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Let us all pray for peace not only this holy weekend but everyday for the world is sorely troubled. May you have a blessed weekend everyone.
Whenever I cover an event and I see parents with their children I smile. Even when they are cutting up or bawling away I see my past as a mother, my present as a Nana, and the future of humanity in their little faces. I see the joy and exuberance that we as adults have lost or pushed away because we are no longer “supposed” to act that way. You can’t help but smile when you see a little one experiencing a new taste, or dancing as best they can to music, learning to walk, or conquering their fear of getting on a slide.
Sometimes I just smile at the parents before taking the photo of their child, or I ask if it is alright to do so, and sometimes when I sense it is acceptable with the parents, I will interact with the little one as with the little boy here. I embarrassed the poor child by telling him how much I loved his eyes and curly hair – he is so going to be a heart breaker one day.
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3
I am taking a detour from my usual topics to do something that I feel God is nudging me to do. I have forgotten who discovered who but this fellow blogger and I have been commenting on each others blogs for a while and it was through his that I learned of his wonderfully strange sense of humor and of the battle his little girl was going through with Ewing’s Sarcoma.
As a mother I was drawn to and touched so deeply by those posts when he mentioned his daughter. He had been off the grid for awhile and I just assumed (hoped) it was because she was going through some more treatments. Sadly that was not the case as I read this past Sunday that she had passed away the day before Valentines Day after a 10 month fight. I just sobbed and tried to tell DH through the tears why I was crying. It made everything I was even remotely miffed about at the time so incredibly insignificant in comparison.
I was in a sour mood because the 22nd was my baby’s birthday and I was anything but happy with her and her total lack of returning calls. We have butted heads since conception I think. Things were immediately put into perspective and even more so when I read that today, the 24th, would’ve been Kylie’s 13th birthday. As someone who has lost both parents and three siblings I know how those firsts – birthdays, holidays, etc. – without that loved one can hurt. I cannot begin to imagine what it will be like for this family. It’s a swift kick in the gut just to think about it.
I am sharing this from Kylie’s webpage; a request from her family to honor their child:
Feb 24th is Kylie’s birthday, which will be tough on the family. So we are asking for your help. This week, to honor her infectious smile and spirit, make someone else smile. In other words – Smile It Forward.
For this challenge, do something nice or unexpected, tell a joke, sing in public, or tickle somebody (be careful). If you can take a picture of your “victim”, put it on the Smiley For Kylie Facebook page, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #SmileItForward. If you can’t snap a picture, just tell us about how the smile happened.
Let’s spread Kylie’s joy for her birthday! At the end of the week, we will decide on the best #SmileItForward pic or story and send a couple of Smiley For Kylie bracelets. www.smileyforkylie.com
I invite you to smile it forward – in honor of her and because it just might make somebody’s day who may be in need of a smile. Here is the link to her father’s blog, Life in Portsong, bless his heart 😉 Kylie’s favorite color was yellow.
Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9: 6
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Whatever happened to things in their proper time? Why the rush? What’s wrong with enjoying the moment without the clouds of the next moment not just being over the horizon but practically sitting on your lap! By the way…I am NOT happy about this cold and snow business so early; we had snow showers yesterday and they weather boffins are saying we might get some accumulation of the stuff in a day or so. What??? I’m already contemplating a warm weather get away to recharge my battery.
And some stores are already playing Christmas music with the decorations being out side by side with Thanksgiving decorations. I even saw one store with the Douglas firs out for sale and I love poinsettias but c’mon! These were in my local grocery store. Thanksgiving isn’t for another week and a half. I want to enjoy my turkey and pie before I think about the next round of decorations, thank you very much!
Have a great and warm Sunday 🙂
(photos taken with my android phone)
The First Parish Church Congregational church steeple in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday everyone. Peace be unto you – Teri
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them…” Matthew 18:20