Monday, February 27, 2017

Thank You Life For The Curve In The Road

Most of my life I've been a straight road kind of girl. I like a nice smooth road laid out in front of me, with few twists and turns. Alas, life if NOT like that. Oddly the older I get those twists, turns, and road blocks are easier for me to deal. I know full well that majority of the time when we make plans, something else entirely happens. Yet we still make plans. Every season I make To Do Lists. The Lists contain ambitions, goals, fun things to do with and without the kids, and anything else that I would like to see happen. The past few years we've been crossing off our To Do Lists quite easily.

We've had some amazing adventures, road trips, and all around fun in our day to day life. My goal in life is to find the fun in everything and we manage pretty darn well. I scanned over our To Do List for Winter and Early Spring 2017 and laughed to myself. Only three things have been crossed off that list.

We've hardly had any snow so sledding hasn't happened and neither have our learn to ski classes as our weekends have been taken up with packing. We're not taking our big February trip to Texas as planned (we would actually be there now if we had stuck to the planned schedule). Instead, life gave us curve in our road. Instead of traveling straight on our path, we made a sharp turn and started on a different direction. 

We decided to buy a house. Not just any house, but THE house. The house that had all of the charming characteristics we love in older homes, in an area we love. It's also THE house that we didn't want. It needs work. It needs updating. It needs.....quite a bit of TLC. We have yet to move and have an entire list of little projects that needed done. I didn't want that. I wanted to keep doing our fun To Do Lists. I didn't want a yard to maintain, a house that will be filled with DIY projects, and the last thing I wanted was more house to clean (but we need the extra space so there's not much I can do about that one).

All I can say is....thank you life for the curves in my road. You seem to send me the in the "right" direction whenever I try to take the other way. You seem to place me in just the right spot at just the right time or send me signals that get me to where I need to be. I may not always realize it right away, but all of the curves and turns have been the best things in my life. While I may not have gotten to do the things I was pretty sure I wanted to do, I am grateful for the things I am doing instead. I'll just keep adding them to The List until they're accomplished in some way.