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For the Love of Obedience

We live in a world that loves the idea of obedience.  Blind obedience.  First-time obedience.  Obedience without question.  Obedience without complaint.

o·be·di·ence
noun

  1. compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.
    “children were taught to show their parents obedience”

To what outcome does obedience accomplish? For whose sake?  There are times when it is very important that people of all ages follow rules and laws.  Those are truly few in the grand scope of life.  We need to consider the things we are asking of children to see if they are truly a need or if they are arbitrary things that someone has decided are important and necessary, that may not be at all.

We tell children to not talk to strangers for example, but then expect them to talk to strangers all the time.  Friends or co-workers of adults, even relatives that are not familiar to the child are placed before kids, and we demand they show “respect” and talk to them, answer them, allow themselves to be touched/hugged by them.  If a child does not obey our command to engage with others they get reprimanded.  What kind of message are we truly sending?

So many parents demand obedience from children towards adults and then when a child is confronted with an adult (or even another child) who poses a threat we want them to not obey.    Not all authority figures are worthy of following, and not all things said by those whom a child would be willing to acquiesce to is in their best interest to follow without question.

Respect can be demanded but that rarely, if ever, has an outcome of respect.

If you want to control and coerce another, punishment is often effective. If you want true understanding and change, punishment is ineffective.

Perhaps you do not intend to act in a hateful way towards your kids, but you may not be treating your children with equal respect and consideration. Are you willing to acquiesce to someone else asserting authority over you?   Having them demanding respect and believing you have to give it?  Would you actually mean it?  Would you submit to and obey all others without complaint or questioning, and agree to punished if you do not? That would include allowing any kind of punishment that you believe is appropriate and acceptable to do to a child be done to you. Perhaps you don’t hate them, but they could come to hate you.

If you would not accept that from any other person, someone bigger, stronger, more developmentally and emotionally mature than you, someone who is supposed to be caring for and about you, then it would stand to reason that a child should never have to be treated and mistreated in such a manner.

There are so many ways to work with a child that does not need to have authority asserted over them. au·thor·i·ty: 1.the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. Perhaps we should not put authority on such a pedestal. Why do we believe children deserve to be ordered around and to be obedient without question? How is that respectful? If you want respect from others, you need to be respectful to them. Be the example of what you want from them. “power” “right” “enforce” – those things are favorites of tyrants, parents should be partners, not tyrants. There is a choice to be made regarding this.

There are kinder and gentler ways to raise a child to be respectful, to thrive, to understand and choose to follow those who may have authority over them within the home, in a job situation … Look for what is loving, kind, respectful, helpful, and builds connective relationships with your kids.

Unschooling and Worldview

The beauty of unschooling is, the principles remain the same regardless of our worldview. If we focus on relationship above all else then it becomes easier to see people, as human beings worthy of respect and kindness. It helps to be more comfortable sharing grace, forgiveness … not because we are Christian (or not), but because we are all beloved by the Creator and have a purpose.

When you start questioning your “why”, you will find that it can be very scary, difficult, even threatening to our own beliefs – because knowing why you believe something, really peeling it apart and looking for truth, rather than potentially accepted biases, prejudices, tradition, indoctrination … you will be better able to sift through and get rid of all that really does not benefit you building relationship. Relationship between you and God, you and each individual family member, you and friends, you and those you come in contact with regularly and occasionally.

You may begin to see the real heart of others, rather than a label they attach to themselves or have attached to them by others because who they are, is usually so much more, and so much less than we may believe due to the lens we have viewed them through before we started seeking to know the core of our “why”.

Just as you will be letting go of the schoolish verbiage, the schoolish thought, the schoolish expectations, you will find yourself more willing to let go of other things that hinder the natural process of learning, loving, connection … It is so worth any difficulty that you might experience when you begin to truly let go, and let God be the real leader of not only education but all of life. He brings people into our lives. Some are already in a relationship with Him. Some say they are, but only He will know if that is real or not. Some will not yet know of Him, and some may even deny His existence. Each and every single one of them is worthy of our time, our attention, our heart and our love. Not all will be front liners in our lives, and some may not be invited into our homes, but all should have the opportunity to share something of themselves that can help us become better people, clearer reflections of Christ. It is that reflection that may help them become better people as well.

