When we spend our days pining for better and forget to enjoy the now. When we cope away the misery just hoping for something to change and suddenly time is gone. When we settle for "okay", "fine" and "normal" to stay comfortable and feel safe and realize there is a deadness that has set inside you. A hopelessness.
The fight that is called living is tiring and weary sometimes. It comes with aches and pains. It comes with tears and exhaustion. It comes with having hate sometimes and fear other times. But it also comes with something else. It comes gut teary eyed laughter and butterflies of happiness in your stomach. It comes with feeling the splashes from your kids in the pool and not just getting wet from them but feeling so much more. It comes with snuggling up at the end of the day and feeling filled up with life. Even when you aren't where you want to be.
When you open yourself up to feel you will feel it all. The bad yes, but also the good... You REALLY feel the good and it will bust out of you. It's not fake. It's not put on. It's not a lie. It's not an "oh everything is fine we are doing okay". It's not a front. It's not a mask. You don't care so much about what other people think. You don't carry the weight of walking on eggshells and being delicate around others. You just...LIVE.
So Saturday was the official first day of Summer?! Problem is it has felt like summer since school let out so...
I guess we "celebrated"... We DID bring home a new family member!
She has jumped right into being apart of us and tried right away to do everything we were doing. No fear. Nothing but sheer curiosity, begging little eyes and a wagging little tail curled up in the air!
More pictures coming soon! The last 3 days life has been about nothing else but getting her settled and getting used to her being here!
(More pics coming soon...you KNOW it!)