June 19, 2013 Edition

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Slow down

Gretchen Hunt

There is a contemporary Christian song that I love entitled "Blink" that has been running through my mind a lot this week.

The song teaches that each moment is to be treasured because "there's no stopping time" and as the name implies "it happens in a blink."

Perhaps the reason why it has been on my mind so much this week is that my eldest son, Conley, turned 10 on Sunday. In addition, we are nearing the halfway point of the year, which seems equally impossible.

One particular phrase from the song keeps running through my mind. After a pretty fast beat for the beginning of the song, there is a portion where the tempo slows and the lyrics say "slow down, slow down, before today becomes our yesterday."

Those who know me know I'm not very good at slowing down. It seems there is always something else to be done. But I have plans to do exactly that!

My family is preparing to take a trip to the Smokey Mountains for an extended visit, including a family reunion. We will be gone for a full week on our first real vacation since my youngest son, Colter, was born.

We are planning some fun activities like zoo trips and miniature golf, swimming and an outdoor concert. But in conversation with my aunt, I told her my main goal for the week is to relax.

I know as fast as life goes, the week will also be over in a blink, but I'm going to do my best to slow down while we are there and cherish every moment.

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