Why are Children Seen as Lesser Than?

So many will say that children are a blessing, yet they treat them as if they need to be controlled and coerced into some imagined acceptable little person.  If they say the wrong word, some arbitrary collection of “bad” words or phrases, they are slapped, hit, soap in mouths, chastised, shamed, forced to be set aside in time out … as if that would help the child understand and mature beyond their abilities.  We expect them to be like little adults in their behavior, yet we would not treat another adult is such a manner.  We make excuses, call it good parenting, necessary discipline, and yet, it is punishment, and disrespectful, and harmful.

 

Then we say, “well, I was spanked and I grew up just fine”, or “I deserved to be hit and it helped me to be a better person”, and other such justifications.  Are we really “just fine” if we too, decide it is okay to hurt a child?  That we can look this little person in the eye and say that a “swat”, a “whipping”, a “smack”, a “_____”, is deserved treatment.

 

If we, our adult self, would not allow someone to hit us, to swat us, to spank us, to whip us, to smack or slap or any other way to hit us, to shame us … then why is it okay to do so to our children?

AND THEN …

When they become young adults our youth become a target for being the “worst generation” of lazy, selfish, entitled, disrespectful beings to walk the face of the earth!

Kenneth John Freeman  1907
“The counts of the indictment are luxury, bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect to elders, and a love for chatter in place of exercise. …Children began to be the tyrants, not the slaves, of their households. They no longer rose from their seats when an elder entered the room; they contradicted their parents, chattered before company, gobbled up the dainties at table, and committed various offences against Hellenic tastes, such as crossing their legs. They tyrannised over the paidagogoi and schoolmasters.”

* Socrates has erroneously been given credit for this quote: “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”  As it is actually a nicely summarized version of the above, I wanted to add it, but give proper credit to the original author of it.

Seneca, 1st Century AD

“Our young men have grown slothful. There is not a single honorable occupation for which they will toil night and day. They sing and dance and grow effeminate and curl their hair and learn womanish tricks of speech; they are as languid as women and deck themselves out with unbecoming ornaments. Without strength, without energy, they add nothing during life to the gifts with which they were born — then they complain of their lot.”

Plato, 5th century BC

“Our youth have an insatiable desire for wealth; they have bad manners and atrocious customs regarding dressing and their hair and what garments or shoes they wear.”

Hesiod, 8th Century BC

“I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint.”

Peter the Hermit, 11th Century
“The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no respect for their parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they alone know everything and what passes for wisdom in us foolishness in them. As for the girls, they are foolish and immodest and unwomanly in speech, behavior, and dress.”

Assyrian Clay Tablet, 2800 BC
“Our Earth is degenerate in these later days; there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; every man wants to write a book and the end of the world is evidently approaching.”
Perhaps it really just boils down to our own arrogant perspective.   George Orwell summed it up well … “Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”

When we stop believing that somehow things were truly “better” and now it is truly “worse” and look at all circumstances and the history of human kind, maybe we can start looking at our children, of all ages, and all the generations of being worthy and having worth even when it looks differently that we have come to believe is the most appropriate and acceptable way of being.

Hopefully, one generation will grow up to recognize the value of the ones before them and the ones that come after.   To rejoice in all the amazing happenings and changes over the centuries, and positively anticipate those yet to come.   Recognizing that bad has happened all along the way and will continue to be so. That working together and embracing the good we all embody can overcome and overflow to create beauty in this moment in time, as it has in generations past, and will continue to do so for the generations to come.  If we let that be our point of reference rather than placing blame on the ones who are growing and maturing, who are blazing new trails and embracing change and bringing that amazing change to our world, we might just find that what we see in “the younger generation” is a glimpse at our own young selves and all the potential that swells within them, just as it did in us.

 

Accomplishing Hard Things

 

Life is full of hard things.

I made a statement elsewhere, and then someone shared their own story and I couldn’t even read through it all right then because it just made me cry even more that day.  A sadness for different reasons, or maybe some of the same.
 
If we feel “destroyed” I wonder if the destruction will bring about glorious things, or will help with some healing, or if it just hangs there. Does working through the messy and painful things bring about a Phoenix resurrection? Do we want that? Need that? Or can it just be getting to the other side is enough? See, my ponderings just drag me along and pick up more ponderings.
 
