Back from another fun-filled and busy weekend with family and friends!
My family celebrated my grandfather’s 80th birthday on Saturday evening. It was a blessing to be able to celebrate his life and give him his roses while he’s here to enjoy them. He’s the only living grandparent that I have and he’s been a huge part of my life forever. I have fond memories as a child sitting on his laps listening to his stories or watching Matlock reruns.
During his celebration, I shared how much of an inspiration he’s been to me over the years and how he’s continuously motivating me to be better and better. He’s a very straight-forward man – he definitely says what he means and means what he says, but it’s always done in a non-condesecending way. He grew up in an era where family values were important and he passed that down to his children and grandchildren.
Whenever we talk, he asks me 3 questions: (1) “How’s your pastor?”; (2) “How’s your husband and the kids?”; and (3) “How’s your job?”
Faith, Family and Work – keeping those things in balance and harmony helps keep so much in perspective. I’ve been extremely busy and just plain tired the past month or so and I really needed the time to just step back and evaluate what was really important and what wasn’t.
I don’t want to get so busy being busy and not really accomplish anything of substance.
While reflecting on the life my grandfather has lived and the lessons he’s taught us over the years, I was able to really appreciate the opportunities I have had over the years and remind myself that in order to get what you truly want out of life you have to be willing to put in the work, sweat, and sometimes tears to get to the end result.
As I’ve said before, family is a precious gift – enjoy the time you have together; make lots of memories; be quick to forgive; and just love one another. There’ll be a time when you’ll be glad you did.