Are you a morning person? I am. I love to sit outside and watch the sun come up and plan my day before anyone else is awake. Even when I could sleep late, which as a Mom is hardly EVER, I find the pull of a cup of coffee and quiet house calling me outside. I sit with my coffee and watch the ducks play around in the water and the sun come up over the houses in my backyard. The crisp fresh air is invigorating and the dawn of a new day has so many wonderful possibilities.
I can daydream about projects I want to do, errands that need to be done or cleaning tasks I want to accomplish, or more often than not, I just sit and watch the sunrise. It’s like a gift from God everyday to see what colors will mix together and bounce off the clouds. It’s always beautiful and enchanting.
This morning as I sat watching the day begin with my coffee I took an inventory of 2016. This year was a great one. We moved into the new house and Sage started Kindergarten. Sydney did a summer of AAU basketball and we all lived through it. She also became a teenager and watching her blossom has been incredibly bittersweet. Preston has become a little boy instead of a baby. Sniff, sniff!
As this year draws to a close I have been thinking of 2017 and what I want to accomplish. As I made a list of projects for the house with empty rooms that I wanted to decorate, I found myself thinking about a list for my family.
As a Mom:
How can we grow as a family?
How can I teach my children to be better little people?
What can I do better this year than last?
What new things can I discover about myself?
How can I find a cleaning product that will take off that calcium buildup off the shower faucet? Okay, I will admit that this is not a resolution, but it is a burning question I have quite often.
Then this happened.
It actually took my breath away. No filters, no words could even do this sunrise justice. It was magnificent.
The birds on the lake and I were mesmerized by its splendor. All the questions I had faded into the background. I wanted time to stand still so I could enjoy it. I was afraid to blink and it would be gone. I wanted my children and husband to wake up and share this precious moment with me. It was a special gift, a promise of a new day.
And then the sun slowly came up and the colors morphed into shades of blue and aqua instead of pink and orange. The houses that were shadows were now coming into view. Lights were going on in kitchens and bedroom windows and the neighbors were waking up.
There will be more beautiful sunrises in the future but not just like this one. Each one is a little varied. The hues of pink and orange will be different. This one was special. Never to be repeated again.
The day had begun and it was time to make breakfast and start laundry and do all the things on my list for the day. The grand show was over until tomorrow.
The birds and I had things to do.
So as my children were eating their muffins this morning I tried my best with sweeping arm movements and exaggerated facial gestures to describe the sunrise. They shook their heads in agreement and watched my arms flail about and tried to follow along as best they could.
I told them how the colors were pink and orange and light blue and green. That the sky was so large and vast it was hard to take it all in and see every detail. And that slowly the moon disappeared as the sun peaked up over the houses, and they smiled as muffin crumbs fell on the floor.
Then I took a large sigh and smiled back at those sweet faces and told them how much I loved them and that this next year would be wonderful. Each day was a special gift and they could do anything they set their minds to. There would be good days and bad days but that everyday there would be a memory to remember.
So, as I think about ringing in 2017 and all those New Year’s resolutions, like how to lose those stubborn 10 pounds I gained this year and how to keep my house clean, I am taking a step back and realize it will all work out and be fabulous no matter what. Not because of a list of have to’s or want to’s that can be checked off like a grocery list, but because it’s a new beginning and those are always beautiful and the possibilities are endless.
2017 we are ready for you!