get it all in before babies. It will happen soon. Waiting is the worst part. And I totally dropped the ball on the visit thing! oops. O.K. It would be fun to have you and your hubby visit on a weekend, so we can fellowship together. What weekends are available?

Jenny P. said...

Thank you all. It's been a blessed change of mindset these past few days. And now, once those kids do show up, we'll have pictures of "how cool Mom and Dad used to be"!