This Year

I’ve been doing some reflecting lately.  And I realized that last year, Jeremy and I were in Belgium.  Traveling together is one of our favorite things to do as a couple and last year’s trip was one of our all-time favorites.

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For Jeremy, it was the biking and for me, it was the waffles.  Just being honest.

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Last year and the year before we also spent Memorial Day at our favorite end of the year  volleyball tournament in Virginia.  We listed to John Denver’s Country Roads 100 times and found lots of fun treats to enjoy throughout the weekend.

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I have to admit, I really, really miss the volleyball.  Spring would usually mean Acad Club practices, tournaments, high school Spring League and volleyball at the church as well.  Watching Christian and his team play has been one of our favorite things to do because there’s something to say about the beauty of loving and supporting what your kids love.

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Last year, Ellee graduated from 6th Grade and it was so fun to celebrate her and all of her classmates as well.  We love our community and love the people in and being together is also something that we love and have passion for.

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Last year, we gathered for our Church Picnic

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And enjoyed some nice days with my parents who always visit late Spring.

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And there is definitely a little sadness that comes when I reflect on last year and that’s probably pretty normal.  Because this year, we are almost at 75 days of quarantining at home.  This year, everything was cancelled and some days, I really feel those losses.

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But this morning I read Isaiah 43:19 which says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”  

It’s okay to miss things but for me, if I’m too focused on the past, I will miss the great things that God is doing now.  And I don’t want to miss those things, because I know God is good and I know His plans are even better than I could ever imagine.

There are still many unknowns.  These days, it seems like all that is certain is that there will be unknowns.  But hopefully you can be encouraged as I was today, to know that God is making new things, and new possibilities to come.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.
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