Life is short, but sweet for certain. Yesterday was our good friend Leah’s 30th birthday. I love life celebrations! There is something so rich and holy about celebrating life with other people – whether it’s a raise at work, quitting a job, birth of a baby, loss of a life well-lived, or a 30th birthday!
Yesterday afternoon the weather finally felt somewhat like summer here in Seattle. (I promise not to write another blog complaining about the weather although Seattle did just set a record by going 242 days without reaching 75 degrees). ANYway, I was struck on this beautiful Saturday evening by how thankful I was that it wasn’t just any other Saturday night, but we were getting dressed up, getting out of our neighborhood, and celebrating Leah’s life and friendship!
We surprised Leah by renting out a room at one of her favorite restaurants and indulging in pizza, wine, and peanut butter chocolate cake (D-$). It is so much fun to sit around a big table with a lot of great people.
This morning our pastor (see rain city pastor blog) reminded us not to live conservatively (i think his example was to eat fried chicken out of a box and drink koolaid) for the sake of simply being conservative, but that sometimes you need to set out a tablecloth and buy fresh flowers and eat a steak and linger a while. His example went much deeper, but I was reminded that the life of Christ was not about holding back (um hello, his first act of ministry was changing h2o to wine at a wedding that was about to run out). Tonight I am simply reminded of how sweet it is just to celebrate!
I think this coming summer will see a lot of celebrations around the VanOss home. I don’t know if many of them will celebrate anything in particular – perhaps that the sun sets at 10 pm, that we live in America (and are clueless who to cheer for in the World Cup now), that we can do a puzzle and drink wine at the same time… oh, so many things to celebrate!