I wrote the following in a group I am in … ” I am so ready to stop living a life of “accomplishing hard things.”
 
Is that even possible.? To stop living a life of accomplishing hard things? If we have not chosen those very things to begin with? Whether they come from something not working right within us, or within someone whom we care about, are responsible for, brought into the world?
 
There are a few “hard thing” circumstances I can opt out of with little hardship to me, even though it would temporarily cause issues for others (and probable guilt for me), like the being part of an organization or a job. I can step out of a position and leave them to find someone else, to complete the things I have started/pushed for/encouraged consideration of … and it would create some areas of difficulty, but not life altering in reality.
 
BUT, what about the other things. I left a hard marriage for safety and a different set of “hard” that I had some control over, or at least options within that had more favorable potential for me and my kids.
 
I suppose we can opt out emotionally or mentally and sit out the hard things, instead of working through them. We can drink, drug, eat, … our way out of the reality of them by creating a false reality that ignores it all, or distracts from them.
 
What I really want to do, is sit and watch Netflix, read books, and not be bothered in my doing so. No housework until I come up for a break, no conversations unless I feel like talking, no problem solving, no playing mediator, no responsibility. Just waking up when I want and not because I have to go to the bathroom, or someone needs me, or an appointment beckons …
 
BUT, I am an adult. I am a spouse. I am a parent. I participate in different organizations, I am … I chose … I have responsibilities. Some of the hard things are part and parcel of that all. So, I guess my choice boils down to “accomplishing” or “neglecting”? It’s not even about success and failure, but so many intangible things, and important things, and necessary things, and even some desired things that get all tangled and twisted and make things hard.
 
I am still wishing I could have less hard things in my life, though. Few or none, because all that could be accomplished, should be accomplished, has to be accomplished are completed and only soft things were left.
 

Does that make sense?

I do wonder, though, if having a life of few or no hard things, would be a life fully lived, with a full appreciation for the easier days?

 

Do You Really Like Your Children?

John Holt once wrote, “First of all, [parents] have to like [their children], enjoy their company, their physical presence, their energy, foolishness, and passion. They have to enjoy all their talk and questions, and enjoy equally trying to answer those questions. They have to think of their children as friends, indeed very close friends, have to feel happier when they are near and miss them when they are away. They have to trust them as people, respect their fragile dignity, treat them with courtesy, take them seriously. They have to feel in their own hearts some of their children’s wonder, curiosity and excitement about the world. And they have to have enough confidence in themselves, skepticism about experts, and willingness to be different from most people, to take on themselves the responsibility for their children’s learning.”

This is in regard to homeschooling, hence the “… to take on themselves the responsibility for their children’s learning”, but I want to expand that to the consideration of the whole span of their childhood, before and beyond the years of compulsory education.

I think most parents do enjoy their children, and truly do love their children.  I dare to say, though, that many do not necessarily like their children.  Or at least not the amount of energy that children require in their most natural way of growth and development.  Children are inconvenient beings.  They are noisy, wiggly, have different sleep patterns, are very needy for many years, and are predictably unpredictable.  Some are actually very vocal about not wanting to be around their children for very long (can’t wait until summer vacation/winter break … is over), or the shaming they place on their kids when they “act up”, and in times of conflict.  This is not even going into neglect and abuse, but day to day struggles with accepting their children as they are, rather than what the parent wants them to be/to become.

All the things that make up the essence of a child, their curiosity, their wonder, their way of exploring the world around them are not easily contained, nor should it be.  But it so often is the expectation for them.  They are “needed” to sit still, to use quiet, “respectful” voices, they are to wait patiently, to stay in line, to be considerate of others, to share their toys, and so much more.

Don’t get me wrong, all of those things can be helpful, but few are truly necessary unless it is for the benefit of the adults around them.  We take them to places that are set up for the convenience and necessity of grownups.  Grocery stores, banks, malls, gas stations, churches, even schools.  Places with lots of activity happening, and the majority of it is not for their enjoyment and investigation.  For the sake of all the other people involved, the children have very limiting boundaries placed around them, and the stakes are high if they don’t comply.

