But, tonight I am sitting in a place of immense gratitude. Not just a casual "Thank you, Jesus." It's an overwhelming sense of contentment and utter THANKSGIVING. I have sat and contemplated years past... years when Brycen was a baby. I JUST REGISTERED HIM FOR HIGH SCHOOL
God was calling us to walk a road that proved to be far harder than I ever imagined. It also proved to be far more rewarding. When I think about this particular Mother's Day, my mind drifts to the other side of the globe where a young woman is waking up to start her day. It will, most assuredly, be a day full of hard work from early morning until late at night. I think about the features of her face... ones I memorized as I sat beside her in November. I'm thinking about how she works full-time and still chooses to go to school (
On this Mother's Day, I am also celebrating Brycen Woods McKeehan. He made me a mom and he continues to teach me so much. He is self-disciplined like few people I know. He is a hard-worker and passionate about basketball, food, and all things Florida Gators
I am also celebrating Regan Claire McKeehan. I am not sure I have ever known (literally) anyone so sensitive to the needs of others. The only thing bigger than her joy is her heart. Just this week she said, "I try to be her friend, even though she is kind of annoying, because no one else is her friend..." She is a creative mind with a passion for theater, music, film editing, and photography. She often mentions what God is teaching her from her quiet times and then I see her noticeably change as a result of those times with Him. She loves a coffee date with her Momma and there is no other girl on planet earth I would rather have coffee with than her.
Next, I celebrate Corbin Vaughn McKeehan. I love how he keeps us all on our toes with his "Corbinese." He tends to have his own language, often combining words and saying words in unique ways, which I LOVE. He, too, is creative, and so gentle. He is compassionate toward others and thrives on words of affirmation. Corbin loves to collect things and keeps everything. He loves to curl up beside me every night and fall asleep on the couch holding my hand. There is no other 8 year old on planet earth I would rather have than him.
Next, I celebrate Hudson Daniel McKeehan. No one can flip his hair and bat his blue eyes like Hudson Dan. He has charisma and a sense of humor that few have. He loves things neat and organized
Lastly, I celebrate Tyson Asnake McKeehan. Just typing McKeehan by his name is surreal. Tyson is kind and gentle. He is very smart and VERY witty. He thoroughly enjoys a good nap, long hugs, and anything sweet to eat. He gives hundreds of spontaneous hugs a day and loves to help me cook dinner, clean the bathrooms, vacuum the rugs, bag the groceries... you name it, he is helping with it
This Mother's Day is special at our house. The Lord continues to grow our hearts, our love, and our home with more than we could've ever thought, imagined, or dreamed. I am undone with gratitude that He lets us live this life. It's all Jesus and only Jesus will do.
Wherever you are celebrating or however you might be grieving, I am mindful of you as this day begins. For some of you, you might wish the day wouldn't come, as it brings so much pain. You aren't alone. Whatever your circumstances, I simply want you to know that you are loved. You are appreciated. You are enough. And there is no one else like you on earth. Today, I celebrate you.
And Maso. I honor and celebrate and pray for Maso.
Happy Mother's Day.