Thursday, December 16, 2010
Graceful strength in the face of tremendous loss
Faith and trust in a big God to do big things for a little girl
Unwavering loyalty to family, implicit trust in God's plan
God moving in the lives of thousands of volunteers and setting compassion's fire within their hearts
And, AND... an improptu manger scene, now built in my playroom...where Barbies and Polly Pockets are dressed as wise men (and women), shepherds and angels. Where the baby's gifts are Chuck E. Cheese coins. Where the Littlest Pet Shop animals keep watch over a silent, amazing night of long ago when God came down and walked among us - Immanuel. This is why Christmas belongs to children. Excitement, anticipation and joy. They've got it all, and they're willing to share. Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Or the people we met along the way?
Was it the food?
Was it the fine restaurants, full of ambience and perfectly prepared Italian delicacies?
Or was it the gelato, twice a day?
Was it the historically significant buildings and architecture?
Or the things that made us go hmmmmm?
Was it the unique, warm, child-centered culture?
Or was it sister time?
Was it the churches?
Or the way Mary held Jesus like any grieving mother would hold her beloved child?
Monday, June 7, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Our conversation as we shopped for birthday party items:
Her: "Mom, I don't want to get older, but I have to. I want to still be your baby."
Oh, how I love that girl.
Me: "Yeah, but 6 is a great age. Not too young, not too old. It's a perfect age to be."
Her: "Okay, then I'll be 6 forever."
Me: "Okay. Or at least for a whole year."
Happy Birthday to a sensational 6-year-old! May you enjoy all 365 days of it.