you’re gonna miss this

I remember one day back in college, sitting in my shoebox-sized room at the Pi Phi house at UT, and opening up an e-mail from my dad:

This SO made me think of both of you. Especially Elizabeth!

Love you two! Hope you love this song – it’s so true!


He had attached a song by Trace Adkins called “You’re Gonna Miss This.” It’s a song about enjoying each stage of life that you are in because it will pass by all too soon, and you will be left sitting there, looking back and longing for those very days. In it he sings:

“You’re gonna miss this. You’re gonna want this back. You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast. There are some good times, so take a good look around. You may not know this now… But you’re gonna miss this.”

I hope that when I am old and grey, watching my great-grand children run around in chaos, that I can look back at my life and know that I made the best of every day and enjoyed each stage of life as it came.

Life is short. I don’t want it to pass me by without embracing it to the fullest…

So right now for me that means embracing being an actress as I pound the pavement trying to “make it” in LA. While sometimes I have doubts about the future and miss my family, I know that when I look back on this time, I will think about what a fun stage of life it was moving to a new city all by myself… exploring it, meeting new people, making new friends, and growing closer to Lord than ever before.

dad and girls

{a vintage photo of my dad with my sister and me… a stage of life I’m certain he misses}

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