Thursday, June 20, 2013

Recklessness... and year end photo recap.

(*This post is mostly about Joe.  He is heading off to Jr. High now! Eek!  Pinch me please and tell me I'm only dreaming.)
I only had a few photos out of the dozens of places we went and things we did at the end of this year's school term. These kiddos were so busy and I find myself wishing school would spread it out a bit more throughout the year, rather than running kids ragged for the final month.  But that's just my opinion.  Joe placed 7th in an all city track meet for triple jump.  Which is darn hard, by the way.  He wasn't at all impressed with his place.  (He is always going to dream of the A+... just like his parents.  Poor kid got a double dose. LOL)

 (Pre-Summer haircut for him.)  Love this boy.  Love how he lights up whenever I show up.  I pray that always happens.  He isn't afraid to hug me, hold my hand or give me a kiss and say, "I love you" in front of the guys.  Please tell me this isn't going to change.  Like... ever. Thanks.

 The last week of school was full of major emotional meltdowns.  I think with the funeral last weekend, company, and late nights... kind of did my kiddos in.  Joe woke up on Tuesday freaking out because he was in charge of writing a speech to deliver for the whole school, as the 5th grade class graduated. Um... yeah, he didn't even have it started, nor did he share this information with his Mama until the morning OF. Kids!  Hours later, after a couple trips into the school for random help, and a few frantic, emotional phone calls to his Mama, he was calmed down enough to get that thing done.  And he nailed it.  He is very at home with a full audience and a microphone.  (He did not inherit one scrap of that from his mother, as I'd prefer to hide on my Mama's lap, given this choice.) He was up there ad-libbing and talking with ease.  He even had the crowd laughing.  That's like speech magic.  I breathed a big sigh of relief for him.  It's amazing how we take on their little emotions, isn't it? 

 (I guess technically, it would have been 2012.  Oops.)
Yep.  They grew.  (Joe grew 4 inches since the first day of school and Ava grew 2 1/2.)

In closing, as I try not to think about that growth too much... I wanted to share this encouragement from Oswald Chambers in "My Utmost for His Highest." (I love his writing.)  
"And Peter...walked on the water to go to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid." 
(Matthew xiv. 29-30)   
"The wind was actually boisterous, the waves were actually high, but Peter did not see them at first.  He did not recon with them, he simply recognized his Lord and stepped out in recognition of him and walked on the water.  Then he began to reckon with actual things, and down he went instantly.  If you are recognizing your Lord, you have no business with where He engineers your circumstances.  The actual things are, but immediately you look at them you are overwhelmed, you cannot recognize Jesus, and the rebuke comes: "Wherefore didst thou doubt?"  Let actual circumstances be what they may, keep recognizing Jesus, maintain complete reliance on Him.  If you debate for a second when God has spoken, it is all up.  Never begin to say-"Well, I wonder if He did speak?"  Be reckless immediately, fling it all out on Him.  You do not know when His voice will come, but whenever the realization of God comes in the faintest way imaginable, recklessly abandon.  It is only by abandon that you recognize Him.  You will only realize His voice more clearly by recklessness."  

I have soaked these words in, exactly seven different times this week.  Just so you know.  "Fling it all out on Him in reckless abandon."  Oh how I love the visual image I get when I read that.  I can see myself taking all of my burdens, stuffing them into a big box, struggling to pull the cardboard flaps over the top and taping it closed carefully... then I bend with my knees, lift it to my chest, take a deep breath, and fling that box as hard as I can in the direction of my Lord, recklessly, without worrying that He will catch it.  KNOWING that He surely will.  Turning my back on where the box lands, entrusting that box fully into to His care.  Then tipping my face upward... I look for His face warming mine, much like one lifts her face to catch the warm rays of the sun.  

Happy Summer sweet things!! 


  1. Well said and yes they do grow so much at these ages. So many changes in my little guys as well, little guys they are 7 and 9...LOL

  2. Yay, another school year completed! I love these milestone pictures. My your kiddos sure HAVE grown this year!!! Hope you have an excellent summer. Keep me "in the loop" girlie! xo

  3. I hear you--the end of the school year is when they pile on all the activities. Even Kindergarten had our family running the race at the end with talent shows and parties and field days. They make you earn that summer vacation. SIGH We compared our first day of school photo with the last, too, and they grow too too fast. From wide-eyed and ready to start 'real' school to miss smarty pants (we're considering homeschool).
    Anyway, summer greetings to you LMM! You have really been inspired to create a beautiful blog/ family.

  4. Thank you so much for the awesome Oswald Chambers quote!! I needed it and I know others do to. Thank you!!

  5. Fantastic. Just fantastic! Needed this today! Thank you!!! Be blessed.

  6. awww, so sweet!

    it will never change! like...never.

    love the quote!

    happy summer to you too!

  7. My oldest boy is 17 and he still hugs me, kisses me on the cheek, says "I love you", and walks with his arm around me - yes even in front of his friends. It is precious to me, and somedays I wonder if he knows how precious. I pray for you that it will never change. By the look in his eyes in that pic of the two of you I would say there's a good chance it won't. I'm sure I don't need to tell you but, there are many fun times ahead - hold on to every moment :). My first born will be a senior next year - I will be flinging my box of cares and worries as well - thanks for sharing!

  8. I can't believe how much they grew from their first day of school pic to now! Today is my "baby's" birthday. Hard to believe Caroline is four years old! And my Ava starts kindergarten in September. Oh, and I am salivating over those yummy eclairs! :)

  9. I am amazed at the difference between Day 1 and the Last Day - they have grown so much!! Oh and I want to come to your house for doughnuts...yum :-)

  10. I can't beleive how much your sweet kiddos have changed and grown this year! That is both a happy and a sad thing - moms will understand. You have a gorgeous family and I love reading about your adventures. My daughter and I are doing a summer challenge which was prompted by the death of a dear, Godly friend. We are doing one fun thing a day. I actually blogged about it today. Stop by the clog and join us in the challenge! Blessings, Susan

  11. Great action shots. I can't imagine giving a speech for the whole school. Talk about nightmare. I can only imagine how proud you were. He pulled it off!!! I don't measure my kids. I should. That growth is crazy. Happy Summer indeed. Love you girl.

  12. "If you are recognizing your Lord, you have no business with where He engineers your circumstances. ". That stopped me in my tracks!!!

    That's a good word right there! If we only focused on our sweet Lord, the rest would be taken care of!!

    Thanks for sharing this Sasha! Have a blessed summer!!

  13. I wish I could feel comfortable to talk in front of a group of people such a great gift to have, isn't it scary how much change a school year can bring our kids to be a little grown up and independence.
    Happy Summer.

  14. loved the recap of your year.....
    way to go JJ on his speech....BIG DEAL. oldest went through about 6 months of not wanting to show me public affection..heck attention of any sort!
    BUT, he came back around...
    it was a hard season....
    we're learning TONS about parenting older's really very different from parenting 0-12 year olds.
    lots of letting go...not dying on hills that aren't them space to make decisions for themselves....not bailing them out when they make wrong ones...
    i'm telling you..this is a whole new game. :) and honestly, I LOVE it.
    we're enjoying our 13 year old SOOOOO much!!!

  15. Are you sure the before picture wasn't from a couple of years ago? My gosh!
    And good job Joe on the speech! It'd rather hide in a corner. Public speaking scares me!

  16. Hats off to him!! he looks confident while giving his speech!
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