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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Joy in Slowing Down

It's a cold December Friday in Houston, and I've spent the day with Reese and our pup, Henry, snuggled up on the couch only leaving our warm house for a quick trip to Starbucks this morning.

Just as Reese was smiling and giggling at me and Henry was dropping a toy to throw in my lap, I thought to myself, "There is literally nowhere else I'd rather be right now." I snapped this picture - soaked spit up bib and all - to remember that moment. 

In today's world, we talk about how busy we are like it's a badge of honor. 

And right now, I'm not living a busy life.

I'm not running out the door in the morning sans breakfast praying I have 5 extra minutes to spare for a coffee run. I'm not racing home in the evening trying to start dinner, do laundry, and spend time with my husband all before I'm ready to pass out at 9pm. 

Slowing down has given me so. much. joy. 

My cup is overflowing from days like today. I watched Reese try SO hard all afternoon to roll from her back to her belly - she gets stuck on her side and SCREAMS in frustration! I heard her sweet little hiccups during nap time through the monitor. We bundled up and took a quick walk to the mailbox. 

Everyone finds their joy differently. You might find joy in a career, in a hobby, in family and friends. We all have things that feed our soul, and it's our job to embrace them. Staying home right now with Reese feeds my soul like nothing else!

I pray that this babe grows up finding joy in all the little things - breakfast on Saturday mornings, family movie nights, and living in a house filled with unconditional love and endless laughter.

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