Lisa Bierer hand-painted a Christmas card for me about a year after we met them. She painted a colorful tree with boxes below and each was labeled with one of the names of Dave and I and the kids. And she wrote a sentiment that said something like “You were the gifts under our tree this year.” I have never forgotten how truly appreciated and cherished I felt by that lovely visual and those kind words. And in life, I have found, that some people just appear from nowhere and you recognize that are divine gifts – you could never have chosen them if you’d had the choice, you could never have recognized them on the street.
First – the children God gave me. That He chose me to mother these people, well…speechless. They are admirable and gifted and beyond me in every possible way. I could not have comprehended how precious they were before they came and would have been paralyzed with fear if I had. The greatest gifts I ever got…
Then the grandchildren my children are having. Beyond words, delight to the moon and back! I love them a gazillion-million-trillion and have only barely tapped the resources of that love, it just keeps erupting.
And friends (including my best friend, Dave). I can count the forever friends on my fingers. And that is more than I deserve.
With the addition of the new-kid, Ryan (Tredessa’s husband!!), we are now 17. It is hard to tell, but Stephanie is holding my new grand-dog, a 7 week-old cute-as-a-button terrier mix.
The gifts:: It really is not about a new toaster or diamond earrings or even the highly-thoughtful hand-knitted scarf, but about the person who hands it to me, or when I get to wrap something up for some one I love with so much of my heart I have nearly none left (Shakespeare rip-off), but they get it. They see behind the meager attempt-in-a-box the love that placed it there, even though a “thing,” an inanimate object, is powerless to say what I really want to say.
The gifts are sweet. They are thoughtful. They are appreciated, and cherished. They are really the people who gave them. They are the people I love.
This pic by Dani Lay Photography (taken at The Heaven Fest Christmas Party)