This photograph was taken in 2010. It is a view from our old house, a house that saw the birth of our two out of three children, and much busy work of motherhood. I did not know it then that I would miss this house because more than anything else at that time, I wanted to move out. I wanted to be in a different neighborhood, better school district, roomier house, with a different floor plan. I did not like the ranch style and bedrooms in the basement where we would have to put our kids. I was so adamant about it. Fast forward a few years and we are in a new house-- a large house in a beautiful neighborhood with exactly the floor plan that pleases me. Yet I miss the old house now more than ever. It was smaller and cozier and easier to take care of. I do not have the life-giving view of the lake anymore, nor the beautiful light in the kitchen and the dining room. I do not have babies or little children running around happily. Now there's struggle that comes with middle age and ever present electronics. I am as busy as ever but today I pause and reflect on times gone by. Today, I would gladly take the view of the lake and a smaller dwelling.