Happy. Not because life is good, but because God is good.

I tweeted that last week while I was in Julian, Calif. with my parents because I was attending the wonderful Wildflowers Photography’s Workshop.  Mom and dad flew out to drive me to Julian for a few days (yes, I sat in the backseat of my own car reading business books while they drove me across the state like a princess).  After three days of fun (well at least for me) off to Vegas we went and then to the Grand Canyon.  After nearly 10 years of living in Arizona collectively, I finally saw the Grand Canyon for the first time.  Where’s my medal?

Our road trip went something like this:

Me: Mom, will you turn down the air, that button right there.
Mom: I don’t want to push the wrong button & we go backwards.Me: I’m getting car sick.  Get me out of the car.
Dad: Hey, I didn’t pick this.
Me & Mom: Ugh, how far do we have to walk uphill for this gold mine?
Dad: Hey, if there was a mall up there you’d both be running.
Me: Hey mom, dad, sit in those chairs right there. I’m going to take your picture.
Dad: Charles Manson had these chairs.
Me: WHAT?! Where did that come from?
Dad: We did a house tour a long time ago.
Me: I don’t even know what to say.
Dad: (stepping out of the car for the umpteenth time for the Grand Canyon pull off)
Me: Oh look, more rocks.

Basically, one would need a lot of patience and a sense of humor to be with one another, if not both.  Our dynamic is one of a kind.  There were moments I just couldn’t stop laughing hysterically thinking to myself, this is my family.  Mine.  And I’d chuckle.  Then, I’d sit still and quiet myself on a Thursday in the middle of my photography workshop, realizing where I was.  I was in San Diego County learning from one of the best in the industry about something that I loved doing.  And, I am experiencing freedom in every sense of the word.

Is life good?  Yes.  But that’s not why I’m happy.  I’m happy because God is good, and that is what makes me happiest.

Several nights ago, I had shared that I felt like I was given a second chance at life.  The days that I’m living now are everything wonderful, amazing and fulfilling that I believe what I am experiencing right now far exceeds what I could have ever imagined I wanted years ago.  I would pick these very days, all of this, a million times over if I had known that all I had to do was let go and let God.  He is so, so very good, I had never forgotten, but I was impatiently waiting for Him to move me.  He’s scooted me along to a wonderful place and I am reminded that His way is perfect, good, and oh so wonderful and I delight being in His presence.

Diana Elizabeth is happy, giddy, excited, and curious.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

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