At church on Sunday, our parish minister had a wonderful quote for us all that just struck a chord within me.
"Yesterday is a cancelled check,
Tomorrow is a promissory note,
But today is ready cash."
"Wow!" I thought to myself (then jotted it down before I forgot the words). They really said something to me; they remind me that's what is in the past is over, it's not worth fretting over, and you can't change it. I can't spend my time wallowing in what should have or might have been.
And then the future holds great promise and it's something that can be redeemed with great things, so I need to look forward to it with excitement.
But, TODAY--that's what's really important. It's the only thing really that I can control. It's absolutely READY CASH for me to use right now. So, that's what I need to do--take advantage of today, make some memories, do some things that won't be filled with regret, reach out to someone, tell someone the words they need to hear, grow as a person. Do it TODAY!
Now, on that note . . .
I'd been wanting to do a Photo Retrospective of the year behind me. And since I'm talking a little bit about the past, the future, and today, this is as good a time as any (and besides, February is looming ahead of me so I need to do this while 2007 is still new!). So, I gathered some of my favorite photos from 2006 for you to enjoy.
(This was VERY hard to select, since I had probably between 200-300 from each month and at least 20 pictures that were really memorable for one reason or the other for each month. And, in fact, there are a lot of moments and events and memories that aren't showcased here--there's nothing from my birthday or Halloween or the girls' first day of school, for example. But, there's a lot of other great memories!)
From January, I have a picture from the infamous Bull Riding Experiment in Gatlinburg last year on New Year's Day (it was fun, and I laughed hysterically all the way through it, but boy did my thighs hurt for like 3 days afterwards!); and then a gorgeous picture in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains on that same trip . . .
From February, I have a picture of the girls during our annual Family Life Retreat at Camp Sumatanga. This is a special time every year with friends from church--the gorgeous outdoors, worship time, Bible studies, and some funny times playing games and doing Skit Night. (So excited that it's coming up again soon) . . .
From March, I have memories of both McKenna's and Sydney's birthdays (they are a day apart) The first is of McKenna, Scout, and I at Olive Garden for our bithday lunch (S is telling us she's 2); then one of my favorites from McKenna's party at the ice skating rink (14 kids and SO much fun; in this one, some of them are posing a graceful fall onto the ice!) . . .
From April, we first have probably my favorite family shot from the year; it's of us on Easter Sunday. And then of some of the kids from Delaney's class at a civil rights monument in Montgomery; a cool moment! . . .
From May, I have two pictures from our anniversary weekend in Mentone in the foothills of northern Alabama. DeSoto Falls was just gorgeous; and then Gary and I just had a wonderful time at the lodge we stayed at. Eleven years and going strong . . .
From June, I have yet another celebration (yes, we are ALL about celebrating in our family!). Delaney's birthday is in June and we celebrated with a fun Mall Scavenger Hunt party. The first pic is of some of them completing their final scavenger hunt task--choreographing and doing a dance on the upper level; the second pic is one of my favorites, of Gary and the girls lying on the ground outside Olive Garden (again!) waiting for our table . . .
From July, I share one of the photos of McKenna from her trip to Washington D.C. with Student Leadership University. Wish I could have been there with her, but she brought home lots of great pics . . .
From August, I have some snapshots of our wonderful vacation to Savannah and Tybee Island. Of Scout and I on the riverboat and a gorgeous sunrise shot (it pays to have a great photographer for a hubby) . . .
From September, I have some scenes from Delaney's season with the Thunderbolts softball team. She and Gary, and then her next to her first-ever 1st place tournament trophy (a very PROUD day!) . . .
From October, I have some pictures from our Fall Break trip to Disney World. The first is what i call part of the Dumbo Experience (a 45-minute wait for the one ride Scout was excited about; the she almost fell asleep because it was taking so long!; but, success in the end!), and then one that simply says it all--Cinderella's Castle-- . . .
From November, a picture of Sydney inside the giant inflatable pumpkin moon walk at the Pumpkin Patch. Boy, did that make her happy! And then, a special family portrait of the crew at my parents' house for Thanksgiving . . .
And from December, I have two photos that are probably familiar to you all since I had them on not too long ago (but I still love them!). The first is of Scout camped out in front of all of the gifts at Gary's parents' house (she was READY to unwrap something!) and of the girls acting silly during our Christmas picture photo shoot . . .
That was really fun . . . reliving just a few of the moments from 2006. Like it is the case every year, 2006 had its hard times and its challenging moments. But more than anything it had small moments that brought a lot of joy--and I am SO grateful for the fact that I was able to leave the problems of yesterday behind and focus on the JOY that I was experiencing in the TODAY!
As you are running around today doing whatever you do, try and keep the words from earlier in my post in mind . . .
Yesterday is a cancelled check,
Tomorrow is a promissory note,
But TODAY is READY CASH!!
Go spend some of that cash . . .