I've never met her, but I think when you read what someone plasters on their corner of the interwebs for long enough, you start to feel like you know them. When I read she had passed away, I couldn't help but cry for her husband and the babies who will grow up without a mother.
And then, all I could think about is a stupid argument Parker and I had on Monday. It was so stupid, I don't even really remember what it was about. I was tired and stressed and lashed out at him for no good reason. I think we've all been there, but I wasted a night we had together. I wasted it being stubborn and grouchy instead of loving and intentional.
Yall, life is too short for that.
It's unrealistic for me to think I'm never going to get impatient with my husband again or a family member for no reason. It's inevitable, but I want to be more intentional, more appreciative, of the time I have with those who I love so much. We so often live life like it's going to go on forever, but everything can change so quickly. It's not worth little fights, little arguments, little grudges. It's not worth it at all.
Today, hug your mom/dad/brother/sister/spouse/babies a little tighter. Practice patience, see the good, and let love in. Life's too short to live any other way.
Please pray for Leslie's family, especially her husband, Stephen, and the two precious girls, Caroline and Ainsley, that will grow up without their momma. If you feel led, Stephen has set up a donation page to assist with their daughter's future college funds. http://www.gofundme.com/d53bgd5p8s