Life can be overwhelming. Work, meetings, and even church and family time can seem monotonous when it consumes your time every day. So some days, we just need those spoonfuls of sugar to help that medicine of daily life go down. Here’s a few sweet and goofy moments God has given me:
A New York City horse-drawn carriage ride at Christmas time. Believe it or not, my first ever carriage ride was two Decembers ago while I was visiting family for Christmas in New Jersey. My amazing mother treated all us girls (my two sisters and I) to a day in New York City. It was a textbook winter day in NYC. The weather was crisp but bearable, Central Park was beautiful, and Old Navy was full of cute clothes on clearance. I would not, however, recommend buying a huge bagful of clothes first thing, and then having to walk around all day like Santa.
A sunset over the water. Not only did I get to spend a memorable evening with my dad on Ocracoke Island, eating the best burgers and hushpuppies, but God painted the perfect sunset for us on the ferry ride back to Hatteras. It looks to me like the Seagull should be the North Carolina state bird instead of the Cardinal…
A nice quiet morning reading God’s Word. I love those peaceful, distraction-free mornings that I get once in a while. Combine that with fall weather, a blanket, and a cup of coffee, and I could sit there for hours in communion with the Lord. I always seem to be in a better mood on those days when I give Jesus that time.
A weekend camping trip. This is probably one of my favorite memories so far. When I was in Virginia for school, my mom came to visit me and took me camping at a beautiful site called Paradise Lake. We hiked a couple trails around the lake with all the fall leaves on the forest floor, roasted marshmallows over the campfire, and even carved a pumpkin we fondly referred to as Theodore.
A random gym teacher selfie with my sister. My sister and I love to be weird together. And sometimes that means messing around with Snapchat filters that make us look like a couple of 70’s gym teachers. When we travel to go see family, it always seems to bring out the crazy in us. But that’s what I love about my family: we’re weird, but we’re close.
So whether it’s a beautiful waterfront sunset, or a silly picture with family, God knows I need those moments to slow down and take a minute to be thankful for the not-so-common things in life.
What about you? Do you have any stories or crazy pictures that depict moments or your life that just felt like spoonfuls of sugar? I would love to hear them in the comments or at email@example.com!