Sunday, April 13, 2014

From the lips of children and infants... (a video)

video
So I sometimes find myself not writing on here because I imagine this blog needs to be something really elaborate and thought provoking and long (I know, I know, you probably would love shorter posts)

I find myself writing out random thoughts throughout my days
Gradually, over a few days, I construct thoughts, and eventually a "jessica-approved" post is published in my mind.

Then it takes me about 4 days to have time to write it

Then I post it and 2 weeks go by before I post again.

(Not that I need to post more than that and there is surely no standard to match up to here)

But today, I was reading in Psalm 8

"From the lips of children and infants
You have ordained praise...
to SILENCE THE AVENGER"

"Boom. Baby."
(reference from The Emperor's New Groove...a movie which my best friend from 2nd grade, Liz, and my brother, Josh, are probably the only 2 aware of or finding humor in such a ridiculous reference...)

But really.

BOOM. BABY.

It not about word flow or word count.
It is not about how often I write.
It is not about whether my timbre of prose creates the ambiance and affection I am looking for.
Because it is not about me.
It is about Him.
And He ordains praise from children and infants.
He, Who said "let the children come to me", when his 12 besties deemed them burdensome.
He, Who takes the things that are not, to nullify the things that are.
He, Who takes foolish things to shame the wise.
He.
He.
He.

And that video up there which I opened this post with for you...
Dear one, that is praise for me this Sabbath.
A picture of the Father's heart, in the life of my husband.
Cuddling his two boys.
One of the boys, a token of health
The other, daily in battle of some sort, rather it be a new skin rash or a dry trach or a severe infection
Yet both are equal on their father's lap
And both are reveling in the affection he is giving them
Both are laughing a deep belly shaking laughter.
It does not matter that one once did not have a mouth and now has the most beautiful dimples in all the land
They see each other as brothers and are thoroughly enjoying the affection a father and the delight of seeing the other be tickled and giggling until they lose control

Dear ones, that is Praise this morning
Through the mouths of these two children of mine
I see a Creator's hands
A God Who works in ways far beyond me
A Father Who delights in ordaining praise from the littlest and the least qualified, in our temporal eyes.

And all of that?
To SILENCE the avenger
The avenger who questions the beginning of life
The avenger who dares look at one, unformed, and question his need to live
The avenger who limits the power of a Divine One who makes us in His image
That avenger is silenced when children who should not be alive, praise Him thru laughter
That avenger is silenced when children, fully formed physically, look at a child who looks different on the outside...and see right past it
That avenger is silenced when life and laughter and childhood are celebrated and reveled in

Let this God man, who designed such tactics of receiving praise
Be praised.
Forever and ever amen.

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If you are on EST and in the Jacksonville, Florida area...
Today is the last day to visit One Spark Jax and vote for our boy, Adam;)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lessons from Adam


Before I get started...read yesterday's post and if you are in the Jax area...



I have learned things from our Adam that will surely echo in my heart and mind forevermore.
His life in itself is a miracle and a gift.
His laughter, I am sure, makes "the trees of the field clap their hands", as Isaiah wrote.
He has overcome some major battles and yet still he laughs.
It takes time to learn how to interact with Adam, of that I am becoming more aware.
Often times, I think people feel intimidated or hesitant on how to interact with him.
I think it comes down to being calm, gentle, and funny with him.
He loves funny voices and being tickled.
And he knows when he is safe in arms that are confident to hold him.
He is certainly a bit picky in who he goes to, which may be his age or it may be him.
Only time will tell;)
But I do hope that you get the chance to hold and cuddle him at one point.
Because BOY is it grand.
Until then, I thought I'd share a few lessons from life with Adam thus far;)

1.  Laugh whenever laughter comes. Don't feel restrained, nor compelled, by the environment. Don't laugh only when it is expected of you or asked of you by voices around. Just laugh when you feel tickled about something that merits laughter;) Especially at night, when you find that sleep is not coming...just throw your hands up in the air and laugh...for you have shown me that is the language of heaven;)

CHECK OUT those dimples!

2. When life is tough and you are tired, find a soft pillow near by and collapse on it;) Everyone needs a soft pillow decorated in extravagant designs of splendor to be studied in detail and appreciated again and again. No shame and no need to call it "extravagance";) And if possible, your pillow should be life size to you...so can lay across it and feel as if you are on the clouds. That is how Adam rests and calms himself. And I think that would be quite therapeutic for us too;)

3. Swing all day, every day. Whether it is a tire swing or a hammock swing or whatever it may be...swing and swing high and swing all the day long. It is good for the soul.


4. You can never be on a bicycle for too long. It is good for the mind, body, and soul;)

5. Study color and detail intricately in all things.



6. Give high fives often and generously. Don't hold back.

7. "Do what you mean and mean what you do";) (My mom, Adam's "mimi" always says "say what you mean. mean what you say"). Adam does not say anything much yet, but you KNOW what he means by what he does. And what he means he really means. He does not care what response is wanted of him. He may not be speaking his mind yet, but he is "doing his mind". And from a woman who has struggled with people pleasing much of her life, I like seeing that in my son;) Though it can be called stubbornness and I pray grace softens its rough edges over the years...I think it can be a very strong trait to have as well;)


8. Music heals the soul and can never be listened to long enough or loud enough;)



9. Surround yourself with lights of all kinds (especially twinkle lights) all day every day. Seasons of decoration come and go, but you should never limit the amount of twinkle lights in your life;)


10. Live in the moment of NOW. Do not worry about tomorrow.


                              











Friday, April 11, 2014

Be One Spark!

So you may remember last year, when we shared about One Spark Jacksonville?

Well it is taking place again THIS WEEKEND.
It is happening right now and local artist, Scott Morphew, is featuring his piece in honor of Adam again.
You can visit the website for the current One Spark festival HERE

If you are in Jacksonville, please be sure to stop by downtown and vote for Adam!
News4Jax interviewed artist, Scott, and a piece of the interview can be found HERE

If we win, it is a chance to win a financial gift towards future medical needs for our boy!
It is also a chance to share a bit of our story.
Every bit counts;)

And in case THAT is not alluring enough...check out this photo shoot in which Adam requests your vote;)

so excited...he had to dance before getting to work;)
a little adjustment.

                                             
spell check...he knows mom is SPACY!


almost there...

ahhh yes. He is a little hesitant as he is so not a baby anymore...but he said it will do for the sake of getting the word out;)