Friday, May 10, 2013

Knowing His Breath

A few weeks ago, there was a prayer gathering held for a friend of ours before her surgery for a double mastectomy. It happened at church after the Saturday night service we usually attend. A few close friends and members of our prayer team gathered to lay hands on this friend and pray – out loud – for her and her family.

Dan was serving in another area when we first started, but he arrived at the prayer group just as we bowed our heads, laid our hands on her, and closed our eyes. Dan was across the huddle from me when I last saw him before I closed my eyes. Sometimes at prayer groups like this, there are too many people and we can’t all touch the person being prayed for (would that person be called the prayee?). My eyes were closed when I felt a hand land on my shoulder. I figured it was one of the pastors beside me so I didn’t look up. And then, I heard it: a breath.

After one breath in and one breath out, I knew without a doubt that the hand on my shoulder didn’t belong to the pastor: it was my husband’s. I knew this – not because of the way his hand felt – but because of the way his breath sounded in my ears. I know the rhythm of my husband’s breath as well as I know my own.

In the midst of praying for my friend, two revelations hit me:

First: how beautiful it felt, after many years of separation in our faith, to be praying in public with my husband. He is a Christ-follower now, and I still never tire of the surprise and joy that brings me on a daily basis.

Second: have I spent enough time intimately connected to God that I could tell His presence in my life simply from His breath surrounding me? I want to be so deeply connected to my Father that I can sense Him near me just by the way the air moves when He stirs it.

Breathe on me, breath of God, breathe on me
Breathe on me, breath of God, breathe on me
I come alive, I’m alive when you breathe on me
I come alive, I’m alive when you breathe on me
Awake, awake, awake my soul,
God resurrect these bones
From death to life, for you alone
Awake my soul

(Chris Tomlin, “Awake My Soul”)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bryn’s Prom

My teenaged friend Bryn (I call her Buddy Bryn) had her first Prom experience last night. She is the daughter of a friend Dan has known his whole life, so their family has been close to us for as long as I have known Dan. I begged to was asked to photograph Bryn, her boyfriend Chris, and the couple they double-dated with (the girl is Bryn’s best friend). I had such fun doing this photo shoot!







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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April 2013 Review

Grandma gave Dan his childhood trumpet, and the kids took immense pleasure in tooting it.


Maybe one day Katie or Jackson will actually play Dan’s trumpet for real. That would be really cool.IMG_2503

One of my best friends had a birthday party for her son, and Jackson and I crashed it. Gina had fantastic games and such creative ideas. Sometimes I watch her when she’s on her game (as a mommy and also as a star volunteer at our church), and I am incredibly grateful that God makes people who love kids. The thought of devising and making all those games for my son’s birthday party hurts my head!_MDS4958

We rotated lots of furniture throughout our house in April. I blame it on Santa for bringing a Wii to our house at Christmas! We upgraded TVs, which meant rearranging furniture and being creative with our living space. This desk I used in our craft room/dining room went to Katie’s room, and I inherited the old TV armoire as my new desk. Katie is thrilled with her new desk, and I like mine too!_MDS5019

One of the kindest compliments I’ve ever received is when my friend Laura hired me to give her son photography lessons. It was an Advent-Conspiracy-type birthday gift for him – a gift of presence and not stuff. It took us months to find a date that would work for our schedules, but Max and I finally met up at the local butterfly house and talked cameras for 2 hours. It was FUUUUUN! (Yes, I am a photography geek!)_MDS5037

And this photo represents one of the most extravagant gifts I’ve ever been given: cooking lessons from my friend Joe. (Here’s one of the other most extravagant!) His family is on a special diet because of food allergies, and I was bemoaning the fact that I can’t eat any “good” food anymore. He invited me to his house, where he showed me the contents of his entire pantry. He handed me a hand-written recipe book of all the meals he has developed for his family. Next, we drove to TWO nearby grocery stores and found ingredients for dishes that would taste good AND be safe for my gluten/corn/dairy-free dietary needs. The kicker? Joe wouldn’t let me pay for the groceries. Then he spent three hours of his own time showing me how to cook each of these meals, then sent me home with ALL the meals to fill my refrigerator. When I got in the car and left his house, I cried all the way home. It unravels me to think that my friend would give me such a generous, unselfish gift.IMG_2637

Jackson decided to make a Summer To Do list. He wants to go swimming, sleep in the tent, have a sleep over, fishing with his Poppy and cousin Adam, have his babysitter Genevieve over, play sports, do karate (caroty! ha!), throw the baseball with Daddy, see his cousins Hannah and Peyton, fireworks, and bugs.2013-04-14 JDSK Summer To Do List

This photo shows Jackson and our neighbor friend Charlie. I really really love this photo and how happy they look together.JDSK & Charlie

Jackson spent the $10 Walmart gift card that Mama Lucy and Papa John sent for his birthday. I told him he could buy goldfish, so he combined a little other money and bought five of them PLUS a fishbowl and accessories. A day later, one fish died. Two days later, another fish died. By May, only one fish remained. It’s not looking good for him either!IMG_2665

Katie hit a BIG milestone in April. In her school, 4th and 5th graders can earn responsibility lanyards if they have good behavior. She has been trying all year to earn one, but has been a little too *social* so far. But, finally, she came home one day and gave me the news: she got a lanyard! We jumped and hollered, and had a special dinner that night to celebrate too. It was a big day!_MDS5225

Katie got the spring cleaning bug. We were cleaning the house for visitors, and she was working on cleaning the guest bathroom. Next thing I know, she had moved to the laundry room and started organizing it as well. The entire room was dismantled and reorganized by the time she was done. Oh, how I LOVE that girl!IMG_2691

Dan and I got bit by the organizing bug too. We spent a good 4 hours in our basement, cleaning piles we have slowly accumulated over the last year. We took two carloads to the trash and to donate. It felt SO good to do that!IMG_2699

Father’s Day – and Mother’s Day! – came a bit early in our house. I was planning to buy Dan this hand blender he’d been wanting for a while, and then he came home from Costco with it one day. Stinker!  A few days later, I was putting something in the trunk of his car and he scoffed at me and said, “Oh, no. You found it!” I had no idea what he was talking about, until he pointed to the blender I’d put on my wish list. The funny thing is I wouldn’t have seen it if he hadn’t pointed it out! I’m oblivious sometimes, y’all!IMG_2697


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