this morning came early, considering i tossed and turned all night.
patrick has a man cold. if you know what that is, then i know you have great sympathy for
if you don't know what a "man cold" is, i hope you can avoid them for the rest of your earthly days.
and of course, i hope my sweetie man feels better very soon, bless his soul.
elijah has been a jolly little elf all day today! beginning with a chatty car ride to school.
i snapped this as he was telling me something before i walked him to his teachers.
and whatever he was telling me, it was hilarious;
because he was laughing heartily at himself as i helped him with his backpack.
something else funny, is elijah wearing a backpack. need a photo of that, for sure.
he saw one of his teachers, and pulled at me to walk faster, then reached for her hand,
turned to me and sad "buhbuhbye, uhbye!" and didn't look back once as he trotted into school.
well, as happy as it made me to see him so pleased to be there, i cried a little.
i cried because i miss him when he goes to school.
then happy tears, because he is really making progress,
and this was an example of that!
sometimes i forget, or even ignore, the little things along this path of life.
i feel defeated and stressed out because things aren't moving quick enough, and i feel unsuccessful.
when i do this, i miss these little victories, signs that there is indeed a god at work here!
i need to trust him, and press on.
we wait for elijah to become more social,
to learn to communicate with speech,
to hear us when we speak to him,
and so much more...
it feels so far off.
this morning, as my happy boy waltzed away from me into school,
i saw that little bit of progress, and i thanked god.
grateful for elijah not fighting me out of the car, grateful for his smile and reaching for the teacher.
i thanked god for him looking me in the eyes and saying bye so sweetly.
when i was a kid. there was a kid's tape i wore out.
it had a song on it, part of it said:
"little by little, inch by inch,
by the yard it's hard,
by the inch, what a cinch!
never stare up the stairs,
just step up the steps,
little by little, inch by inch"
and here i am, thirty-one years old, singing the truth of that kid's song.
because it's true. 100% wise advice.
and i want you to sing it as well.
remind yourself today, step by step, keep pressing on!
no matter where you are, what you're doing, small or great...
it is important, every step. and take notice of the little workings of his hand.
you will get to exactly where you need to be.
and god will be glorified in it, trust him!
In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace,
which he lavished upon us,
in all wisdom and insight making known to us
the mystery of his will,
according to his purpose,
which he set forth in Christ
as a plan for the fullness of time,
to unite all things in him,
things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance,
having been predestined according to the purpose
of him who works all things
according to the counsel of his will,
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ
might be to the praise of his glory.
p.s. saw this tweet a bit ago, be encouraged: