faith, family, joy, love

First Day of Summer 2018

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Today is the first day of summer, also known as National wear Your Lilly Day. This is when all of the JOY begins, all of the ADVENTURES and all of the evening activities (like carnivals, ice cream nights, and swim days). This is the start of warm weather happiness in North Carolina!!

Today I am joyful for so many reasons: #1, My GOD is GOOD; #2, My family is amazing and I love them dearly (see a few paragraphs down what I wrote about my Dad); #3, I was able to go to sleep at 9:30 p.m. yesterday evening, and OH MY WORD, early nighttime sleep makes all of the difference; #4, This morning I am enjoying liquid sunshine in a cup (a McCafe Latte) that keeps me smiling.

I am a naturally joyful person, but I am also 33.5 weeks pregnant so sometimes the “feeling” of true joy and happiness escapes me – I swear it must be a hormonal thing, I had a conversation with my husband about it. So, any time that I feel like myself AGAIN, with my regular bursts of JOY – I’ll take them!!

Yesterday my Dad and I shared a sweet moment. I was telling him through text how much of a great father he has been to me, recounting childhood memories, and just relishing in celebrating him this past Father’s Day. I sent him this and asked him to read it:  “Happy Father’s Day to the Strong Father in my life – my Dad! He has been a very present father in our lives, and for that I am grateful. He perserveres through his trials, and he is so strong through it all. I loved growing up eating your special French Toast that you would whip up for us and slice each piece carefully! When we were smaller, I enjoyed the scent of roasted peanuts from the oven that you would always enjoy!! You also took me to all of my band practices growing up, and ohhh you taught me how to play chess, which a lot of people can’t say for themselves. Basically, I love you and I am so glad to call you my Dad. 💖”

I think he enjoyed reading that, because he texted me right back: “That was nice, Whitney. Enjoyed our time at the Farmer’s Market. Hope I can get to Winterville more often. Love my second girl.” I was so weepy after this text. I love my dad, this just melted me.

Hope you all have the best summer! We are in countdown mode for Baby “E” to arrive. He is all that his daddy and me are gushing about!!

Whitney

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