Last night I set my phone on the counter to go light the grill. I proceeded to cook dinner and then serve it up to my family outside on the deck. A beautiful night deserves a picnic!
My husband and I sat and talked with our two-year-old, enjoying the fresh air. We decided to have a fire in the chiminea and spend some more time outside.
My daughter and I played kickball while my husband tended to fire. We took a few breaks to blow bubbles for our dog.
An hour or so later we decided we should roast marshmallows for s'mores over the chiminea's coals. Already it was a great night.
Then I heard our neighbors out at their grill, so I called over that s'mores were on. They came over and we talked and just hung out, even after I put my daughter to bed.
We said our goodnights at nine and came inside. It had been such a relaxing evening! I decided to just head up to bed early and catch up on some sleep. Only then did it occur to me that I had been phone-free for four hours! It felt wonderful and despite what I always tell myself, I hadn't missed any important calls or texts.
I'm grateful for an evening outside with my family. I'm grateful for a good grilling evening and dinner out on the deck. I'm grateful to get to run around and play kickball and hear my daughter's laughter. I'm grateful for having friendly neighbors and spending time with them. I'm grateful for a phone-free evening and just being present with my family. I'm grateful for all the laughter shared. I'm grateful to have it reinforced that I can be away from my phone and enjoy myself without "missing" anything. And I'm grateful to remind myself that even if I did miss a call, the world would keep turning.
Do you have a phone-free time? How do you help disconnect from technology to be more present with the ones you love?
May this week help us disconnect regularly. May we reconnect to the people around us and be present to enjoy them. Have a beautiful day!