This year I turn 40 and I decided that I did not want to wallow in what I don’t have. Trust me, I know how to do that really well! 🙂 Even though I don’t have many things I desire a great deal, I do have many things in my life that are wonderful and I am choosing to focus on those things. What I do have are my faith, family, friends, health, and opportunity. Each month of this year I am taking the opportunity to create moments with my family and friends. I am intentionally choosing joy as I enter a new decade of life.
My family and I took a very quick trip to the mountains of NC. We decided to go skiing and snowboarding at Beech Mountain. It felt great to get back out on a snowboard. It has been way too long. I don’t necessarily enjoy being cold for very long, but I do enjoy getting on a snowboard and trying my best to get down the ski slope even if it is just one part of it.
This trip was special for my family because Beech Mountain Ski Resort offers a week of adaptive ski lessons for those who have a disability. This meant that my brother did not have to sit around and watch everyone else ski and snowboard. He was able to get on the slopes as well! At the last minute he was able to register for a lesson. In a small way our time mingling with other families in the lodge reminded me of the Joni and Friends Family Retreats I work each year. We are already planning to go again next year and spend more time so that my brother has the opportunity to have more lessons and ski time.
Here are some photos of our trip.