So I got a day behind, which was not surprising to me. Fridays are hectic and hard for me because there’s work and then I’m heading south to get home and I want to spend time with my sweet, lovely husband and not on a keyboard. It’s always a balance – trying to figure out how to balance spending time working on my writing and my posting with spending time with my family and the people who are important to me. Right now I’m managing to write simply because Sweet Husband is still asleep. I’ve given myself an hour. I get an hour to get caught up and then I have to get back to spending time with my family.
All of that to get to yesterday’s prompt from Kat McNally –
Today’s prompt and image come from my dear friend and sister wordsmith, Alana Lawson, whose friendship, support and inspiration continues to be one of the most precious things in my life.
“True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by.”— E.S. Bouton
There are so many “precious things” that are presented to us each day; discoveries and treasures found in simple moments, memories we wish to store in our hearts and keep with us forever.
What precious things have you gathered in 2013?
Which memories from this year do you wish to keep with you always?
She is right that there are so many precious things. I have a box full of them. In no particular order:
- Ringing in the new year with just Sweet Husband. It was a quieter NYE than he is used to and one that he doesn’t want to repeat, but it was lovely to me to have us do the First Footer as well as a whole host of other traditions. Just the two of us. It was sweet and lovely and special.
- Mardi Gras in New Orleans with friends. Mardi Gras is something special. I would have never guessed it before I moved here, but I love it. Sweet Husband and I love to go to our local parades – the ones in Biloxi and Gulfport (right around the corner from our house) and we really love the ones in New Orleans. It’s not party atmosphere, although that helps quite a bit; it’s the spending time together and enjoying each other.
- Photo workshops in New Orleans. I love American Photo Safari. They’re offering a few new workshops this year, and I need to save my fives so I can get over there to take them.
- Watching Sweet Husband officiate a wedding. Friends got married on the beach down here, and it was a lovely, beautiful ceremony. Unfortunately the marriage has encountered difficulties and may not last, but that reminds me that in order to make this thing work – particularly now that we are apart most of the week – we must remain ever-vigilant. Rough times come and they will go as long as we continue to talk to each other and love each other through them. Our commitment to each other has to be stronger than our commitments to anything or anyone else.
- St. Patrick’s Day at our place with the Wimberly’s and the Penton’s. It’s become a tradition (2 years in a row now), although since both the Wimberly’s and the Pentons will have babies for this coming year’s St. Patrick’s Day, who knows what will become of this year.
- Our anniversary trip to the beach. The weather wasn’t particularly great beach weather – we drove in to a rain storm and wound up grabbing Whataburger to have in our hotel room. While it was beautiful on the beach, the wind made it chilly in the morning. It didn’t stop us, though, from getting on the beach and occasionally in the water. It was lovely to get away, and it reminded me that it is important for Sweet Husband and I to spend time together.
- Getting a new camera. I love it…and I’m determined in the new year to learn how to use it better. Sweet Husband and I discussed how to pay for it because it was a large expenditure. We decided that I would quit eating lunch out. And that’s what I did. And when I still had about $400 to pay on it, he finished paying it off for me. Part of why I love him. He’s such a very good man.
- The Sner’s Memorial Day visit. We went to Missouri to visit with the GrandSner and it was an incredibly rough visit for me. Not because of my GrandSner. Not because of those members of my family that are there and doing the work with GrandSner all the time. But because of the more caustic members of the family. It hurt me and I was furious and I allowed them to ruin that visit for me. So much so that I told Sweet Husband I needed another visit soon to replace the foul taste that one left in my mouth and he said OK.
- Fourth of July on the beach with Sweet Husband’s parents. It was a wonderful way to spend the day. We had a few fireworks of our own but really, we just sat in awe of all the big money spent by others.
- My friend Kristi’s visit. I haven’t seen her since I left Kentucky, and she’d been talking about coming forever. We had so much fun hitting the beach and New Orleans.
- The Great Tupelo Road Trip with Darcee. So much fun! In fact, I need to send her a message and see when she wants to plan something again. I’m ready for some time with girl friends.
- Sweet Husband’s reaction to my losing my job. Even though up until that point I’d handled paying most of our bills, he worries about money. I know this. And when I told him I was relieved, he said, “Let’s go celebrate then! Let’s send this of in style!” We had a few moments as my unemployment stretched on and he wanted me to do something – anything – to get some money coming in, but generally he was very supportive of where I was heading.
- My trip from Reno back home. The Sner and her husband gave Sweet Husband and I their 1992 Jeep, which necessitated a trip to Reno so I could drive it home. I got to spend time with the Sner, my best friend Amber (whom I haven’t seen since my wedding), my best friend Shannon, and my best friend Cari. These are the women who have known me the longest and who sustain me. I needed them.
- Finding a new job.
- The Seafood festival with Sweet Husband.
- Thanksgiving with the family.
- A bonfire with friends.
- The Black Friday Races with Friends.
- Decorating the Christmas tree.
I sometimes forget, but it’s an incredibly blessed life I live. What are some of your incredible moments from the year?