What if a child was given the support to explore, to inquire as the ideas and questions occur?  What if sitting still was the exception rather than the norm within their daily adventuring?  What if an excited tone, even one that is exuberantly loud was smiled upon rather than frowned at?  What if waiting semi-patiently was sought because something truly held great interest?  What if learning could be done standing, walking around, hopping up and down, bouncing on an exercise ball, or hanging upside down with equal acceptance as sitting in a seat, facing forward, with wonderings held hostage until the appropriate Q & A time? Would a child’s world be that much grander, sparklier, engaging?  I have found it to be so!

Again, I understand that chaos is not productive, and rules have their place.  I’m just saying that  if we are to share our time and space with the little ones, the growing up ones, the expanding toward maturity ones, it is nicer to step into their space, their perspectives, and their incredible way of interacting, as someone who really wants to be part of their world, as their friend, and with an actual liking of who they are as unique individuals and not just tolerant of their childish ways.  Or, as is so often the case, as someone who believes that they are not equally worthy of the same level of respect and consideration because, they are, after all, only children.  Children who need to learn their place, to contain their emotions, show utmost respect to their elders, obey commands given without questioning authority, and remain composed even when the adults around them are not.

Do we like our children?  The children of others?  The silly, humorous, and sometimes annoying souls, who weave in and out of our lives, our homes, our communities and create havoc at one turn, and give out love and consideration in the next?  Do we truly like them?  Even when they are messy and disorderly and are in meltdown and causing upheaval?  Do we?  It is not always easy to do.  Just as it is not always easy for them to find likable things about us.  But I truly believe that if we expect that they will be likable, then we will find ourselves liking them despite ourselves.  That we will see the worth in liking to be around them and setting aside our adult affairs as often as humanly possible, and most of the time it is a matter of priority.  Let’s make them priority.  They are only young for a brief time.

Grieving Our Imagined Life

Although all my children, so far, have been able to move out on their own, some will always need additional supports. What they require may be for seasons, or forever. How and what best serves them will shift in small or large ways. Some assistance may be easy to provide while others may take dedicated effort. The “dreams” we hold for our futures, and for our children, may take twists and turns and end us all up in places different than we hoped for. When that happens we will be faced with choices.

When our life does not follow the one we had planned for, we may need to grieve that which will never come to fruition. If we do not grieve, or stay mired in mourning our loss, we may never experience the beauty and glory of what is our reality versus our imagined dreams. Those images in our heads may be about our futures as a single person, with another in a committed relationship, with no children, one child, or multiple children. We may have dreams about our careers, our being home with our children, working from home, and/or our retirement plans. These hopes and goals to achieve can be amazing in their minimalism or in their grandeur. The problem is not in the imagining and planning for them, but in anything that disrupts them becoming reality.

An illness may disrupt the flow we have worked hard to create, a career end can cause chaos, a relationship may not work out as desired, a pregnancy may not have the expected outcome that we believed would be, when any and all of these things occur, there is a mental and emotional adjustment that needs to take place. Our own personal makeup can create difficulty in doing so, or it can be a brief blip and we can carry on with little impact. Regardless of the situation, we do have choices before us, and if we are mindful of the choosing, we can reframe our thoughts and create an amazing new landscape for all involved. Our life may be forever altered, and we may continue our walk with scars of body and/or heart. How we carry on, within and without, can become a hindrance to or a re-inventing of a way of living that allows us to grow and expand and benefits the blooming or wilting of others.

In regards to children we bring into this world … if we hold onto the original visions of who our child will be/should be/needs to be, we may miss out on the very real children we have because we are wanting the imagined child we had dreamed about and prepared for. We may lose out on the relationship with this child that they would flourish in unconditional love and acceptance as they are. We may become angry, resentful, feel hopeless and hateful of the circumstances we find ourselves in. Those emotional responses are normal and understandable. Allowing ourselves to feel them can be the catalyst we need to then let them flow from us.

Sometimes all appears “perfect” in the beginning and we do not get a glimpse of the difference in our dreams until a few months in, and other times it may take years for things to be apparent. When this happens surface situations and behaviors may blind us to the human being that remains beneath, begging to be recognized and given respect and consideration. Our frustrations, our fears, our loss of control may become stumbling blocks to recognizing options. Often we may find ourselves seemingly unable to breathe and unable to calm our own overwhelm. If this is the case, as capable adults, how much more must be the inner and outer struggles of our child be for them? We must not lose sight of that, especially when the struggles are coming from choices being made and acted upon by the child. Rarely is there not an underlying issue that needs to be understood and addressed. Not in a punitive, controlling way but with a truly partnered, loving connection.

