So far this summer:
I have read 16 books on my front porch.
I have sat on Zelda's porch even more than my own.
I have started sitting on Dawn and Judd's porch. A lot.
I have sat on my sleeping porch almost every day.
I have lost 22 pounds.
I have visited with my grandmother twice.
I have had several very hard conversations.
I have gone to my inlaws only once because I am crazy busy.
I have spent time chatting with aunts and uncles and cousins.
I have generally ignored my garden and been rewarded with enough cucumbers to pickle.
I have shared tomatoes and love across a table.
I have watched Game of Thrones.
I have fallen in love with a 5 year old I just met, a 24 year old I had lost and found again, and a 40 year old with a new spirit.
I have finally gotten the glass in my shower all the way clear.
I have stopped washing my hair with shampoo.
I have lived in present tense.
I have been shot at with an arrow.
I have improved my aim.
I have resigned a position I should have resigned months ago.
I have been honest with the people I love.
I have decided not to spill my purse all over the table to everyone.
I have leaned on friends.
I have learned more than I cared to know about labor relations in St. Louis. But I care now.
I have learned to live one day at a time.
I have reached out. I have reached in.
I have prayed like I haven't prayed in 20 years.
I have had my faith strengthened in surprising ways.
I have cooked good food.
I have made two quilts.
I have tried hard and failed and apologized and worked hard to make up for it.
I have not been lazy.
I have said goodbye and hello again.
I have closed a door. And opened another.
I have tidied up some unfinished business.
I have taken several risks. Several very big risks. And thus far, been rewarded.
I have trusted.
I have listened.
I have hoped.
I have loved.
I have changed for the better.