On that note, I would be lying if I didn't share with you some thoughts on how my boy has TWO mamas. I think about his "Mama Alemetu" every day, especially days like this. We pray for her every night. We pray that God sends her comfort and peace that her little boy is loved beyond measure. These feelings especially arise as J cuddles in my arms each night before he goes to bed. We have a pretty solid bedtime routine, and he often takes his TWO sweet hands and pulls my head down, so we are touching forehead to forehead as we sit in a big, comfy chair in his room. There, I remind him each night of all the people who love him so very much; the last TWO things I say are, "and Mama Alemetu loves you" (he usually gives me a "aah") "and Jesus loves you" (with a final "aah"). It is my dream that I can meet this special woman who gave everything up. TWO years ago, this young woman lost her husband to malaria and was forced to give up her son, so he wouldn't die from starvation. She means so much to me. If you think of it, please pray for her by name. She is a special part of our family.
Speaking of dreams, I have one that I'm working on, hence the journal picture at the top of this post. I'm kind of technological ding dong, so I apologize about it being sideways; I couldn't find the option to turn it around on this blog :( My dream is to create a new blog; something that will invite more people to celebrate the journey they're on with God. I will be giving you more details in the future, but my hopeful launch date will be the infamous January 1! I'm working on designing a logo, button, etc. to share with others. My dream is that it will be interactive, something that people can feel that they converse with me about and find meaningful and relevant to their lives. I hope that it will inspire dialogue with me, God, their friends, and family. I'm really really TOO excited about this.
So, I thought TOday was a symbolic day to share some of these things: it's TUESday, I'm TOO excited, and Jesse turns TWO TOday.
The final cathartic moment came when I started teaching during period number TWO in class TOday. This is a small class of kids who find reading a challenge. My job is TO inspire them to read and fill in the gaps of their reading journey, so they can springboard into grade level curriculum. We always start the period with a short time TO journal; these are kiddos who often have TOO much on their minds and need some space to vent about stuff. I journal along side of them and noticed that TOday was the last page in my journal; it seemed TO mark the end of a chapter. I loved it. So, I wrote about that.
I'm thrilled TO share chapter TWO with you in my new blog that you'll hopefully see on January 1. There will be more information TO come.
Happy TUEsday. I'm so thankful for you and You :)