Life is not a guarantee of anything. Not of how we will be treated, nor whom we spend our childhood with. It does not promise us an easy transition into adulthood, nor a smooth path as we grow older. If we clutch at images that we have played over and over in our minds as we go through our days, and do not release that which does not match up, does not play out, or that we can not coerce into being, we will lose out on all that is right in front of us. If we are reactive, rather than mindfully responsive to the unexpected, the unexplainable, the uninvited … we can lose out on the beautiful variety garden our lives can be when we limit our dreams and we can impede the growth and bounty of the life of another. We can use the sweat and tears of our disappointments, our losses, and our unrealized desired outcomes to become a sustaining life force for that which is different, unimagined, and perhaps even better in its new form. Hopefully, we will become better, as well.

In the Company of Learning Partners

Learning
gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in (something) by study, experience, or being taught.
commit to memory.
become aware of (something) by information or from observation.

We are created to learn. We start before anyone can “teach” us. We become aware, we observe, we attempt, we fail, we add to our experience, we retain, we succeed.

At what age and in what sequence the differing experiences of failure and success occur really does not matter. That we learn, and we continue to do so, is exciting and amazing. We are wondrous beings.

Babies learn, and when given an environment that is loving, safe, and interesting they thrive. This does not change as we grow older, the human capacity is vast. We are capable of learning new things throughout the course of our lifetime. The possibilities are endless.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, we do have a time frame in our childhoods where compulsory school years are required by law. There are definite pros and cons of these years. It can be a time of mindful and interesting exposure to information that piques our curiosity and helps us expand our knowledge base. Unfortunately, it can be filled with arbitrary subjects deemed “necessary” to be learned in a certain sequence, at certain ages, and that can be very problematic as humans learn at different rates, in different styles, and for different purposes. If the flexibility is not there, the very children that are expected to acquire this information may suffer from unrealistic expectations to their unique timing and way of assimilating information.

Another problem is part and parcel within the very definition of the word “learning”. The idea of “being taught” should be seriously peeled apart to best serve the one who is learning. To be given information is not the same as receiving that information. To be taught assumes that what is presented is accepted and added to our knowledge base. On the surface, it can seem perfectly sensible and acquirable, but humans are not a “one size fits all” and what we think is being clearly given, may not be receivable by the other for so many reasons, or may come through muddled and confusing. Teaching assumes learning takes place. Ideally so, but not the reality too often.

I have had the benefit through my life experiences, and choices over the years to be very familiar with public school, some private school, alternative schools, schooling at home, homeschooling from different approaches leading up to unschooling and for years now, radical unschooling. All are legal options available to those within the United States. Some are legal options outside of the United States. Each has its place, but not all will be the best fit for all families, or even from child to child within a family. Some may be for a season, and not for another. Knowing what each means, what each takes to do well, what principles need to be understood in order to live them out optimally would be beneficial for those seeking options, or in better comprehending, parents, teachers, and children alike. There is power in choices and clarity. I want to be a bridge to knowing more and doing more. Knowing better and doing better. Our children need us to be their best, safest, and softest points of contact. During the compulsory school years, the relationships they have with their parents, with their teachers, with their communities will make a huge difference in how supported they can be so that they are able to learn to their unique abilities and timing. This will then continue on with them, for better or worse, into their adult lives.

I am here to offer a place to discover and expand. To recognize and reframe what interferes with living a life of respect and kindness within the family and those who have input and who impact the family members. This is most important where ever a child may find themselves, which for many years may be inside of a school setting as well. I’d love to hear what you all have to say, what you think, concerns you may have, questions that bounce around inside of you. I look forward to your company.

Life Is Short

 

 

Life is short. Live it fully. Love is tenuous. Love anyway. Kindness matters. Matter kindly.
Go out and meet people. People are worth the risk. Risks are worth taking. Take respectfully.
Respectfully give. Give of yourself. You are already complete. Completely.

Feel. Feelings are real. Reality is subjective. Subject yourself to change. Change is valuable.
Recognize value. Value others. Others count. Count your blessings. Bless you. You are ready. Be ready and willing. Be willing to pay. Pay it forward. Forward thinking. Think.

