Today you are 35 years old! It seems like yesterday (and it seems like a lifetime) that we saw you for the first time and and fell in love.
How long Dad and I had prayed for a child, and you were the answer to all of our prayers! From the first day until now you have never failed to make us proud of you. What a wonderful man you have become. We are so thankful to be your parents!
Our lives were not always easy. We worked so hard - you most of all - to help you grow into the best person you could be. Like all parents, Dad and I had dreams for you. We thought you'd be great at plumbing; you loved to look at pipes and enjoyed turning water on and off. Maybe you would do something with maps; tracing routes in the atlas seemed to give you such joy and satisfaction. Like all parents, Dad and I had to realize that our dreams for you were not your dreams. We had to let you become your best self.
Our ever-curious boy! What you know about highways and coins and clou…
A new year is nearly here, and I realize I have not written in six months. This is what I can tell you about why.
When I started this blog, I was writing about our family, and our journey together. We are a family created by design, not by chance. For one thing, both Kenny and I believe that we were meant to be together. For another, we both believe we were created, in part, to be Lacy's parents.
No, Lacy was not our child biologically, but he was ours in every sense of the word. I don't think we could have loved him any more fiercely. And I think, without the knowledge that he was both our blessing and our mission, we would not have been able to continue to love fiercely and also prepare to let go.
We guided him into adulthood, and he gave us insight into what was really important. We learned to be in the moment. Every day is the best it's going to be. God is good. His amazing love has given us the promise of life beyond death, and the joy of knowing that He wil…
This last weekend, Kenny and I went to a performance of Les Miserables at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. This is the third, maybe fourth, time we have seen this production live. As usual, the play did not disappoint, but I came away with a totally new view of Inspector Javert.
If you have not seen the play, Javert is a pious police officer who sees the world in black and white. People are good, or they are bad; they follow the law, or they break the law. In Act I, Javert pursues Jean Valjean over the span of decades, intending to put him back in prison after Valjean breaks parole. Valjean's sentence: 19 years for stealing bread. Never mind that Valjean's nephew was starving, and it was an act of desperation, or that in the intervening years, Valjean has become a kind and benevolent mayor. Javert believes "once a thief, always a thief" and he has no mercy.
It seemed the actor who portrayed Javert made him a much more sympathetic character than in previous …