I have always loved this time of year. I love pulling out the winter clothes and coats. I love the warm colors and cool air. I even love how it gets darker earlier - it makes me feel cozy! But I think one of my favorite things is that it is a great time to reflect on the year that has almost passed. It is a time of processing and thankfulness - and this year has provided a lot of reasons for both!
One thing that I am processing is the number of gray hairs on my head!! They have probably quadrupled over the past 8 months! But it isn't the actual hair that I am processing ... it is the reasons for it. If you would have told me last November that one year from now we would be living in Littleton, Colorado I would have laughed and said that was crazy. If you would have told me that the reason we moved there was for Bryan to attend seminary ... I would have said that YOU were crazy! This was not our "plan." But God has a great way of lovingly (and often times not so gently) redirecting us to where we need to be. The circumstances around our decision to come here were hard, but so so good for us. We loved the people we were with and that was, in our minds, reason enough to stay where we were. But God had more for us - and I am so glad that we didn't miss it! He is deepening and sharpening us in totally new ways ... preparing us. We don't know what for yet - but we are excited for the ride!
Another thing that has probably caused a few more gray hairs is a little man named Drew! I cannot express to you how much I love that kid. He is a true JOY! But he keeps me on my toes and is teaching me to go with the flow more. We had some rough/frustrating spots this year - but I feel like we have turned a corner. Although he still isn't talking much (at least not words I can understand) ... he is understanding tons - and that has made all the difference. I am learning a lot about parenting and am so amazingly thankful to be surrounded by so many incredible mothers that I get to watch in action on a daily basis. And I pray that am a better mother because of them. Thanks DenSem mommies!