This weekend we celebrated Miss Courtney’s 20th birthday. I am amazed and so grateful for the Lord’s continued benevolence and generosity when it comes to my daughters well being. She has surpassed everything the doctors told us when she was young. Because we live with such uncertainty of how long Our Lord will allow Courtney to remain with us, we celebrate the heck out of ANY milestone. This years was so exception.
|so blessed to have spent 20 year loving and serving our special one|
:: noticing God’s glory
This morning as I was taking my daily walk I thought about my boys. Jerry and Jonathan have gone through as much as I have over these last 20 years. Jonathan bears so many things quietly. I remember once when he was about eight. His eardrum had burst while he was sleeping one night. He woke up crying and when I saw what had happened, I asked him how long his ear had been bothering him. “All week” he said. I asked why he had not told me before so we could go to the doctor. He said “Courtney’s sick. She was having seizures. I didn’t want you to worry about me too.”
|the upper church…just so beautiful and peaceful…|
Oh my boy what you shoulder in your heart that your Mama will never know about. I was so thankful that this year all four of us could make the pilgrimage to the National Basilica in DC this weekend. How can you NOT notice God’s glory in such a beautiful worship space. It gave us a chance to pray together as a family and for Jerry and I to pray in a special way for our son. A bear of a man who bares many trials with such dignity and humor…just like his Daddy.
:: listening to
While we wer at the Shrine, Miss Courtney decided that singing her way down the main aisle in the Upper Church would be a wonderful thing. Given that it is a HUGE space with vaulted ceilings that echo when you breathe. So you ca imagine that when my daughter opened her mouth to sing, we made quite the impression. As I was shushing her, a priest came out of the Blessed sacrament Chapel and I had visions of another stressful moment. But God was kind and when the priest saw my daughter being pushed by her daddy and hushed quietly by her Mama, he gave me two thumbs up and went back into the Chapel. What a GIFT!! Miss Courtney continues to sing throughout the rest of our time there and everyone was OK with it. THAT was a first and a definite gift to my girl on her special day. See…ALL are welcome!
:: clothing myself in
I am all about comfort these days so it was a maxi dress on saturday and comfy 3/4 length tunic and capri pants today. Simple, simple, simple is how we roll.
:: thinking and thinking
This will be the first September since my girl was one that we will not get on the school bus and go to school. I am slowly beginning to see the silver lining here and am beginning to compile a list of places we can go this fall. It is our favorite season of the year and I am looking forward to exploring Northern VA like never before.
|from one of the side chapel walls at the Shrine…such color and wonder.|
|YES!! There was chocolate cake!! So good!!|
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