When life brings your in-laws to town, take advantage. The extra bit of free time you get while they watch Baby, I mean. :) So last week I took some 'me' time and aimlessly drove around the South Bay area. Little did I know I'd experience a serendipitous encounter with the winding roads of the Rolling Hills and beautiful ocean view. As I lost myself in deep thoughts and appreciation of the cool ocean breeze blowing through my dirty-hair-don't-care-hair, I drove right by The Yellow Vase Cafe which looked strikingly familiar. "I don't know how one could ever miss those beautiful yellow flowers and stark, yellow decor while driving by", I thought to myself. Then it hit me...it was the cafe Chriselle mentioned on IG a few months back! If I recall correctly. Their latte was strong enough to not turn me off from their caffeinated drinks (I have to have it strong), and the apple tart was one of the best I've ever had. Flaky dough, light buttery taste, and perfectly cooked apples all in one.
While wading through my share of caffeine and good times with my in-laws, I also experienced some lows and nearly-panic worthy events. You don't ever want to wake up to your child barking up a cough! You just--don't. It's one of those things I wouldn't wish on any parent out there. But I didn't show I was panicking of course. Strangely enough I can usually keep my cool on the outside in times of emergencies so as to not affect people around me, but believe me. Deep down in the pit of my stomach I panicked for a minute or two. Then I prayed and called the doctor at 1 am (bless his heart) and a few days after I fervently prayed for my dad because I knew God was the only one I could run to during such a scary time.
When he went into an episode of severe pain I reminded myself that whatever happens in this life happens for a reason and I could only hope for what God knows is best for our family. Thankfully after his health scare we got a call from my sister who was with him at the ER. Safe. Nothing detrimental and nothing near death! But it sure felt like it, you guys.
So last week was a complete fuse of emotions ranging from high and excited, to tired as a result from sleepless nights thanks to the Croup, and a little bit of inner panic mixed in at the end of the week. I'm not here to bring gloom and doom though. I just want to encourage you to cherish your loved ones like never before. At least for me, I'm holding on to a heart of gratitude with utmost sincerity that even the harshest of circumstances hopefully can't strip me of. Nothing coming our way will ever surpass our strength to handle it especially when God is so big. Everything...and I mean everything...is temporary including our struggles. Isn't that such a beautiful truth?
How has life been for you?
If you're a mom, what are your favorite ways to unwind when you're away from your little one?
-Definitely taking walks, coffee breaks at a nice cafe, or searching for random spots around town.