Last Sunday, while the gingerbread men were in the oven, Grace, Whit and I had a Christmas carol danceathon
Grace and I have a book we hand back and forth in which we write to each other. Some of the book’s pages have prompts, and others are blank. It’s been a very effective way, so far, to communicate. I worry a lot about maintaining open dialogue with her as she moves into her tween years (and beyond) and small things like this book are one way to help do that. At least that’s my hope!
Most recently, she responded to this prompt: “They’re filming the story of your life. Who are the stars and what is it about?”
And this was her answer, which makes me proud, tearful, and amazed, all at once:
My stars are Matt, Lindsey, Whit, and Caroline. It’s all about hard times and good times and just how in the end everything is perfect.
Oh, Grace, my grace. Leading me to the truth, as always: noticing a sparrow and naming him Still (who has been joined by a second bird, lately, a fact that fills us all with delight. Grace has named the new bird Safe), noticing the magic all around us. Every single day. Thank you.
(photography by Whit)
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