Monday, June 20, 2011

Pity Party for 20 please

This is dedicated to some very good friends who made our lives a little better for a few short hours this weekend. Thank you.

Everything is fine.
Everything is great.
Here are some beautiful pictures of my wonderful family!
This is what we did, where we went and who we did it with.
Everyone is smiling.
Everyone is happy.

Except that it's not. But I haven't told you that. I haven't, despite my promise to be honest with you all, been completely honest. It's a lie by omission. It's a half truth. It's the bright side, the sunny side. The side that gets readers to look and oooh and ahhh and the cute kids and the pretty flowers and the fun projects.

But it's not the whole truth.

The whole truth is, things are HARD right now.
The complaints about the commute? They are really just the cover-up for the $100.00 a week I spend on gas that I can't really afford.
The pictures of outdoor dinners? They are just a cover-up for the too small house that holds 4 adults, 2 kids, a dog, 3 cats and a whole host of issues that I can't even begin to talk about in one post.
Every day has been a struggle around here lately, making ends meet is always a challenge.

And to top it all off? my job will be ending soon and no one really knows what to do about it or how to handle what is coming.

Our friends and family have been having a whole host of awful problems to deal with too (losing houses, cancer, losing jobs, losing cars, feeling bad in general).

So what did we all decide to to this weekend?


We ran away.
We decided that the worry, the problems, the lack of money would all be there when we got back.
We decided to take control of the only thing we could this weekend and leave everything behind us for a few precious hours.
We decided that LIFE IS TOO SHORT.
We decided that we all needed a laugh, a moment, a smile, a feeling.

We went to the lake and for a few short moments, we didn't care. We didn't worry, we didn't cry, or sigh or crab or think.

We LIVED, like we haven't for quite a while.
We LIVED, like there was nothing in the world except then, and it was GREAT.

It was a wonderful fathers day for the dads, it was a wonderful Sunday for the rest of us.

To all those of you out there WAITING for the good to come I highly suggest it. Walk away, if only for a few short hours. BE. Breathe, laugh, look at the sky, the water and everything around you as if it were the only thing there. Everything else will be there when you get back.

Honestly? WHAT IS THE POINT of this life, if we never take the time to live it.

Special thanks to our good friends for taking us out on the boat. It was Autumn's first time tubing and she did great, it was Lili's first time EVER on a boat and she loved it.

Thank you friends for taking the time to be ALIVE with us, to enjoy the sun and company. To talk about nothing and everything. To be a part of our lives in a meaningful way and helping our children understand what life is all about.

It's not about the breaths you take, it's about the moments that take your breath away.
(ok that might have been a little deep even for me, but true)

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