February 19, 2010

Looking Ahead

Does it need to be said - it's snowing here again today. We are closing in on the 5th snowiest winter on record and obviously we aren't done yet, so first place may be attainable. Whoopee? Well, there's nothing left to do but laugh and look ahead! And we have many exciting things coming up in our lives, including some really big milestones.

In the near future, we have a dinner invitation from friends for tomorrow night, and there's nothing like good fellowship to boost your mood.

We'll also be getting our latest delivery of grass fed beef this weekend, which makes one dream of steaks on the grill - once the grill's legs can be wrenched from the ice that is.

We're looking forward to a couple of road trips too, the first of which will be in March, when we'll travel to Colorado to hear our DD's choir perform at the end of their Spring Break singing tour of the Pacific Northwest. We have lots of family in Colorado and it will be great to visit and enjoy the concert with them too.

The first of the approaching big milestones, and without a doubt the most amazing, is my Grandmother's 100th birthday! There will be so much more to say about this day, but for now I've gotten a start on buying the paper ware and figuring out how to make the reception area look festive and bright. I'm having a good time with it and I'm more than happy to put my mind to work on this happy day.

Part of my excitement over Grandma's birthday is that two of my three siblings are coming for the party and will be bunking at our house! One from Alaska and one from California. Needless to say, we don't get to see one another very often, so this is an amazing bonus! Looking ahead to their visit is jump starting us once again to finish some organization projects around here, including filling up these fantastic ornament containers that we ordered from organize.com. I love these containers because each layer is removable and stack-able, so I can easily access our collection each Christmas without having to dig through a sea of tissue wrapped ornaments piled into a tub. I love to change-up our tree every year and this will make it a lot more fun!
Having house guests on the way is always our best boost for project completion. And actually this is one of several projects that is part of something else that's ahead of us - putting our house on the market. We have the intention of moving to Des Moines and making that big transition. We're definitely looking forward to that and I will write much more about that in the future.

There's a whole lot of planning going on around here for another trip, and another big milestone. We will be celebrating 25 years of marriage in May! It took us a while to make a decision about what we wanted to do, but Lord willing, it looks like we will be waking up to sunrise over the Grand Canyon on that special day. We have secured an elusive cabin reservation right at the rim of the canyon, and that's where we'll spend part of our vacation. Now that is something to look forward to right?! My DH has mapped out a great route and we're really looking ahead to this time together.

So I'm looking past the snow, looking ahead to wonderful days to come, but also always keeping in mind - Psalm 118:24 - "This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Even snowy days, upon snowy days are cause for thanksgiving!

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