Hello, friends! How was your weekend? Big hugs to all the mamas out there!
My fondest first Mother’s Day memory (other than just getting to spend it with my Sonny, of course) was definitely plastic brunch. He and I were home alone ’til lunchtime, and I didn’t say a word about the holiday when we woke up, but for some reason, he decided he wanted to make me more “food” after breakfast because he loved me “soooo much”. What a doll baby. I don’t care what Folgers says, the best part of waking up is definitely kissing his spongey cheeks. 😉
We had a pretty rough start last Fall, what with the three of us navigating totally new-to-us waters and all, but boy have we learned a lot about loving each other and leaning on the Lord over the past 9 months. Lately, I feel straight up awed by the gift of prayed-for connectedness, and so, so grateful for a God that doesn’t give us more than He can handle.
And speaking of things that make me smile, I’m reading ‘Love Does‘ by Bob Goff right now. I’ve still got a few chapters to go, but so far, my absolute favorite line in the book is on page 111. It says, “Somehow he made it sound like we were both still counting“.
I underlined it because the author did one of my absolute favorite things there. He figured out a really beautiful way to describe something I love so much about certain people.
You’ll probably need to read the previous page to really appreciate what he said:
Do you see what he did there now? How he made us feel about the storekeeper by revealing how the storekeeper would want us to feel about us? So endearing!
I also love the next line. “When he was done, I’d look into his eyes to see if I had enough“. What a sweet visual. Can’t you just picture young Bob, head still tilted down, while only his hopeful eyes move up to see if there’s candy on the way? Good stuff. 🙂
Have you underlined something great lately? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section if you have!
“…the spiritual disciplines aren’t meant to simply be studied. They are meant to be done. Their power is in their practice.”
p. 13 – Enjoying Jesus: 12 Experiences That Will Draw You Closer (one of the If:Gathering studies)
😧 Can you turn the page so I can read what happens next? 😆x
I was thinking the same thing Mandy, that and I’d sure love to go and shop there.
Me too! I need the next page, Layla! What does he do with that bright, shiny penny?!
Maryjane from MB, Canada
me too! I think I want to go read this book?
I love that I’m not the only one who read both full pages. 🙂
I’m in the process of reading “Will’s Red Coat” by Tom Ryan. Within the first few pages I was hooked. He had one simple line in the first few pages that leaped off the page and has been with me for days…..”With Acceptance comes Trust”.
It’s simple to say but difficult to get there. Great book so far
I think that God matched you all up just right. Spongy cheeks, how adorable, and for Sonny to make you food without officially knowing what day it was speaks how much love he has for you.Thank-you for sharing your special moments and the ones from the book.also the line from the book, I’d love to of read more.
Happy belated Mother’s Day.
Cindy in Oklahoma
Layla, This is not a recent find… but one I cannot… have not been able to shake. The book was not one of my favorites so I can’t recommend it, but this quote hit me like a ton of bricks. “People do not change, they are merely revealed.” – Anne Enright author of the Gathering.
I still don’t know exactly why it is one of the few quotes that pop into my brain on a regular basis, but it does. Maybe it’s because people may appear as one thing and eventually show us their very different selves to our surprise or maybe it’s because people sometimes are late bloomers and don’t reveal all they’re capable of until one day they do… I don’t know. All I know is that it was written. I read it. And I’m forever impacted by it.
Happy Mothers’ Day, Mom! I love reading your love stories…..
OH, Layla -oh, I almost burst into tears reading this about what Sonny Boy did! The Lord gave you such a confirmation of HIS love when he put those words on his lips! My heart melted! Kids! They can take us to the brink for sure but man, oh man, the rewards are monumental!
Here’s a quote I highlighted on my kindle when reading Edie Wadsworth’s book (I’m sure you probably read it) ALL THE PRETTY THINGS: THE STORY OF A SOUTHERN GIRL WHO WENT THROUGH THE FIRE TO FIND HER WAY HOME :
“It was then that I first began to realize that the painful parts of our lives are often the very things that God will use as gifts to bless and change us and the people we meet”
That sentence blew me away. My six year on/off battle with cancer sure has shown me that he DOES use all things for good and that I have a platform help encourage, advise and help those fighting.
Bless you, Kevin & Sonny Boy!!! You are such a tender heart and I’ve so loved watching your journey!
“Listening is not passive.” Elizabeth Strout – “Anything is Possible”
So simple but “real” listening is certainly not
a passive action.
How I miss being served plastic food 😓☺️
I have two grown daughters and my youngest would cook and serve me plastic food regularly. Time flies. Cherish Sonny serving you…. my girls are 29 and 30 and how I’d love to be served plastic food again
Happy Mother’s Day Layla – may you be blessed with each passing day with your Sonny.
Oh! I have one by Fredrik Backman in “A Man Called Ove.”
“He was a man of black and white. And she was color. All the color he had.”
This really gets me!
Layla, please send me a copy of page 112 so I can see what the storekeeper did with the penny! Rhonda