Friday, September 19, 2008

Table Talk

Tonight we had a lovely dinner and the whole family could be here around the table. The funny things Colin and Paul Burton would say meant more to them than the rest of us because they shared a room and an apartment until Colin got married. They were reliving some silliness from their childhood. They would say something in a funny voice and crack themselves up with laughter. Qavah giggled whenever they giggled. Annelise sat across the table from Qavah and they began to giggle together. Around the table there was freedom from our daily cares and times of good laughter. This doesn't happen very often due to our busy schedules, so it was a lot of fun to watch tonight. Kathryn ate a regular dinner with us, and appreciated everything.

After dinner, Annelise and Qavah took the toy grocery cart into the kitchen and filled it with canned goods from the pantry. Annelise is talking now and was quite clear about her desire to "go shopping." Qavah and Annelise have a great relationship and are always excited to see one another. When Jenn drove up and the van door opened, I was in the kitchen but could hear Qavah and Annelise shriek and squeal when they saw each other. I loved it.

I don't know how many ways there are to say how grateful we are for these days. To watch Kathryn working around the house for herself is a daily reminder that God is the giver and sustainer of life. One of our discussions tonight centered around the subject of grace. It touched my heart that, as Colin was sharing some thoughts with us about God's grace, seated around the table was tangible proof that God has poured out His grace on this family. I'm counting my blessings.

Father, let me take these treasured times and hold them close. They are a gift from You. Let them be to me a loving reminder of Your grace when the days grow dark and stormy. Amen.

Jenn's Birthday is September twenty-second, so tonight we had a family celebration:

Colin carved out the center of the apple, so we could place a votive candle inside of it:

Annelise and Qavah are best friends: