Thursday, January 31, 2008


I have been struck lately by the joy that children bring. We had our good friends from Nashville, Paul, Ericka, and Riley, into town last weekend. They have had such a difficult year, and it was so good to be with them. Our weekend was filled with wonderful conversation, food, and laughter. It was so fun to watch Anna Lee and Riley play together. This past summer, when Paul and Ericka were dealing with a lot, it was amazing to see the smiles that Riley could bring to people's faces. He is a ray of sunshine, and makes everyone around him feel that too. Here are a couple of pictures of Anna Lee and Riley together last weekend. It really was a joyful time.

A couple of weeks ago, my grandmother got really sick and moved in with my parents. She is such a wonderful woman. She has lost most of her sight and hearing, and yet never complains. I am so thankful for her. Soon after her move to San Antonio, my parents' 13 year old dog, Holly, got really sick and had to be put to sleep last Tuesday. For most people, this would be pretty sad, but for our family, it has been like losing a family member. I decided to load Anna Lee up and take her to San Antonio to give my parents and grandmother a dose of her happiness. Again, I was amazed at the way her presence could bring about such a sense of joy. I have been reminded this past week of the joy of children. And I have been thankful.


Larissa Smith said...

Hey, girl! I'm loving the pictures of the big girl; she is adorable.

I was actually just thinking how amazing it is that children easily affect those around them. Shaye and I just got home from WalMart and I wish I had counted the number of people who lit up when she smiled at them. None of them would have lit up like that if I smiled at them, so it is pure child power. What a gift!