Tuesday, February 28, 2017

40 years and the harvest

"Greatness is rarely achieved by doing great things, but instead by doing good things repetitively."  Jeff Manion, How A Remarkable Life Equals A Thousand Unremarkable Steps.

And that's where he is, that's where we are at 40.  We've been called to stay the course, to keep on keeping on, to press in to grace and to persevere in the day in and day out small things God has called us to.  

Jack and I both agreed that this article was a good word for us and where we find ourselves at this stage of life.  That indeed "goodness grows slowly" and "goodness demands staying power."  We see it in our marriage and our friendships and business and parenting and ministry and Galatians 6:9 is right on the money:

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

In his 40 years, Jack has done small things in a slow, steady, repetitive way- forgiving, teaching, loving, showing up- and I'm so proud to call him my husband and privileged to walk life's road with him by my side.  

Happiest of birthdays, my love.  Here's to the harvest.  

reppin the boot on Fat Tuesday

Thursday, February 16, 2017

when you're ten and adorable

What a great gift he is to us.  Thank you Jesus for sweet Z.

And Sam, too!  It's been a lot of years now, these two birthday boys celebrating together.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

in the middle of things

When your kids are little, the meat of mom life revolves around poo and pee and making sure everyone stays alive and that everyone sleeps when they're supposed to (God help me, God helped me) and eats what they're supposed to.  Of course, the cuddles and the heart melting cuteness is a total and complete pay-off, but one day you'll wake up and realize that your middle child is turning 10 on a very middle-life year of your life and you understand that the middle is where you are.  And after maybe little nostalgia, you also realize that the middle is a pretty sweet place to be in and of itself. You have a family of personalities as distinct as the cast of characters in AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh and you see this family dynamic congealing and forming something really unique and holy and pleasant.

We pre-celebrated Zeke's 10th birthday in Dallas this weekend- just us- and it was fitting that I'm seeing that my easy-going middle child on his middle of childhood birthday on my middle of life year is showing me the sweetness and joy of the middle.

Happy birthday, my sweet Z.  We love you big. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

deep thoughts

Yesterday, his teacher told me that in the middle of a grammar lesson, Asher looked at her and asked, "Ms. W, do you think it would be hard to be a hot dog?"

Love it.