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Week 146: Birthday Party for Dad

We celebrated Sarah’s Dad’s birthday in style…

Family Time

Not long after, we found ourselves at a familiar table with our family gathered around. My father-in-law was at the end of the table with that cake in front of him. My niece and nephew were gathered around smiling and waiting for Aunt Sarah to finish lighting the candles. I stood by my brother and sister-in-law as we all waited patiently for that moment to arrive. The candles were lit, we sang Happy Birthday, and Dad took in a deep breath before blowing out the candles.

Intentions and Creating Space for Joy

You’d think that our intention of getting a cake at Costco would have been fairly easy to accomplish. What’s intresting is that we came to Costco with one intention (a specific cake), but that just happened to get thwarted. But the larger intention (getting a cake for Sarah’s Dad) was still open. Things happen in life, and our plans don’t always work out. But putting intention — putting thought — into our interactions with those we love is something that must continue regardless.

Thank you for reading. You are so appreciated. I sincerely hope you’ve had a chance to reflect on the past year and look forward to the one ahead. May you be blessed in 2019, and may you share many simple moments with those you love.

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Every Sunday, my wife and I cook together. It's a time to be intentional about our marriage and enjoy some good food along the way. Each week, we post about our experiences here. It's amazing what you can learn from the simple things in life.

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Aaron Charles

Christ-follower. Husband to @SarahLCharles. Simple moments hold great power. Connect with me at my website: