We went on a family outing to San Francisco to watch a Giants game. But really, it was oh-so-much more than just a trip to the ballpark. It was another day of making memories and strengthening our family bonds.
It started with Tj forcing us impatiently out the door at 7:15 am so we could be at AT&T Park two hours early for batting practice. It ended with a family dinner at TGI Fridays in Vacaville. And in between there was a beautiful sunny, breezy day at the park with sailboats spotting the bay view. There was squabbles and laughter and discussing the people we saw as we trekked to the park. There was waiting in long lines for a ballpark snack, getting lost in downtown SF, turning the wrong way on a one-way street…”Um…Dad….what are you doing???!!” There was a two-hour stop at Forever 21, with the guys sitting in the car waiting and napping while we 3 Meredith women tried not to be too overwhelmed by the 3-story San Francisco store and its multitude of fashion choices.
All in all, a very fun day. And that would have been enough for me. But in the midst of it all, I saw more.
I saw three beautiful children that are growing up way too fast. Three siblings who, in spite of their fights, really do enjoy being together and are fast becoming best friends. I felt loved by my best friend and lover of 27 years, Ted. I felt blessed and loved and thankful, that despite the challenges the Meredith family has faced in the past year, we are still intact as a family–probably stronger and closer because of those difficulties.
I love that Jesus’ mother, Mary, savored.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Savoring is good; it brings strength and life and joy. It brings rest to our minds, and reminds us that God is good, so good, to give us things that make our hearts want to explode with happiness.
Savor the moments. They are yet another way that for God to whisper, I love you.