A Cradle Moon

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I had started writing this post in my mind several times over the weekend to share everything that’s been going on. Then on the way home after shuttling my sister from the airport to her apartment I happened to look up at the moon. It’s not often in suburbia that one gets to see the moon anymore. But what I saw took my breath away and make me think “Someone is looking out for me.”

Tonight’s moon is a crescent moon. But unlike what you usually see, the visible part has rolled to the bottom part of the moon. It looks kinda like…. a cradle. And as I looked at it I thought, “It’s a bit of God smiling down on me and cradling hope for the things ahead.” For the truth is, for the first time in a long while things feel right and in place.

So, what’s made that feeling come through? Well first, this weekend was what I have called “Un-moving day”. For those of you that don’t know, we were going to move to Baltimore. Well, that fell through. So we had to get back the storage unit which contained all the stuff we started to move and had taken out of the house to declutter it while it’s on the market. So the POD (that’s Portable On Demand storage) came back on Friday. We started unloading and quickly figured out we are going to have a great yard sale in April (stay tuned for details). Our house is a mess, but it felt good to know that our roots are down and ain’t movin. Feel Good #1.

Sunday, we had the pleasure of driving out to the Eastern Shore. As Mattie gets older, we are looking to add another canine to the family. We’d heard about this breed called Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. We’d seen one here and there but didn’t know much about it and started doing some research. Well, we found a wonderful breeder in Wye Mills, Md named Ches Shores . So we put the kids in the car and headed out. When we got there we met a wonderful woman named Laura Waid who welcomed us into her home and introduced us to a load of wonderful dogs. We met Natalie who is pregnant now and if all goes well, we’ll be bringing home one of her pups in a few months. (for a couple of shots, check out the Flickr feed)

Then to top the weekend, we came home I squeezed in a 3 mile run (yes, I’m back to running) and had dinner with our neighbors.

A good weekend all around. Which brings me back to the moon I noticed.

Every now and then you have to stop and take stock of your life. Am I on the right path? Do I surround myself with good people? Am I in the right place at the right time for me? I’ve been doing lots of soul searching on that lately and been doubting if I was doing it right.

Seeing a moon that looked to me like its cradling hope was a sign that things are heading in the right direction.

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