Archive for April, 2012

April 24, 2012

Project 52 | SUPPORTIVE

52:16

Love is:

SUPPORTIVE

It’s only t-ball but you would think it were the major leagues… All of this love and more at every game.  I could always picture my little men one day going off and participating in their own activities, working for their own causes, letting them go so they can be men and do what God has created them to.  Right now it is little league, but on a very small scale it feels the same.  I suit him up… prepare him and make sure he is well fed… check that he has all of his gear.  I give him one last kiss and tell him “have a great game.”  He drops my hand and runs out to the field, joins his team and I am a mere spectator- sidelined for the time being while he does his thing.  I feel a swell of pride with an undercurrent of sadness as little by little my baby grows up and tries out his wings.  But I am not alone, my village is here… supporting the boy, and unaware that they are supporting me too.  Love is supportive.  It is the wild crowd on the sidelines- eating pistachios, laughing and cheering, talking and enjoying another aspect of being there for each other.  Love doesn’t care that the bat is bigger than the player, or that the player is in outfield daydreaming about other things… Love shows up anyway, every time.  

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April 18, 2012

Project 52 | FULL OF SURPRISES

52:15

Love is:

FULL OF SURPRISES

 Like how fast they grow… how fast time flies…how much I love my men more and more as time goes by.  Every year these three days are the happiest, the most reflective, and a little sad all at the same time.  It is always a roller coaster of emotions as we celebrate anniversaries, remember the birth and loss of our little Emmanuel, and party it up with Lucas.  This year we got to surprise him with an epic trip to Disneyland; a birthday I know he will remember his entire life.  Watching his face light up as realization dawned is what I will remember the rest of my life.  I love giving to these boys, knowing they are not expecting it, and that they appreciate it.  The last couple of days as we’ve  recalled all of the funny and awesome times from this weekend, he must have thanked us a thousand times.  If only he knew the joy was definitely in the giving.  Love is a life full of surprises.  Each and every one of our eleven years, without fail, God has surprised us with an epic trip of our own… this ride called life, with its spins and turns and free falls.  Sometimes it is a lot of waiting, most of the time it goes by too fast.  But the fun is in the not knowing what lies around the next bend, and looking back with happiness and gratitude on what we have been given.  

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April 10, 2012

Project 52 | GRATEFUL

52:14

Love is:

GRATEFUL

All my life I have known the verse John 3:16… “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  Lets face it, that verse is everywhere from In-n-Out wrappers to billboards, to Tebow’s face.  It can be a challenge to feel the gravity and power of those words of promise when you have heard and read it more times than you can remember.  Like a song played out.  I know I sound like a spoiled church girl right now, but this is my blog and I am just being honest.  The truth is, I don’t take my salvation for granted, and I don’t want to take God’s words and promises for granted either.  I was cleaning up from our fun and busy weekend when I saw a sad little face moping at the table.  I asked Lucas what was wrong, and he answered that he was sad Easter was over.  I asked him why.  He said he would miss how happy Easter made everybody.  Word.  I agree… There is something so overwhelmingly happy and joyful about Easter.  It is the amazing spirit of resurrection.  That is what brings us together and gives us hope.  It is that verse of love personified.  As in everything else, kids have a way of bringing gravity and meaning to things… today it is that verse of love and promise of salvation.  But love goes both ways and sitting at the table with Lucas I realized that this spoiled church girl had some gratitude to give.  He made a beautiful card with colorful markers… I prayed and thanked God for his Son… for the promise of life after death; for the little guy who worries about so much in life, that he has a child’s faith where Jesus is concerned.  Love is grateful for a God who is bigger than us.  I am grateful for a God who loves my family more than I do, and gave his most precious son so we could live and be free.  

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