Tomorrow is a pretty significant day in the Borton family. First, it marks 3 years since I said “I do” to my best friend and love of my life, Brian. Second, it’s (finally) the day we find out the gender of our growing little Bean!
As of right now, we have no special plans to celebrate. In fact, the excitement of tomorrow is overshadowed a bit by some somber news we received this week that Brian’s uncle passed away. While tomorrow is a good and exciting day, this weekend will be a difficult one no doubt as we remember Uncle Randy’s life and spend time with family. All this barely a month after my Uncle Gary passed away. How can there be so much life within me (Bean!), and so much death around? It’s hard to comprehend.
It’s weird how one week can hold so many emotions. I remember how absolutely not okay I was when my friend Jared died unexpectedly. And yet in the midst of it, I can recall moments of laughter with friends. It’s amazing how the body can manage it all and not totally implode.
Life is so full of this balance of emotions. Loss and gain. Joy and sorrow. Beauty and sadness. The challenge is finding how it all comes together—seeking beauty in the sadness. Beauty is everywhere if we look for it, and the joyful moments in our lives need not be made less joyful in light of difficult circumstances. And each loss in our lives reminds us not to take the time we have for granted. Each day is a gift to be cherished, whether we live to be 99 or 39.
It’s never easy to manage loss, but my prayer is that no loss is ever in vain. That each tragedy in life can be seen through the lens of eternity, and that God would show each of us that he makes all things good and beautiful in time.
Photo by my super talented and dear friend Jess of Bailey Lane Photography