Balancing Life

Remember the teeter totters from your nursery school playground? Do you recall the countless hours you probably spent as a child going up and down, up and down, from one side of the teeter totter to the next.
Well sometimes I feel like life is a teeter totter. Full of a range of emotions. One minute you feel joy and the next moment…the opposite.
“I LOVE my new camera!” to “For the love of God and all that is good, HOW DO YOU WORK THIS THING?!?”}
Anyway, this past week has been a teeter totter week. Full of such extreme joy with a few interesting, sometimes heartbreaking moments mixed in. I’m going to give you a little picture walkthrough of our week, compliments of our wonderful new camera! :)
On Tuesday, Brandon’s tooth was hurting so badly we had to rush him to the Dentist. One very LONG drive to Santa Rosa to see my family dentist and A VERY BAD cavity later {actually, a near root canal, and we’re still not out of the woods, still in pain :(}…here is our prize.
Teeter totter low….
Teeter totter swings up on Wednesday night. My two precious babies are ready for church and how can you not resist this munchkin? Wearing your dress, Emily! {pants still too big..bummer }
Or this one, who is in his favorite hiding spot
Thursday the teeter totter swung to a mixed HIGH and LOW…high that we got to have our friends the Younkins over for dinner, low that they will be leaving Stockton in a few short weeks and starting a church plant in Sparks/Reno area. Please pray for them…and for us. We will miss them!
Friday was a BIG teeter totter in the up direction. Brandon was asked to be the keynote speaker at Stockton Christian School’s high school graduation. This was a big honor to Brandon as 11 years ago {should have been 12, if Brandon had did his school work..shh, don’t repeat that} Brandon graduated from SCS. He was so excited to be asked to speak to the students.
Kris and Kate got married. So beautiful. So special. We loved every minute of it. The teeter totter of life was good that day….even when it came to these two:
This is Jake and Emma Love, Kate’s niece and my dear friend Heidi’s daughter. Jake and Emma love each other and if you were to ask Jake who he is going to marry he will tell you very emphatically, “Emma Love King”.
Well, these little guys are two peas in a pod. Seriously. They are going to either love each other to bits or get on each other’s last nerve, but they are HYSTERICAL together- very, very crazy. They run around like chickens with their heads cut off most of the time.
Well, actually, this picture probably describes them well:
And another good thing that day…my brother Brad, who lives in London, was in town and was able to make it to the wedding. Jake was so excited…although he looks a little mad here, probably because he was being made to sit still while Emma Love ransacked the church all by herself.
On Tuesday the teeter totter was working overtime. We spent lunch at In n Out {seriously the best hamburgers EVER} with Brandon’s sister, Brittony and her boyfriend Shawn…
Our cousin Brooke and her daughter Maddie were also there…
Even though we were at In n Out and all together…we were there for a very sad reason. Brooke, Jon and Maddie are moving to St. Louis and they were leaving that afternoon. Lots of tears were shed {which explains why no pictures of me or Brooke}. We will miss them sooo very much. Maddie is the only cousin  Jake’s age {they are 5 months apart} who has lived near us. They love each other.
ACK…must stop talking about it. Big tears again.
Jake gave Maddie a picture of the two of them to remember their crazy times together.
So back to the teeter totters.
Did you ever notice during your school yard tenure that if you positioned yourself JUST SO in the middle of the teeter totter that the board would go perfectly straight?
Sometimes I wish I could find that perfect balanced point and ride life through like that. But that would be impossible, wouldn’t it? Because the ups and downs the back and forth…the teeter totter of life…is what makes the joys so much more rewarding. It makes life worthwhile.
So, Lord, help me to remember that the teeter totter of life is necessary. Help me, in the process, to not miss the “YOU” moments…the moments when I see your hand in every day circumstances. Thank you for keeping our little family wrapped in your arms. Its so good know that despite what we face, we have You on our side.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”
Proverbs 18:10

PS…if any of you young people missed A29 youth service tonight…you must ask Pastor Brandon to hear the message. Incredible. Thank you Babe for encouraging us to not give God our “leftovers”. Such a powerful thought.


4 thoughts on “Balancing Life

  1. 1
    Jenni says:

    I love reading your posts Amy, sometimes I read them more than once, as you always have a good message.

    Hope you are finding your balance this week…

    Big hugs from AZ coming atcha!

  2. 2
    Emily says:

    Great pics – love to get these updates on your fam :)
    Oh, and Syd's been wearing the purple dress without the leggings too cause they don't fit her yet either!

  3. 3
    Prencie says:

    My goodness Amy! You do have a way with your words!:) You know just how to express yourself beautifully and get your emtions out on paper {or screen}. I "think" the way you write but I can't get it to sound as good on paper {or screen} :) I love the headband Evy's wearing:) SO cute!! I refuse to go down the felt road!! I want to but I need to stay focused!! I want to do it alllll!! I want to conquer the world {creative world that is} !!! Jk:)

  4. 4
    Sullivan's says:

    Amy, once again – Thanks for sharing your life with us! I know the teeter – totter feeling. I think it stays with us throughout our lives. :D Someday I "might" get it balanced just right! LOL

    Love you!

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