There is new life all around us. Nature bursting at the seams with birdsong and lilacs and green grass and fruit blossoms. Shy buds opening slowly, unfurling tender blooms.
Tiny herbs lifting fragrant savory green heads toward the sunshine.
And a table for two that My Love surprised me with for Mother’s Day.
True beauty is not having everything perfect but seeing past the imperfections to the blessings tucked into the bursting life that transforms the brown. It’s in loving the joy tucked into corners of life. Welcoming happiness into your front door.
Painting by the River with your paint loving son.
And although you have no idea what you are doing with the water colors, the beautiful mess they make is joy in itself. And you feel like an artist.
Real joy is sitting quietly watching these two together.
And somehow, I eke up joy in thinking of Kierra’s joy in Heaven. Not the giddy funny type of joy. Not a joy most people recognize as joy. Just a deep deep feeling that mingles with saddens and loneliness and comes out in pure white peace.
I wish you a blessed Spring!
Published by Anita Hochstetler
I'm a country girl at heart who loves coffee shops and bookstores, simplicity and the great Big Wonderful World...particularly Northwestern Montana and it's familiar spots and untamed beauty. It is where I fell in love with my husband Stephen. We brought three children into this world in the following years.
Stephen is quiet and steady and crazy all in one handsome combo. He’s got an amazing brain and keeps my flights of fancy from blowing us away.
Kierra , our Wildflower child, was diagnosed with NCS before she was a year old. It is an extremely rare genetic disorder with no cure. She passed away in January of 2014 at 3 1/2 years old.
Kobe joined us 15 months after his sister and is our sensitive, math whiz child. He is kindhearted and loves the finer things of life. He talks about Kierra often and longs to play with her again.
Kyrell is our youngest. Our Hope child. He charges through life with a dynamic spirit and lots of smiles.
I share my heart here on these pages and pray they will bless souls far and near.
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