I always talk about how life does not seem to slow down or wait for you to figure out your next step. You just seem to have to roll with what comes your way. My parents are big at planning. Figuring out their next move. If something happens what are they going to do about it before it ever happens kinda people. Even though this is how they function... I do not. I cannot stress over things that are out of my control and I feel like I have for the most part always lived my life this way.
Until the last seven months have been crazy and swirling out of control.
This past weekend I took the kids to the lake. It was Labor Day weekend and like most holidays growing up, the lake is where we were.
I have gotten away from the lake this past summer. But coming back and being at the lake and with my kids and family is the best place on earth.
I mean look at this view.
Family has always been very important to me. I come from a smaller extended family. I have no blood related siblings.
I do however have a cousin. We have been close for s long as I can remember. He is closer to me than any brother ever could be. And he has 2 kiddos that I adore. They have moved a few hours away from us now, but when I do get to see them I spend as much time as I can with those precious kids of theirs. I love them with all of my heart.
This first picture is of their oldest Raylee and myself. She calls me Aunt Lynn and it just makes my heart melt into a puddle. She is a silly little girl.
This is Gracie my daughter with Ramsey their youngest. I am called the baby whisper because she is one tough little lady to get to sleep. I guess after having 3 kiddos myself putting another baby to sleep seems to be a cinch.
If its one thing that I have learned is this... There is something about being at the lake. My kids feel it, I feel it. And its not just any lake.... Its this lake. Possum Kingdom is where I grew up. Its where my kids have grown up. Its where I hope their kids, kids grow up.
For some reason, it does not matter what is going on in my life at the time when I am at the lake. Its the one place that makes the most sense. Its the one place that feels like home even if I haven't been there in months. Just sitting there and looking out at the lake helps me remember just how lucky I am, even if at that moment I don't feel so lucky.
I look at my kids and see how happy they are. I see their innocence. I see their smiles. And in that moment I know that when I am at the lake with my friends, family and kids that this is my happiest happy place.