big brother. big memories. big wounds. big healing. big blessing.
there was nothing small about vinny, his life, his way, and our relationship.
GOD does big healing when HE allows big wounds that tear apart a little life, on this little earth during this little time. I’ll take it. I’ll take the tears (tares) with the tears for the time I had with him and the time I have with HIM. the little time for the big time in all of eternity.
the big memories are a big blessing. the big memories help heal the big wound. but not really. memories and time do not heal wounds. GOD’s WORD does. HIS WORD is life. HIS WORD is truth. HIS WORD is the only thing that can tear and repair. for REAL. all other healing is scar tissue.
so today I reflect on big going away parties we had for small trips. outrageous middle of the night phone calls. outrageous requests. fishing time on the georges river and the dam up the street from my grandparents. after school torture. unspoken deep connection. a loving family. shared heart aches. a beloved brother completely healed at the feet of JESUS. no more tears (tare) or tears. no pain. he is rallying for the truth of GOD’s WORD all the more now that he knows the TRUTH. makes me want the TRUTH of GOD’s WORD all the more.
missing but rejoicing.
all my love to my big brother.
I got a juicer for Christmas from Dave. Something I have been really wanting lately since helping my friend Dee and finding some of her juice recipes absolutely delicious. We weren’t technically getting gifts for each other but Dave surprised me with a juicer and a bunch of really awesome books. My first recipe was a lime, ginger, and beet juice. So good. I let Henry try one I made. Not surprisingly found it disgusting. But I have found a secret weapon. I juiced carrots, kale, beets and apples and masked it in a smoothie. He drank the whole thing . AND, Dave has been juicing. Which is the most shocking of all!
We all got to open our gifts from Grammie Sue & Grampa Dan today. My mom was here on a layover on a business trip and was able to spend seven hours with us. It was a great Christmas gift for our family. Not to mention the bonus of all of the gifts we got.
Henry was crying tonight because he was scared. That’s his usual stall from going to sleep. Dave told him just to go to bed. When I went into his room he had his lion over him for protection as he was sleeping. Wanted to capture this for Aunt Sissie & Uncle Vick.
Please pray for the Lord to guide the surgeons’ hands today as my friend with bone cancer gets a very difficult procedure starting at 9:30 this morning.
My little superstar is 6 months old today. I can hardly believe it.
My cookie decorating machine…
The end of last week we went to wholefoods for my friend. A very nice west African man was helping us out to our car. I was asking him where his country was and he and Henry were talking about Christmas. Henry asked him if he had presents and he said yes. Henry asked him if he had kids and he said no. Then Henry asked him if he had a brother and he said yes. When we got to the car Henry asked him where his husband was. I started to correct Henry and was going to tell him that this gentleman would have a wife. Then I realized that isn’t the case anymore. This man could have a husband, so I stopped talking. Then Henry piped up that “our” husband was at work. Which got us all laughing.