"Enjoy the little things in life ~ one day you'll wake up and realize they were the big things"

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Better than meeting the president!

It's all a matter of perspective, life is. What we set our hearts upon and pour our passion into, what inspires us and defines us, what we give our time to. Along the way, we tend to be drawn to "like-minded" people, those who we feel we can relate to because we share a common thread of what "makes us tick".

The kids and I had the chance to meet the Duggar family yesterday in Colorado Springs. It didn't start out as such, but it turned into an all day event (with a little fun at Whit's End tossed in beforehand!). As we were waiting for the Duggars to enter the room, I saw the twinkle in my kids' eyes, they inched to the edge of their seats and looked around the room in anticipation, scanning each doorway for possible signs of the family they admire and adore. I mentioned to one of them that, for us, this was probably more exciting than meeting the President! No offense Obama, we can just relate to them a little more!

We only see glimpses . . . and no doubt the glimpses we see are often of a family at their best moments ~ but nevertheless, we are drawn to them because we can relate (at least on a much smaller scale!). We agree with their values, we share many of their passions and we admire the fruit of their daily choices. I'm GLAD their kids are some of my childrens' role models and "heroes"; from what we've seen of them, they are polite and respectful, hard-working and responsible, intelligent and compassionate, servant-minded, kind to their siblings and even seem to have a great sense of humor!

After spending 2 1/2 hours standing in line (in 30 mph wind!) to meet them . . . all of my kids told me afterward that it was WELL worth it (even though some of their favorite, younger, kids had already gone back to the bus by the time we got inside). The kids (mine) did a great job entertaining themselves while we waited ~ playing "rock, paper, scissors" with each other (over and over and over again!) and talking to the people around us . . . with only minor moments of complaining tossed in there ~ I was proud of them!