Day 10 – Sweet Pick-Me-Up

Today is a day for rest.  With chronic illness I’ve learned the hard way that I often have to listen to my body and do what it’s telling me or I find myself in BIG trouble for days to come.  Thankfully we have a pretty low-key weekend and I can hibernate today and just look out at all the pretty snow from underneath my Vera Bradley blanket in my comfies and Ugg-ly slippers.  When I walked into the bathroom first thing this morning feeling yucky, I saw the sweetest thing.

Jackson made me this little booklet out of sticky notes and I just love it.  Whenever I see it I always smile and no matter how I’m feeling, it always picks me up.  “Mama and me snuggle….Mama and me get ice cream….Mama and me make dinner….” Jackson wears his sweet little heart on his sleeve and he is so mama’s little boy.

Maxwell just came in from shoveling the driveway with Jackson and he said “Oh, he’s crazy!  Where did he come from?”  I laughed and said “God!”  Max giggled and said “Yeah!”  We often laugh at how boring our lives would be without Jack.  He is hilarious.  When you hear his infectious laugh that comes all the way from his toes, you can’t help but smile.  He is so genuine and engaging with everyone he comes in contact with.

People have commented on Jack’s new mohawk haircut and were surprised I “let” him do it for family pictures.  It so fits his personality and it’s adorable.  We just love this little boy so.  God knew we needed him and He has a sense of humor.  The news of his existence came JUST as we were thinking we would permanently be a family of four.  God knew my mama’s heart and that I so desired more babies though with my health we were not sure. Thankfully God had other plans and expanded our family and hearts immeasurably by this precious one bursting onto the scene.

I’ve learned so much from the Lord through Jackson’s life.  He is so persistent.  It has made me learn to persevere no matter what.  I hope that character trait continues with him throughout his entire life…that he will press on toward the goal of the upward call of Christ.  I pray that he will continue to love unhindered and selflessly without prejudice so that others will be drawn to Jesus through him.  On this day of not feeling well I am so thankful for his sweet presence.

…Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!  Matthew 6:8 (NLT)

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