Wednesday, January 22, 2014

taking him to the dentist


On the way into the city I was very aware of my driving.  

The menfolk in our family do the driving.
Be that what it may...
they all like driving and so...
it is the way.  

I finally said...
am I driving okay?
Does my driving make you nervous?

uh uh...
he says.
In his hard to understand dentist prescribed ventriloquist way...
he said...
You have driven me around more than anyone else in my life.

Really? I say.

Right.
I'm his mom and there was plenty of driving him here and there until he was old enough to drive himself.

But still ...
that was half his life ago.



These last months there have been more drives to the health care buildings than I ever imagined we would be doing again in our parent / child relationship.

The braces  he wore when he was a teen and the teeth they straightened are a memory from days gone by.

When we arrived at this weeks office I was amused at the rotating slide show.

After a time...
I mused to him...
that with all that has transpired in the life of his beautiful little family since October I have lost all creative juices to write.

My mind only thinks about their story...
 which is theirs to tell.

When it all began in October I was in my month of thankful posts and I can't help but think that somehow God was showing me then that even when things go awry from an earthly standpoint...
there is God and the heavenly realm that does not change.

And so...
in October
while things were changing...
I kept thanking and still...
I am thankful.

I thank God through my angst and he shows me who he is in many ways. 



I continued to read the slides out loud...
even though there is not one speck wrong with his eye sight. 

He hears my read aloud hints to parents.
He listens to my monolog opinion of those hints.



I watch him now and then to make sure he is paying attention.

There is only him and I in the reception area so I can be a bit obnoxious without causing him to move a few seats over.

  

Some of the slides hit rather close to home.

In the end...
it doesn't make a difference how teeth are knocked loose.

What matters most ...
is that there are amazing dentists and doctors that are committed to make this better...
and ...
there are tests and surgeons that we are very blessed to have for this precious family.

There are caring friends and family who support those  that are on the mend.


What matters is good attitudes and a positive outlook and a calm realization that nothing here has happened that was not allowed into their life by God himself.

We've talked about this so much with them.
They know and they agree and we are thankful for that too.

I must have continued on in my lament again about no blogging material ...
because it was then I heard the sweet words every blogger is waiting to here...

You can take my picture mom.

=)


And some day...
I'll show you his smile...

and some day...
my creative juices will flow once more.

all for now...



Monday, January 13, 2014

gently


Very gently...



take your time...


we'll help ...


rest if you need to...



let everyone have a turn...


don't be afraid...


it's okay ....


can we help?



can you see to other side yet?


we'll support...


one piece at a time...


encouragement is the best.


It occurred to me while I observed this game...
that if the Grandpa to these little ones wants to help and and encourage  ....
how much more does our heavenly Father want to have us depend on him ...
not only on days when it seems the waves are crashing around us but everyday.

How amazing is that?




all for now...
with love.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

the gift


I only asked for one thing for Christmas...
well technically I asked for two things but I only asked for one thing from my beloved.

Years ago we were given an old window frame from our nephew and niece when their old house was laid flat to make room for their new home.

That frame had been sitting in our shop since then while I waited for an idea of how to use it.

The idea came to me early in December and once my Christmas wish was thought out loud ...
he spent spare moments in the shop working on my gift.


Years of painted window sills that have seen the best the northeastern storms here in the valley have to offer.  

He wanted to know if I wanted it painted to make it more even.

I wanted it left as original as possible because life isn't always perfect.
Through the years there are storms to weather.


It is good to remember that we are never alone in the storms.
I've been reminded lately that God has given us a precious gift of intercessory prayer.

When you belong to the body of Christ you are not alone asking God to be near...
you are surrounded by an army of prayer warriors who carry you.

Thanking the Lord today for his love...
shown to me in so many ways.


all for now...

Monday, January 6, 2014

starring their daddy


These kids have no shortage of books in their library.
They make regular visits to our regional library and always have book bags full of books which are new to them each week.

Sometimes though...
it is fun to hear a story that has been around for sometime...
and especially if the characters in the book have the name of their Daddy.


Two books arrived in the mail in the early 80's.
Two books almost the same except for the name of the star character.
Back before computers made quick changes in script...
it seemed really amazing.

The books were kept carefully long after other books were boxed up and given away.
When our boys got married...
their books were packed up with their belongings and now are being read to their kids.


It was a gift from their great Uncle Lou.
The same Uncle Lou always made sure he had a few silver dollars in his pocket when he came to visit from Alberta.

We talked about this not long ago and it still made them smile that they could count on those silver dollars.


What about the star of the book?
His adventures continue today in real life.
He still thinks a plan is a good thing....
and we think he is pretty good at following through.

all for now...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

breakfast smiles



A rolled up german pancake with some Canadian maple syrup is always a good idea for breakfast.



He's pretty little for photo bombing food photos...
but then this boy has posed a few times in his life and he knows...
when the camera lens looks like it might miss his cheerful smile.

When I looked at my photos..
this one made me smile and I hope it will bring a smile to your face as well.
all for now...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

for 2014


Have you picked a verse for 2014?

My verse has ten words...
count them.

One word for each finger.
When I need to take a deep breath...
I'll speak those ten words and let the truth of them soak into my soul.

You haven't ever thought of claiming a verse from God's word?
Why don't you claim Philippians 4:13 with me?

Wishing all of you my dear readers...
a most wonderful and happy New Year!

all for now..