Thursday, April 19, 2012

little by little, inch by inch

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 me patrick.
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.
{ephesians 1:7-12}

p.s. saw this tweet a bit ago, be encouraged:


  1. Way to go, E!!!!
    That's so awesome, Hannahgirl!

  2. Hope Patrick gets better soon! So glad to hear about Elijah's progress, and such a wonderful reminder to persevere. The Hab 2:14 tweet is so good! thanks for sharing!

  3. This little birdie is so proud of Elijah for every small step in Autism would be a HUGE step for us... in other words. Elijah made a big step! Wooo Hooo!

    And that tweet? Perfect!

    And you? Thw cat's meow.


  4. Praising the Lord.
    This is amazing.
    I love hearing this story - thank you for sharing with those of us who are along for the journey with you! :)

    Continuing to pray, and accompanying that with some praise for the mighty work He is doing in your family's lives!

  5. This is my song today. I feel so defeated sometimes at my inability to stay on top of _____ (pantry, fridge, laundry, children's training, etc. etc.) but today the Lord gave me the sense of freedom in taking one day, one moment at a time, and being faithful with that. You are a blessing!

  6. Love this Hannah girl! Love the e story! And the tweet.

  7. Your writing always moves me. . .inch by inch: O Hope the man gets over his "na cold" quickly--tough days: )

  8. rejoicing with you over the victories of small steps, little by little!

  9. Oh friend I'm so thrilled for you all. Gods got this yes indeed.
    I need that sing and verse today.
    Thank you tons.

  10. I'm so happy to read this today. May you guys be blessed with many MANY more small victories!

  11. Each step is so significant. Cheering along with you!

  12. thanks for the Inch by Inch reminder! It pertains to so many areas of life. Love you!

  13. Sweet Hannah! This is good encouragement. I totally know that song! :)
    And, I know about man cold. I am sorry. ;) My dad & brothers have always been inflicted with them. My own husband only gets standard colds. I am grateful for that.

  14. what a sweet victory! and that tweet is amazing. like i will think about it for days and days. may God continue to bless you, my dear, inch by inch! xoxo!!!

  15. Oh no, a man cold, ugh. I mean, feel better soon Patrick! Love to hear e's progress. What a blessing to have him with teachers who obviously love him. Inch by inch girl.

  16. Hannah... Love this. And you have all my sympathy as you endure the man cold!

  17. Loved everything about your words as a mother in this post. :)

  18. so glad eli is doing so well at school, and enjoying it. what a blessing that is for you.

  19. Love that Habbakuk tweet! Here's to small victories, of all kinds. :-)

  20. Elijah rocks! Yay for progress! And I totally laughed out loud at the "man cold" comment. I SOOOOO know what you mean!

  21. Oh no....a man sorry!!
    And, way to go Eli!!!!! So awesome!!!

  22. your a great mommy hannah. if we don't get to hang out here.. it will be a blast in heaven. thank you for your encouraging words!

  23. I was encouraged by this post. I know that's such a bland sort of sentence but it's true. I always feel so moved when someone speaks on the topic of pressing on, inch by inch, and having faith that God's plan is SO, so much as work and through it all his name is being glorified. The gospel is so good.

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