You know that feeling where you are just engulfed in gratitude? So full and content? It started Thursday after I dropped Mr. Gray off, and it completely overwhelmed me last night. Mr. Gray’s trip has reminded me so much how loved we are.
Thursday started with friends calling and texting to check on me after I had dropped him off at the airport. I have been so grateful for everyone’s prayers and thoughts while he’s gone–for me and for him. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t hard (hats off to those who are at home alone due to deployments and other situations that leave you without your spouse; wow).
Everyone has continued to check in on Baby Gray and I throughout the week and I have just continued to pray prayers of thanks for such amazing friends and family members to support us in all seasons.
Tuesday night, I got a message inviting me to dinner. Annie immediately said she’d watch Baby Gray so I could go (thanks, Mom!), and boy, did I need it. I was able to dress up a little and get out of the house for a bit to recharge. I even curled my hair–don’t mind the fact that it rained.
We enjoyed an amazing dinner to celebrate Dr. C’s birthday, and I left feeling so cared for and loved. The dinner wasn’t about me. I was just there. Everyone took time to ask about Mr. Gray and ask about how I was doing while he was gone. We laughed and enjoyed some time to just be friends–wihtout kids, without distractions.
I drove home (after a solo trip to Target–possibly my second trip of the day) with the sunroof open and the music blaring, just the way night drives were intended to be. I belted out some tunes (Mal, that title is for you) and reflected on the night. Tears of joy welled in my eyes from the time I left to long after I got home last night as I sat thinking about how incredibly blessed we are to have such amazing people in our lives–and I was only with a fraction of them! God has provided support for us beyond anything I could ever have imagined.
Beautifully written post and great reminder to take time to appreciate those around us!