Just a random list of things that I know that I thought I'd share with you:
I know that the smell of bacon in the morning not only makes me happy, it causes my children to get out of bed more quickly.
I know that there is nothing--nothing--like a dinner in a small town church basement. The food is all homemade and the pies--the pies--oh my heavenly days the pies! It instantly makes me feel like I am about 9 years old and visiting my grandparents.
I know that seeing an honor guard and hearing taps at a graveside is guaranteed to make me weep.
I know that driving 5 hours one way with my daughter to attend a funeral was a good way to spend some time with her.
I know that it was great to see family I hadn't seen for many years. I'm just sorry that we had to lose someone for it to happen.
I know that taking a detour on our drive and showing my daughter around my old university campus gave me the heebie jeebies because I am certain that I am not ready for that chapter of my life yet.
I know that hearing said daughter say: "Hey! I could pass for a college student. I totally fit in around here!" makes me want to clothe her in a burqa and stash her in a closet for the next 15 years or so.
I also know that that chapter will be here soon enough.
I know that toddlers are good medicine. Especially if they are not mine.
I know that visits with dear friends are also good medicine and do much to improve my disposition and frame of mind.
I know that I will never be ahead of the laundry.
I know that it feels good to be back here, writing and posting.
I know that I am grateful for all of you who stood in the gap for me, sent me notes of encouragement (even those of you who have never met me!), prayed for me, offered me real-life, long distance, and virtual hugs and who just let me know that I was not alone.
I know that even though the boulder is still there, I have people around me who not only offer encouragement in moving it, but they jump in and try to help me move it without asking about the details. And I know that feels pretty awesome.
I know that there is a Father who is near who loves my heart and cares for my soul and hears my prayers even when I don't know what to pray.
It's good to be back.