Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The BIG 3 - 5!

Last week I celebrated my 35th birthday and my dear husband whisked me off to Las Vegas to celebrate.  In spite of my strong reluctance, we had a wonderful time.  How did I spend our 48 hours away from our 3 kids?

Alot of this and this:

(A GREAT book!  I hope the movie lives up to the book.)

We also managed to catch this:

The Lion King at Mandalay Bay

and indulge in a bit of this:

Jean Philippe Patisserie at the Aria

Needlesstosay, the greatest gift was simply time to sit, rest and reflect.  I realized that my life now is nothing like I would've imagined... it is so much more!  More in so many ways... more exhausting, more fulfilling, more joyful and more precious.  5 years ago, I was enjoying a simple married life and teaching my little 3rd graders.  Silly enough, having kids of our own was nowhere on the radar.  I would have never guessed that 5 years later I would have 3 gregarious kids, be a stay at home mom AND have an outlet for my passion for design.  This is not to say life is perfect - far from it!  My dear husband has a demanding job that requires alot of sacrifice, parenting is never as clean, calm or clear as I'd like, add on top of that, marriage is hardwork!    I was reminded of 2 verses this year:

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future."  (Jeremiah 29:11) 

"Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 
(1 Thesssalonians 5:16-18)

Joy. Prayer. Thankfulness.

Couln't we all use more of that?

Thanks to Bud and all of our friends and family who made this getaway possible! 


Alan said...

enjoy the little things!=)

Lys said...

you guys have a full and wonderful life!! so glad you got to get away and celebrate your life and your marriage.

seattlegal said...

What fun! (jealous of that - Jon has vowed never to go to Vegas so I went with Kelly nearly 3 years ago).

LOVED that book. I want to see the movie but getting a sitter is impossible for us.

jmark said...

I am so glad you had a great time - you guys are such a blessing.


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