The sounds of beautiful sax music fill the air, as I stop my new hand-stitched project for a moment, thoughts fill my mind of homemade gift ideas for the approaching holidays. Yep, I said it. The holidays are almost here and when you make things, it takes a long time, so better to be ahead than behind.
I get my first mammogram next week, my “baseline” as they call it. I would be lying if I said the thought of being smashed into a machine doesn’t make me nervous, but I know it’s important, and so I’ll do it. The one thing I have learned about diseases, including cancer, is the earlier you catch it the better. I don’t have any reason to think there’s anything wrong right now, but it is important they have a good picture of what my healthy breast tissue looks like.
As you’ve seen recently, Texas has been spoiling me with beautiful clouds. I don’t know if it was my own mother’s love of taking photographs of clouds when I was young that influenced this love in me for the sky, or if it’s just because the clouds are so pretty, either way, I love the sky. And I smile at the memories of pulling off the side of the road so she could snap just “one more picture” of the beauty above.
The tapping of the keys reminds me of Dash remarking how quickly I can type. School has been going well in the Taliercio home. We’ve got a good rhythm down, the kids are learning a lot more about technology, and patience, and so am I. Zane goes back to full-time in-person school next week, while Nick remains hybrid for the time being, and Dash will be remote all year… he’s thriving and it isn’t nearly as overwhelming as it initially was. For that, I’m grateful.
A friend recently asked what do you not miss about life prior to Covid-19. And while at the time I couldn’t think of anything, I have to say, the hurriedness I do not miss. The go-go-go and three busy kids and three different schools. It’s nice to slow down, to really absorb life, children, time together. I wish the same for you.
And so, the beautiful music from Nick’s sax has stopped now and I’m left with my thoughts and the tapping of the keys beneath my fingertips.
I’ll end by saying this, so much is going on in the world around us, so much pain, suffering, sorrow, and death but, oh I hope you see this too, there’s just as much joy to be found if we look for it, if we embrace it and if we receive it. My eyes are on Jesus, on eternity, and what that looks like for our lives right now. For me, that looks like love and grace, mercy and truth, and kindness – always kindness.