I had thought I'd head to Costco yesterday morning, but then my sister and her kids stopped by on their way home from Doctor Dan's. Poor baby Levi had to have two shots and was not very happy. Which meant that his Jo Jo needed to hold him a lot.
(My niece and nephew call me Jo Jo. Toben has been Bo Bo ever since Ava learned to talk. Yes, we sound like a clown act at the circus, but we couldn't be happier about it!)
No trip to Costco. (Oh, and Kristen took some pictures of the house--I'll post them when she gets them to me.) But that's okay, because we decided to go after dinner and since we were there and very berry sundaes are so cheap and yummy, we called Mom and Dad and they met us. So we sat in the food court (which was empty--Monday nights are awesome for shopping at Costco without waiting in line!) and talked for a while.
As we drove out of the parking lot and waved goodbye to Mom and Dad when they turned left and we turned right to go home (we live about seven minutes away from each other!), I felt so content and happy. My day didn't go according to the plan I made when the day started. But it was so much better. I love that unexpected time with family happened not once, but twice! Such a gift.
I'm getting family time today too. Kristen has a photo shoot this morning, so Ava, Tyson, and Levi are coming to Jo Jo's to play with their cousins. Toben put up the swings yesterday, so I think we'll be outside a bunch.
It used to be that a deviation from the plan would send me into a bit of a tizzy, but I'm not the same girl I used to be. Slowly, s l o w l y, I am being transformed. Which is another gift and so encouraging to me.
I read this just now during my quiet time and it did something tangible, amazing, comforting to my heart because it was such a direct response to some things I'd just journaled that I'll share more about soon:
I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you. Genesis 28:15
God keeps his promises. Always. And in keeping them, he is near.