Snapshots & Fortune Cookies

“We must always have old memories and young hopes.”

I’ve written this quote by Arsene Houssaye down again, because the words still weigh heavy and pierce so deep.

After filing taxes, we went to eat at Hunan Manor– of course, to celebrate that in a month we will have some money.

This piece of paper slipped out of Trav’s fortune cookie, and he handed it straight to me:


This, in 9 simple words, reflects my life right now.

These next 5 months will absolutely flash by,  and we’ll be gone, on to new hopes.

But, like a gardener, I want to dig my fingers deep into the soil of this life season, and see the fruit of my work spring forth.

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I’m going to write on some “snapshots” of our time here– places we’ve frequented, people we’ve adored, experiences that have transformed us.

Because I need to process, and in saying good-bye, I need closure with the place where I bore my babies and drank good coffee and ate mexican food.

It’s the place where we fell in love with neighbors as they fell for our kids, where our gardens didn’t always grow, but we still planted.

Because one day, this place will become old memories.

We will dig fingers into unknown and new soil soon, young hope in every pulse.

Old memories, young hopes.

Please join me as I reminisce; a scrapbook of the heart, a journaling of life sweetly lived.

5 thoughts on “Snapshots & Fortune Cookies

  1. Kaitlin,

    These are great words to live by. Our transition from AR to Boston was one of the most difficult journeys I have ever traveled, but it has changed my life for the better in so many ways. I am sure you can relate as moving to AR was also a big change for you. Though it was terribly tough at times being so far from our home, where I was born and raised, where all of my nearest and dearest family and friends were, our time in Boston is constantly on my mind and heart, and I wouldn’t trade our experiences there for anything. I have to remind myself of this as I too prepare my heart to say goodbye once more, realizing that this time, we will likely be saying goodbye to AR for good. Let me just choke down my tears as I type that…

    This season is sweet but difficult. I have to remind myself, daily, if not hourly, that God has such a big and beautiful plan for our lives, and that there should be nothing but excitement for what might lie ahead. While it won’t always be easy, I am choosing to embrace this journey. Though I sometimes need to remind myself of that decision 10 times a day.

    I resonate deeply with your words and have greatly enjoyed your writings about this time. There are so many of us in this season right now, and I think it’s often helpful to hear the hearts of others in this boat.

    1. Oh dear friend, thank you so much for this. It’s crazy to dream and hope and look forward while still cherishing what we’ve had in these past 4 years. I am so thankful and so expectant for the future– and yes! God knows not only His desire for our hearts, but He absolutely knows our hearts’ desires and honors them. He is good.

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