It seems that every time I get down, something happens to bring me right back up. Either my kids will do or say something that just cracks me up, or I'll get a supportive email, or a card filled with encouraging words. Over the next few weeks, I'd really like to highlight some of the people who have gone out of their way to encourage me. There are several hundreds of you out there and I appreciate every single gesture of support from every single one of you!
Here are just a couple highlights from the past few days.
My kids just started the second semester in high school. Their schedules were completely changed around and they have several new teachers now. Austin's art teacher asked the kids, "Let me know if you have any nicknames you'd like to be called."
Austin, completely straight-faced and serious, said, "My name is Paco, P - A - C - O," he spelled it out.
His friends, of course, all cracked up. The teacher looked up from where she was writing Austin's nickname and said, "Obviously, that isn't your name or your friends wouldn't be laughing."
Austin insisted that Paco was his middle name and his friends were laughing just because they'd never asked and didn't know his middle name.
So, my son, Paco, is taking art this semester. I can't wait to see the projects he comes home with. I hope his teacher never has to call me about Paco because I don't think I could keep a straight face while discussing Paco's performance.
And, the other day, I got this absolutely beautiful piece of jewelry in the mail.
It says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." I LOVE that verse and have been repeating it to myself often lately. This absolutely gorgeous necklace was made by Patricia Kimle. She has a site, Precious Text, where she makes the most awesome, unique, hand-crafted jewelry with meaning. In fact, I reviewed her jewelry HERE a couple years ago. I can't even count how many compliments I've gotten on this fine art/necklace the last few days.
Please take a look at her site. She's so artistically talented. I know you'll be as impressed with her work as I am! Thank you, Patricia, for thinking of me and for sending me this most beautiful reminder of God's love! And thank you for making such awesome jewelry!