Monday, March 17, 2008

Okay, I'm back...

A young doe-eyed girl from Kansas once said, "There's no place like home". Right now, I couldn't agree more.

It's funny too because growing up I was steadfast in my plans to NEVER end up back home. Back in an upstate NY city, where just about anywhere else I visited seemed filled with more opportunity to grow & explore. Have lived in a bunch of cities & spent time in even more. I mean I was a flight attendant for goodness sake! If that doesn't tell you I like to be on the move & that I get terribly bored in one place, I don't know what would.

But here I am, practically living out Bill Murray's life on Groundhog Day each day, and there's no place I'd rather be. Well, until I get the itch to go somewhere again, HA! That just came out. I should delete it because it's contrary to my whole point, but it's staying.

Many different appts as well as exciting activities have drawn me away from home this past couple of months. And I have to say, I've only grown to appreciate home more. I adore my attentive & loving husband, though he was borderline clinically depressed while I was in Phoenix! I just can't hold on long enough to Carter lately. He seems to be so much more fun by the day, and so much more difficult to manage at the same rate. I'm deeply grateful for how loving each of them has changed me & caused me to grow more like Christ.

I got the fantastic opportunity this month to visit with my closest friends, who are more like sisters to me than friends, really. The red-haired one that everyone enjoys being around had a baby girl in Jan. We all landed in Phoenix from our respective cities across the US for a VERY refreshing MUST DO AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR gathering. Two of us are pregnant & due in the fall, one of us is moving to a swanky city in Europe soon, and the other is conquering lifetime goals one after the other. Oh it's the best to just laugh & carry on about things that we all find humorous, to make & enjoy food together, to share how our lives have changed & of course, to critique the final 3 collections on Project Runway. Loved it all. It's Boston, next, right ladies?

Coming home I couldn't resist the feeling that all of this time away-in Phoenix, with Women's conference stuff, about-town responsibilities & socials-just confirms to me that my heart is most content at home.

Back in college, my aunt told me that she hesitated when moving away from all of her family as a young married woman, but realized very quickly that home is wherever her husband is. I just never forgot that. Has certainly been true for me. And I realize that now more than ever.

Home: Dan, Carter, (& Rocco). There's no place like home. Pin It

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