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New Year’s “Revolutions”

New Year’s “Revolutions”


This ambitious one came downstairs on the first day of the new year having written half of a book.
(It, of course, involves Star Wars and begins: “Once there was the Hoth Base peacefully doing their stuff. . . .”
I am now consulting Middles for some editing work because darn if that’s not a good beginning.)
This one is a fighter.
He’s dealt with medical issues his whole life
and while I wouldn’t wish his journey on anyone,
this child feels for those who are in physical pain.
His empathy is continuously birthed through experience.
My prayer for him this year is to continue to nurture his servant heart.
And to stop placing fake dog poop
in inconspicuous places throughout the house.
This one wanted time to think up some goals for the new year.
That is totally his style–quiet, thoughtful.
Not a leaper but a thinker, planner.
(I’m still waiting to see what he comes up with.
I should hear something come July.)
His strength is his focus. My dad calls him “Sully”
because if I needed anyone to land a plane
in the midst of colossal panic today,
this child would be the one I’d pick.
But there’s a sensitive, delicate heart in that growing boy
and it’s often times fearful of making an appearance.
My prayer for him is to continue to land his planes
while exposing his heart, little by little to the passengers around him.
And to remember to close the door behind him
once in awhile when he leaves the house.
This one.  Oh, this one.
His new year’s “revolution” is to drink more orange soda.
And wear superhero capes.
And pirate eye patches.
All at the same time.
And to never, ever take off his puppy dog slippers unless it’s to bathe
and really, he’d prefer to skip that part anyway.
This one’s job in life is to add a little ray of sunshine to anyone he meets.
We call him “The Mayor”
because he misses no opportunity to invest in the people of his world.
My prayer for him is to keep shining, brighter and brighter.
And go to bed before 10:45 pm.
My goals for the new year?
Maybe I’ll be focused less on a resolution and more on a revolution.
This year will be spent revolving around the Son.
And doing more of this
(and by “this”, I mean laughing and eating birthday cake.
And apparently trying to keep my hair from catching on fire.)


  1. Margaret Phillips says:

    Mmm..I like a lot about this entry but will pick your phrase “revolving around the Son” and the “sensitive delicate heart afraid of making an appearance” because it is so true….and I am wondering where Jeff’s goals are unless he got the trampoline set up and his goals for the year are met!


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