This is the Life

3.12.2012

On Thursday afternoon my friend and I picked up her son from school and headed to the beach club. They had an early release day so he was excited to see his Mom picking him up and he was even more excited to head to the pool. When we got there and found our chairs, he immediately exclaimed, "This is the life!" A few hours later when he was eating his lunch he said it again. We heard the same phrase several times throughout the day, each time with just as much enthusiasm as the last. We thought it was funny because he's been there many times, yet he was so excited and was soaking in every second of our time there.

Isn't it funny how we can learn the most important lessons from six year olds? It's so easy to get caught up  in thinking about what's next that we often fail to enjoy what's happening right now. I'll be the first to admit that I am just as guilty of it as the next person. Lately I've been feeling a bit homesick and I've even uttered the phrase, "I can't wait to go home!" several times. I've been daydreaming about where we might live next and how nice it will be to be back on U.S. soil. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling that way, I never want to look back on our time here and feel that I wished it away.

So, we may not have Target and Wal-Mart, and we may be thousands and thousands of miles from the people we love. The traffic may be insane and the cost of living might be a little on the steep side, but man- do we have it pretty good here. We are able to see and do things that I never dreamed of while living in a place that I never thought I would even visit.  I get to spend my days with my precious little girl and Jesse isn't missing out on these fleeting, sweet moments of our daughter's early life. We have a wonderful place to live and awesome neighbors that we can count on for anything. We have technology that allows us to see and talk to our family as if they were in the next room. We are healthy and we have everything we need.

Yeah- it might not be home and it might not be perfect, but, just like everywhere else, it is what you make it. So next time I find myself thinking about what's next I'm going to try remember that six year old's wisdom. Because- really....

This is the life!





Andrea said...

Such a sweet post. I feel for you being away from your family =( Although I can't directly relate to your situation, I know how horrible it feels to think that you wished time away, especially with E. Glad you are able to see the bright side. Have a great week girl!

Lindsay said...

Kids totally teach us to love the little things. Love this! :)

Lindsay said...

We always think it is greener on the other side....but not necessarily, right? So glad Jesse gets to be with you and Emerson, you are definitely blessed with that :) :)

Joeylee said...

how sweet. It is crazy how little kids can be things into perspective sometimes.

Katie said...

I love this post! Such a positive attitude:) You girls look like you're living the life...I'm jealous!

SushiMama said...

Such a good reminder- I think we're all guilty of wishing time away, I know I have been, especially lately. But I'm so fortunate to be where I am right now and I need to remember that!

Mateya said...

Great post. I am sure it is hard being away from family but you are right about focusing on the positives! Enjoy it while you can :)

Beth Ann said...

What a sweet post! I am super jealous of you being at the pool and the beach!!! The grass is always greener on the other side...always...and that's a shame. It is hard to live in the present and appreciate all that it is sometimes for sure.

The Jeffcoats said...

How true this is sweet friend! I miss you terribly, but am so happy for you guys to get to be experiencing all that you are right now. Hope to talk soon! Enjoy your time there b/c before you know it, you'll be headed back here. :)

Allison said...

It's hard to not miss home (I'm sure even more so being overseas). I was just telling Ryan today that as much as I'd love to be back home and around the people we love, there are much worse places we could be living. :)

Anna & Kirby said...

what a good thought! :)

LWLH said...

Such great reminders. :)

Natalie said...

Kids are always teaching us! So glad you got out and enjoyed the pool and sunshine!

Just the Two of US said...

so jealous, you are already takin dips in the pool, come on summer...
Kids always know just what to say!

Brittany said...

The water looks gorgeous! It almost looks fake! LOVE your blog!

Mom said...

Emerson is growing so fast. So glad for technology that allows us to see her often and talk to her. We are so ready for your visit. Love you.

Amber said...

what a precious picture! It definitely is the life

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