So out goes Chloe and Poof! She's flying down the road in Chubbs' dust filled wake. Oh how I wish I could have seen her face, but I didn't need to. Her body language told me plenty. She wasn't just running down the road, she was LEAPING! Soaring! Sprinting! She kept up with that big dog who's legs are at least 5 times the length of hers, and she was happy. Free. With each leap, I could hear her thoughts... "Freedom!" "No leash!" "Dirt!" "Birds!" "Freedom!" NO LEASH!" "I'm running!"
It was hilarious.
We made it to the end of the logging road, about a half a mile, where we stopped to give the dogs some water and enjoy being under the canopy of pine trees.
And that's when I saw their faces.
The look they both shared was one of pure Joy.
I wanted to freeze time right then and there. I took mental snapshots of their faces (camera was packed, where?), determined to remember the moment exactly as it happened. Exactly as it felt. There I was in the middle of nature, with the love of my life and our "kids", and I don't think I could have felt more Joy.
Remembering those little moments have helped me get through the times when I just wanted to toss in the towel with this whole house thing. The times when I am frustrated with my job, or life in general.
Find those moments in your life, and live to make more of them.