This last weekend my daughter got married. There was so much to take in – and I didn’t want to miss ANYTHING. Sometimes we get over stimulated and we are not able to really exist “in the moment”.
I have many “moments” in my life that will forever be imprinted there – like an old black and white photograph. They stay with me – no matter how much time goes by – and each new day there is the possibility of yet another one of those – because sometimes life just “happens” and we are not aware of the impact when right there in the moment.
Some of my moments are:
– asking Jesus into my heart – looking out my window when I was four years old
– driving my parent’s car to high school for the first time after getting my license
– going to a bon fire in the woods with friends
– singing at “All State” choir
– one drama performance where I had to wait under covers onstage
– sitting at Juanita Beach after sunset with my boyfriend
– driving to Snoqualmie Falls in my boyfriend’s jeep
– saying “goodbye” to my boyfriend in the parking lot when going away for 3 weeks the summer of 1978
– high school graduation singing with my choir
– singing at the moon and taking a stroll with Greg – when I first met him
– knowing Greg was “the one”.
– walking down the aisle at my wedding and looking up at how beautiful everything was
– Ashlee being born – they put her on my chest and she looked at us with her big eyes
– watching Ashlee walk for the first time
– Shawn being born – humming the Brahm’s Lullaby to him when everyone was gone
– watching Shawn walk for the first time
– singing at my Grandmother’s funeral
– pulling into the driveway of our home – before buying it
– crying with Ashlee in her bed after she had a rough breakup
– being at “The River” in Ellensburg with a special friend
– opening night of any theater production I’ve directed
– watching my best friend lose her husband to cancer – standing at the graveside
– hugging a good friend in my driveway last December – remembering the tears and light mist as we stood there
– going through a traumatic situation last winter – seeing first hand the power of prayer and of God in our lives
– watching my daughter try on her wedding dress for the first time
– seeing Ashlee on her wedding day – at the other end of the hall with her Dad – blowing her kisses
– watching Greg and Ashlee dance to “Unforgettable” at the reception
– seeing Ashlee and Drew “off” after the wedding – (see picture below)
What are your “frozen moments in time”? I know you have many. Enjoy them – they are what make your life unique. I pray they are mostly joyful memories – filled with laughter and happy tears.