Before I get started…read yesterday’s post and if you are in the Jax area…
I have learned things from our Adam that will surely echo in my heart and mind forevermore.
His life in itself is a miracle and a gift.
His laughter, I am sure, makes “the trees of the field clap their hands”, as Isaiah wrote.
He has overcome some major battles and yet still he laughs.
It takes time to learn how to interact with Adam, of that I am becoming more aware.
Often times, I think people feel intimidated or hesitant on how to interact with him.
I think it comes down to being calm, gentle, and funny with him.
He loves funny voices and being tickled.
And he knows when he is safe in arms that are confident to hold him.
He is certainly a bit picky in who he goes to, which may be his age or it may be him.
Only time will tell;)
But I do hope that you get the chance to hold and cuddle him at one point.
Because BOY is it grand.
Because BOY is it grand.
Until then, I thought I’d share a few lessons from life with Adam thus far;)
1. Laugh whenever laughter comes. Don’t feel restrained, nor compelled, by the environment. Don’t laugh only when it is expected of you or asked of you by voices around. Just laugh when you feel tickled about something that merits laughter;) Especially at night, when you find that sleep is not coming…just throw your hands up in the air and laugh…for you have shown me that is the language of heaven;)
|CHECK OUT those dimples!|
2. When life is tough and you are tired, find a soft pillow near by and collapse on it;) Everyone needs a soft pillow decorated in extravagant designs of splendor to be studied in detail and appreciated again and again. No shame and no need to call it “extravagance”;) And if possible, your pillow should be life size to you…so can lay across it and feel as if you are on the clouds. That is how Adam rests and calms himself. And I think that would be quite therapeutic for us too;)
3. Swing all day, every day. Whether it is a tire swing or a hammock swing or whatever it may be…swing and swing high and swing all the day long. It is good for the soul.
4. You can never be on a bicycle for too long. It is good for the mind, body, and soul;)
5. Study color and detail intricately in all things.
6. Give high fives often and generously. Don’t hold back.
7. “Do what you mean and mean what you do”;) (My mom, Adam’s “mimi” always says “say what you mean. mean what you say”). Adam does not say anything much yet, but you KNOW what he means by what he does. And what he means he really means. He does not care what response is wanted of him. He may not be speaking his mind yet, but he is “doing his mind”. And from a woman who has struggled with people pleasing much of her life, I like seeing that in my son;) Though it can be called stubbornness and I pray grace softens its rough edges over the years…I think it can be a very strong trait to have as well;)
8. Music heals the soul and can never be listened to long enough or loud enough;)
9. Surround yourself with lights of all kinds (especially twinkle lights) all day every day. Seasons of decoration come and go, but you should never limit the amount of twinkle lights in your life;)
10. Live in the moment of NOW. Do not worry about tomorrow.