We had a jam packed weekend, including visiting brothers from both sides of the family. It was the kick off of our non-stop influx of company until well into December. Months before any of that came up, I had bought tickets for Sunday's matinee of Wicked. I've wanted to see it for years. I still struggle with spending money on things like this even though I know in my heart how valuable experiences are for my family, over more things. It was amazing! I loved watching the girls' expressions and listening to their laughter while they watched. I think it is such a gift to give your children (and yourself!) exposure to different things. It was Maddie's first musical and she thanked me over and over for taking her. They still thank us all the time for taking them to Paris and London and that was a year and a half ago! I wish I had caught on earlier to how important these things are.
Then an eerie silence fell and the skies cleared and somehow that was even scarier. While there was damage around us, we were spared and of course we were so thankful. We were grateful to make it home safe and sound and spent the rest of the day appreciating the things that are really important in life. You hope you do that everyday, but of course there are always days that make you more acutely aware of how precious your life really is.
These are the truly important things.