Gratitude

This March has been an eventful one! We celebrated my loves birthday, photographed some weddings, one of which was on our anniversary, celebrated our 12th year of marriage on a camper trailer getaway, and hosted our 8th annual More Than A Song event. Easter is in a couple days, and my birthday is next week! Woo hoo! I always love this time of year and getting to celebrate so many special occasions. At the wedding we were at on our anniversary, during the reception, it became time for the father and daughter dance. The song they danced to was the same song that my dad and I danced to on the same night 12 years ago. I was hiding my happy tears behind my camera as they danced. After we finished photographing the wedding we were at, Dan drove me to one of our special spots from our dating days. He surprised me with a song that he wrote and recorded for me while I was away for a few days. It was a song of our love story from beginning to end and a song he could sing to me until we are old and gray. As I listened to it, I watched the story of our life together play out in my mind. It was the most beautiful song that I’ve ever heard, and it’s ours ☺️. Every year around this time, I find myself reflecting a lot more on my life and where it’s taken me. I started writing this blog post not really sure what I wanted to share, I just felt led to start typing. It’s been a little while since I’ve shared some of my thoughts on here so I figured I’d start with the first word that came to mind. It’s a word that I’ve been using as a discipline to align myself with what matters in moments when I forget: Gratitude. I was recently flipping through the Magnolia magazine and read this quote by Melody Beattie: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more.” In moments of doubt, stress, anxiety, sadness, fear, hopelessness, or insecurity, I start thinking about everything that makes me happy. I start thanking God for everything He’s blessed me with in my life, even the little things. I’m still disciplining myself to do this and I’m in no way an expert at it, but I find when I do this I start to get lifted out of the rut I’m in and into the right perspective. It’s so easy in life to long for more, compare your life to someone else’s, to always be striving for what’s coming next, instead of embracing today and each moment as comes. It’s been a personal goal for me this year to get better at this. This world will tell you there’s bigger, there’s better, there’s more, you need this, you should have that, you’re not there yet. And while I believe that’s it’s important to have goals and dreams that you’re called to pursue in this life, and desires that God put in your life for a reason, it’s so important to not lose sight of today. One day at a time, or what I’m trying to practice; one moment at a time. What has God given you today? Start with the air that you’re breathing, the eyes that you see this beautiful world with, all the people in your life that love you unconditionally, the adorable pet you wake up to that gives you that extra dose of joy, or that amazing sunset that you watched fall over the ocean. Speak it out loud, remind yourself every morning, declare truths over your life, breath in each moment. This life is so precious and flies by so fast! Don’t miss what’s right in front of you because you’re looking over the fence. Embrace your life today, practice gratitude, and watch your level of joy rise to new heights. I’m praying God blesses all who read this and that He gives you a new perspective today. Love you all!

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