All Ahead Standard

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September 23, 2013 by comhomflt

Events like those that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard this past week, along with the specter of a looming deployment, tend to re-focus my mind on what truly matters in life. Certainly, a sudden loss of life causes me to contemplate my own mortality and what lies beyond, and that is necessary and wise. In addition, as a wife and mother, such events tend to make me more aware of the ordinary moments that usually rush by and cause me to savor the special times I do share with friends and family. These verses from Ecclesiastes remind us to do exactly that – because God does want us to enjoy life and because there are no do-overs on the other side of the grave.

“Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in [the grave] where you are going.” – Ecclesiastes 9:9-10

And now, a few of those ordinary moments I will be savoring throughout the coming months…

All Ahead StandardA 13.3 mile bike ride with a stop at a railroad station and a picture of my LT and the kids that will bring tears to my eyes a few months from now

All Ahead StandardToys, books, and kids…an ordinary sight on an ordinary day

All Ahead StandardOur Seaman sporting his big brother’s hat…cutest little Phillies fan

All Ahead StandardGetting creative (and no doubt shocking the neighbor lady) with a knife and a box

All Ahead StandardThree colorful “robobs” made from scraps of the box and now decorating my fridge

All Ahead StandardGiggles with Pepere

All Ahead StandardA picture MC2 painted for me in preschool; can you see the blueberries she picked?

All Ahead StandardProof that the silly genes DO exist on my LT’s side of the family;
this reminded us of a certain zany nephew of ours. :)

All Ahead StandardMastering their favorite 300 piece puzzle one evening

All Ahead StandardEnjoying one of the newly updated local playgrounds on our Friday night drive

And now, it’s on to our favorite season, so I will leave you with this, an excerpt from my most favoritest poem in the whole wide world:

“They’s something kindo’ harty-like
about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer’s over
and the coolin’ fall is here -“

If you know the author of this lovely poem, I’m sure we can be friends!


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