"Not to us, O LORD, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness."
Psalm 115: 1
Another week... another Monday...
another opportunity to look back and thank the Lord for His perfectly wonderful gifts.
school's end in sight... perseverance (and strength from above) to finish strong
his desire to help in the garden
and the completed work of his hands
"Mom, come and see it! I made it for YOU."
my sister-in-love, obedient to God's Word
His grace to mend & repair & rebuild & renew
a picnic with friends and a blue sky canopy
and later... rain clouds on the horizon
gardens refreshed, rain buckets full
a pile of good books... spare minutes to read
child laughter in the backyard and basketball on the patio
night breezes through windows, fresh air through the house
marks on the wall... their growth measured there... bigger and bigger each and every time
character growth... lessons learned... truth explored... hearts changed
Big Man: "Tomorrow's gonna be a sad day... because it's the last day of co-op."
and then later... "Today's gonna be a sad day AND a happy day!" ... because he recognized the beauty & joy of the hour... and because he realized that next fall we get to do it all over again!
a birthday party with friends... a weekend in the woods... CAMPING!
sleeping bags and tents, flashlights and marshmallows, bonfires and lemonade... childhood delights
Big Man's excitement... "I've never slept in a tent before!"
the beautiful "surrounds"-- no horns honking, no stereos blaring, no angry drivers swearing...
just peace... and tranquility... and rest
and daddy there to share it all... and Lolli and me, too, for a few hours at least... before we drove back home...
to find sleep under blankets in bed :)
hands to hold and great, great friends
and the list continues...