Sunday, July 21, 2013

In My Pocket


Sometimes life feels a little harder than it should. The carefree Summer of my dreams blurred into one mired in illness and fatigue.

But you'll have days like these.

Just as swiftly as they swept through June, they'll leave again. I'm sure of it.

In the meantime, we take the gifts as they are handed to us.
We wrap our fingers around them, memorize their shape, stow them safely in our pockets.




I went to a little party last weekend, and it did my soul some good.
The stars aligned and the air fell just right.

It wasn't what my kids needed, what Cory needed. It wasn't about helping or obligation or watching Silas from the corner of my eye.

It was just for me, and I guess that's allowed sometimes.

 
{Our gracious and lovely hostess.}


So, we basked. We reveled. We I took over 100 pictures, because there was more beauty than I could handle, and because the light kept shifting around. It begged to be captured. My mind wasn't enough for the memorizing.




We landed somewhere out in the deep end, and we decided to stay. Because these are some of my people. They are newish additions and half my youth. They shape me and encourage me.

They make me chocolate tarts and don't bat an eye when I keep going back for another one.

They love me. I love them back.








We stayed until the sun hiked down past the edges. We stayed 'til the bugs bit like they meant it. We stayed while the air thrummed then hushed, our shadows casting love on the walls.

We stayed while the music slowed and the glasses drained.




We stayed because all of us, every one of us, needed that night. We needed it then and we need it even more now. Because as Summer 2013 winds up, this is a memory we'll carry with us.

There will be a next time and it might involve sweatpants, under-eye circles, and 2-liters of generic Diet Coke. We'll hold it just as fiercely as the fancy, seeing the wonder in the simple and abundant gift of friendship, the coming together of all different hearts to walk together through all our come-what-mays.


29 comments:

  1. I love that you ended up in the deep end and everyone chose to stay....and anticipates another gathering!

    LOVELY, simple decor....that is SO not my "gift", but I would have enjoyed it immensely!

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  2. You are such an amazing writer. This was so very beautiful. I loved every last bit.

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  3. This will be the last thing I read tonight, as it just seems it should be that way...and the picture of Jessica, beautiful.
    ~g~xo

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  4. I was reminded today in church service that we have to learn to be content. We have to remember that God is in all our circumstances; the ones splashing around in the shallow end by the steps and the ones coming up for air in the deep end. It was all so beautiful and easy as I sat there feeling the Holy Spirit palpably around me. As God would have it, not more than an hour after I arrived home I was pushed into the deep end and it has taken me the better part of the day to remember and accept that it is for exactly this time that I need contentment and thankfulness that God is in this deep end circumstance as well. I am so glad that I have friends to walk through the "come what mays", too. Beautiful party! So glad you were refreshed and thank you for sharing it in pictures and words.

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  5. Those are the best moments and I'm glad you chose to revel in it! You're right, beautiful colors, light and yummy treats. You captured them well.

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  6. ooooohhhhh! these pictures!

    a serious matter that needs settling:
    are those your feet? because if so, you have claw toes. SO DO I. new club?!

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    1. Oh, my claw toes are legendary! I also suffered a rogue affliction of feet and ankle swelling the night of the party. It lasted 48 hours. I mean, it was hot out, but really????? I'm getting old. Or something.

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  7. This was a beautiful post filled with a time of renewing, being with friends, good food, color galore. Pretty feet with colored nails in colorful sandals. Sunlight and shadows. Memories made to be enjoyed whenever you need a pick-me-up. Thank you for sharing.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  8. it's too early in the morning for me to be laughing as hard as I am over Carissa's question to you up above.

    beautiful shots....the light was out of this world gorgeous, and the land and all that surrounded it....amazing.

    friendship is from God.....so glad you've got these peeps.

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  9. There is nothing like the gift of girlfriends and a beautiful evening outdoors with our Creator and chocolate tarts!!! Your gracious hostess reminds me of a sweet friend of mine, she's got the home and the gift of hospitality and a night there is like no other <3 Thanks for the sweet reminders of the "good things in life".

    On another note, I can't believe that we are indeed heading toward the wrap-up of the summer of 2013. I can't keep up anymore :/

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  10. I love your blog and everything you write. That being said what on earth are you talking about summer 2013 winding down, it is July 22 and my kids don't even go back to school until after labour day. What the heck we haven't even hit the dog days here? (Alberta, Canada) Sending you many more lovely summer days...

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    1. Homegirl - my kids go back to school AUGUST 9th!!!
      Makes me cry.

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  11. Those pictures, they were necessary. I could *feel* it, the light, the air, the peace and crickets and friendship. So glad you've got "people" who will love you like that! Everyone should, and should be "people" for others - we need eachother.

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  12. Thank you, friend, for capturing this special night so beautifully! This post is a gift to ME! <3

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  13. Girl, this is as dreamy as it gets. Makes me want to sit and sip and chat it up with you. Smiling that you had such a happy night with dear ones.

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  14. P.S. I am SO throwing a fancy girlie summertime party. It's happening! It would be a sin not to.

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  15. Beautiful photos - may inspire me to host a time of just being with my own friends. Happy you had this time of refreshing. We all need it don't we?

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  16. loved this post and you captured that dancing light perfectly:))

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  17. Looks like a true example of celebrating the moment. Thanks for sharing:)

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  18. I soooo need a girlie get-together. It has not been our best summer ever. These pictures made my heart happy. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Friends are good, no? You have such a positive, peachy attitude. Keep clinging to that grace, sister.

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  20. I never knew I'd say this, but I do love me some internet. So good to be with you like this. Love you, dearie.

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  21. i think this was a martha stewart photo shoot. there is no way this is real. ;)
    it. is. gorgeous.
    if i hadn't seen that crazy indiana corn with my own eyes i would never have believed it.

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  22. Just for you . . . Not only is that allowed, I believe it's necessary! What a lovely evening with some girlfriends. Beautiful . . . and not just the surroundings : )

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  23. What a great evening! I can almost hear the laughter and clinking of ice in the glasses! Love the pictures!

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  24. What a great evening! I can almost hear the laughter and clinking of ice in the glasses! Love the pictures!

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  26. gorgeous photos! thanks for sharing - loved being a part of your world for a minute :)

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