Seek and find. Find new ways. Ask questions. Question everything. Everything is possible. Possibly much differently than you imagine. Imagine and dream. Dream boldly. Boldly pursue. Pursue your passion. Passionately follow. Follow your interests. Be interesting.

Our world is full of goodness, see it. Seek and you will find. Find your way naturally. Nature is healing. Heal thyself. Selflessly offer. Offer assistance. Assist unconditionally. Condition yourself for compassionate responses. Let compassion be your compass.

Humans are messy. Messy has its place. Place yourself carefully. Carefully touch the lives of others. Others have knowledge. Come to know. Know more. Know better. Do more. Do better. Be better. Be.

Learn. Never stop learning. Never stop. Stop rationalizing. Be rational. Seek logic. Be of a logical mind. Mindfully choose. Choose wisely. Wisely seek options. There are always options available. Be available to assist others. Others need you. You matter in this life. Life is short.

And He Turns Five

Yesterday I had a fabulous day.  I spent it with my favorite boy child in the world.  He refers to himself as Christopher Jacob Super Boy Johnson.  He is my buddy, whom I usually refer to as The Babe.

It is hard to believe that this “babe” is no longer a baby as we think of little ones.  In the grand scope of life, he is a mere infant.  He is capable of so much, yet he has barely scratched the surface of all that he will one day be able to do, and be, and say.  I love that about children.  They are the greatest example of accomplishment, of failing and becoming victorious time after time.

He accused me of “talking obnoxious” two nights ago because he had desired to bake cupcakes after my return from a meeting, that his “body was telling him that we needed to bake tonight”.  I was on the phone with him going over last minute details at the grocery store, and he no longer wanted to wait until his birthday to bake his cake of celebration.  The wait, even though he had picked when he wanted to do the baking, was getting to be too much.  So much anticipation.  I explained that I was not trying to be obnoxious, but rather kind and helpful by picking up the ingredients and I was truly sorry he was upset.  I offered to bring  donuts, for a snack upon my arrival back home, and he decided that was a very acceptable alternative.

Life became sweet for him again.  He was not being disrespectful.  He was simply unable to express himself and his feelings in a way that sounded better than it did.  He was struggling, and I was able to hear his need.  I offered a different solution, and he was thankful, in word and with hugs when I came home.

Since he is the sixth child to be raised in our home, I am grateful that I have come to a place where I would rather partner with my child(ren) in hearing the root unmet need, rather than to react to a surface word or action.  It creates a much more respectful and connected relationship when time is taken to really “see” and “hear” and can be a solution offer-er, rather than a situation controller.  As much as I had wanted to be that kind of parent from the start, it was not always so.  In the first couple of years, it was easy to be the gentle and patient partner.  Then as they became more independent, I fell to conventional ways.  It took me too many years to know better and do better, to know more and do more.  I am thankful that I did pay attention to my oldest children, and changed my perspective and principles I parent and live by.  I am better for it, my kids have received better from me for it, this little boy lives better because of it.

Life is short, and these littles grow up so fast.  Adulthood goes on for such a long time if we are fortunate to live until an old age.  Children will model what they witness and find to be of worth in their lives.  Initially, they will mimic without the ability to understand nuances and context. With gentle guidance, as they mature more, they can be more mindful of what they say and how it will most likely be received.  When given grace, they will, in turn, give grace.  When trusted, and find those who are their caregivers as trustworthy, they will be trusting.

Those are the gifts I have come to give to my children.  We value our friendships with them from the start.  We are there with them, for them, and beside them throughout all their years.

I look forward to many more years watching, and learning from, this amazing child.  He and I have great adventures planned, many stories to create, and I will continue to purpose to enjoy him, as he is, for the decades ahead of us.  In the meantime, we are patiently waiting for the next 364 days to play out before he turns 6.  We look forward to it, but we don’t want to squander even one day of his 5th year!

Thanks for a fabulous day Super Boy!!

Love On You

Love
Love On
Love On You
On
On You
On You Love
You
You Love
You Love On
Love

To me, this is the story of love.  Of unconditional love.  Of loving oneself.  Of loving others.  Of being an agent of love giving, and love receiving.

Love.