There we were…dressed in our Sunday best (or at least the nicest clothes I could find in a hurry this morning) standing up on the stage ready for our children to be dedicated at church today. It was a little hard to hear with the commotion that was to my left…the squirming to get down, the whining to be let go of to run around. And who was that rambunctious little one?…yes, you guessed it. There he was, my little squirmer, Gabriel, trying to get out of Jared’s arms. It obviously was the worst moment to want to go play. I mean how does a 21 month old not understand that this was an important and “quiet” moment?
I’ll be honest, I was sweating and wondering if we were going to make it through, but I couldn’t help but laugh at the situation. For one, I had calm little Lucia in my arms, and it was Jared who was trying to contain our lil’ man. But honestly, it’s life. I would have loved for Gabriel to stand their calmly and quietly, but the truth is It just wasn’t going to happen today. So I laughed.
You see, Gabriel is THAT child. His energy and voice IS going to radiate through this world. His adventurous and energetic personality IS going to change this world. He’s going to GO when God says Go. He’s going to SPEAK, probably loudly, what God has given Him to say. His life IS going to be filled by the Spirit that nothing is going to contain it. I love my rambunctious little boy. And as a mother, I will guide him and help him make good decisions. He is learning to behave and to listen, but I don’t ever want to break his adventurous Spirit. It’s challenging at times, but God has great plans for him the the beautiful way He was created!
Lucia too is our precious daughter. She is developing her own voice, and her sensitivity will help to see the hearts of others, to have compassion for the hurting, and a passion of Love to serve. I love watching her grow and together discovering the beautiful way God will use her to be His hands and feet!
I’m so thankful for a community that surrounds us in support and understanding as they join with us to care for and help raise our children!