After over half a year of being married and living in our cozy, little Northwest Arkansas town, I finally convinced Wes to go with me to the local Waffle House.
For some reason, he had come to the conclusion that Waffle Houses were absolutely disgusting (Granted, not all of them are the most clean or provide the greatest food). However, I had ate at this particular Waffle House before and found it pretty good.
As a trade, I told him if he would go to Waffle House with me, I would do the grocery shopping by myself this week. Grocery shopping is something we both dread, mostly because the stores are always packed like a can of sardines and with it being flu season, the high alert of germs only encouraged our delay of the monthly shopping trip. That being said, he gladly accepted my offer.
As we sat down in our booth, we were the only people in the Waffle House. We took a few minutes to look over the menu, Wes ordering a plain waffle and a plate of hash browns country style, myself getting a chocolate chip waffle with a side of bacon and chocolate milk.
*SIDE NOTE: THIS PAST WEEK I OFFICIALLY ENTERED INTO MY SECOND TRIMESTER. FOR THE PAST 4 WEEKS, I HAVE DEALT WITH THE HORRID MORNING SICKNESS. I PRACTICALLY LIVED OFF OF CEREAL, OATMEAL AND PICKLES DURING THAT TIME. SO NO SHAME IN THIS LARGE, UNHEALTHY, BUT DELICIOUSLY TOO SWEET BREAKFAST FOOD, I COMPLETELY CONSUMED.
On top of the millions of other changes we’ve been going through, we are also in the process of buying our first house. So long to our precious, baby blue rent house and hello to the house our first baby will call home, once we find that home that is. While we were enjoying our food, we were also browsing potential houses and talking about the pros and cons of each.
As we were given our food though, an adorable, elderly couple walked in, probably in their 70’s, sitting down at the booth across from us.
From overhearing the waitress talk, this couple were regulars at Waffle House.
After complimenting the food with, “Oh man, this stuff is good! Like, really good!” Wes went on to say,“I have a feeling this is going to be a new regular place for us.”
Women aren’t always right, but when it comes to waffles, don’t doubt us.
“Are we going to be like that little couple over there, where when we come in, the waitress already knows our order?” I laughed.
But this thought got us thinking, after seeing this sweet couple and discussing the different locations of what house to buy, our conversation switched to wondering if this is the town where we, ourselves, will grow old at? Will we still be here 5 years from now? 12 years? Will our kid(s) grow up in this town, graduate high school and move off to their own new, college town? Or will we be here only 2 more years and take off to another state? Maybe settle back down in this town when we do become a little old couple…
But that’s the thing, had you asked us 10 months ago where we would be living, neither of us would have told you a small NWA town. Nor would we have said we would be celebrating our one year wedding anniversary with the birth of our first child (but, that’s a story for another time).
Even though we have no clue where we will be 12 years from now, much less 2 days from now, or if we will even be alive in 12 years, we are both content with just living life and enjoying the unknown adventure God has prepared for us.
So if you’re stressed, confused, maybe deadlines are coming and you just have no earthly idea what you’re doing with your life, take a step back, take a deep breath, have a mini dance party and just enjoy the moment you’re in. Living life is a lot more fun than constantly worrying about it. Trust me, if our Heavenly Father takes care and provides for the pigeons and crows flying around us, then he is sure to take care of you.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?