Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Family Matters

I know I haven't written in a long time. I get concerned that sometimes by sharing our story, it makes me dwell too much on what we don't have and how much we are missing out on by being so far away from each other. But in hopes that this inspires at least someone out there...

Lately I've been really missing my family. On my vacation in March, I was so lucky to spend time with my hubby's side of the family (his parents, his sister and her husband and their three adorable girls) at Disney World and my side of the family (my parents, sister, and future brother-in-law) at St. Simons Island (where we were married).

 Almost a year before this photo, we took our vows here.

 My sweet parents had a surprise for us...

 They saved flowers from our wedding cake and had a 'top layer' for us! They also had a 'top layer' of the grooms' peanut butter/ chocolate cake, which neither of us got a piece of. It was so popular, there was none leftover. It was so thoughtful! I hope to always be that thoughtful of others.
After the departure of one of my closest friends on tour, I've really taken a good look at my life and my priorities. It's so easy to get caught up in the Wicked bubble, where the world revolves around this show and the cities we go to and the audiences and who goes on for whom, etc. But when Lauren was getting ready to say her goodbyes, I figuratively tried on her shoes, and there is a huge world out there. This is an amazing, wonderful job, which I am so thankful for, but it's a job. Family and relationships are what matters. I'm been working on my self and my own happiness and self worth. 
It kills me to not be a part of my family's life. My sister is graduating from law school on Saturday and I'm in Spokane. It was a big ordeal to just get the days off to go to her wedding. My sister's wedding.  My niece just turned 10 and I would have loved to celebrate her birthday in person, not just over the phone.
And now I'm off to Canada in two weeks, for pretty much all summer. This is going to be interesting. My phone is going to just be my phone again. No texting, no data (unless there is wifi). It's like 10 years ago, when we had phones to talk. It's going to be a great exercise in being a little less accessible and connected... ;-)

Our anniversary in Dana Point, CA


  1. Here's the other side of the story. You also have a family (both sides) who are so proud of you that it hurts. Your niece, who turned 10, thinks you are the coolest person around and can't WAIT to show you off in February. Your sister-in-law, aka me, thanks God for you every single day for the way that you make her brother smile and laugh. You are an answer to prayers. Your family (both sides) is NOT going on with life without you, but are using your work ethic and drive as a model of how we should live. You are in our hearts and thoughts (as is Adam) and we cherish the moments that we get to talk to you, either text, phone, skype, or in person. Spencer and I have always looked at jobs (his or mine) as a step toward something better for our family. If this is where God has you at the moment, then it's right for your family. You and Adam, from listening to God's voice and discerning His will for your lives, will know when it's time to move on. Until then, stay the course, and know that you are in all of our hearts - whether you're in Canada, NYC, or Georgia.
    I read a verse today that you need to hold to - "...for you, Lord, have NEVER forsaken those who seek You." Psalm 9:10b. Seek Him and He will lead you to where you need to be.
    Love you!

  2. That is the sweetest post and just want I needed to hear. I actually bought a new Bible yesterday (the Message) and found this: "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." Matthew 6:34
    That is exactly what I need to work on and have a hard time with every day!

  3. I love you both! Someday life will be easier and we will wonder what happened to all the excitement. Until then, I am enjoying the ride.

  4. Love love love The Message. Such good reading. Read Proverbs (particularly chapter 31)- and Esther - and Acts...its all so good!

    Love you both!