I love being outside this time of year, and I have been filling my weekends with tons of time in the sun and exploring. This past weekend Bill and I went to an outdoor movie night with a few friends around the corner from our house on Friday night. The movie was Jurassic Park (so awesome right?) and there was a Korean BBQ truck and good beer… It’s how every Friday night should be. Isn’t there something so wonderful about watching a movie under the stars?!
Saturday morning Bill and I tended to the garden, picked oranges, and admired how much is growing (including that wonderful lettuce crop and tons of green tomatoes just waiting to turn red!). In the afternoon, we went up to LA with my sisters and brother in law and had incredible Thai food at Pok Pok LA, visited the Last Bookstore and checked out Grand Central Market LA. It is so nice to just go on a little adventure with my family and laugh together. I think the importance of laughter can be overlooked. Oh and guys, all of those places were gold. And so is my family. So it was a big win of a Saturday.
Sunday after a lovely outdoor morning church service, we met up with a friend and his wife at Bootleggers Brewery. I met him in Italy 10 years ago and catching up on the last ten years of life over beers in the sunshine was so refreshing. After that, we picked up our pup from the groomers (he sure doesn’t look like that picture anymore – insert tears… I hate cutting his hair) and headed home for an evening of food prep and reading before an early bedtime.
Typing this out seems silly, because it was a perfectly normal weekend. We all have them. A mix of practical and fun. We took care of important things, debated what really matters, discussed theology, ate yummy food, spent time with people we love and laughed. Recently I am reminded in those uncomplicated moments that the real joy and depth comes from becoming familiar during those times. Sharing a meal and laughing together bonds us more than we know. I am clinging tight to every moment with my loved ones these days and remembering that when life feels easy to find rest, because hard times come in waves, but you have to enjoy the good times while you are in them.
And these days are full of good times for me, and I will not take that for granted.