Monday, May 21, 2012

Buckling Into, Not Buckling Under

He sits belted in familiar confinement. 

Spying his worn blue car-seat downstairs earlier, he had heaved and tugged it partway up the stairs, clunking, crashing, and grunting until I helped him. 

“You want your car-seat upstairs?” I asked, surprised. The child seat had been left in the entryway temporarily, in between car shifts. 

“Yes! Tant you, Mom,” he squealed. 

Now, he munches a buttery bagel from deep within his belted blue car-seat, while cartoon ponies sing onscreen.  The buckles and clasps have been shut by him.

A doctor visit, long fever, and two naps later, we have learned that he has mono. I didn’t know that three year olds got mono! Fruit juice popsicles, couch cuddling, and Lego men dances and battles made the afternoon race by. 

A cuckoo clock jumps out the hour, and a blue sippy cup drains out last milk dredges. Robins outside warble continuously and sunshine lies long on the neighbor’s lawn. Summer twilights are leisurely and warm. 

Joining Ann and Michelle, I thank God for: 

Photo Credit
-a sick boy finding comfort in his mama’s arms, and in a blue car-seat that he buckles himself into
-an Abba Lord that I can clamber up on and buckle myself into too
-geese clamoring as they swoop overhead
-dandelion oceans bobbing fuzzy heads
-fresh-brewed coffee in my favorite cup
-God’s word laying open to Daniel
-hopeful news on houses and a chance to wait and trust again
-non-stop bird songs outside

Join me in counting gifts today, friend. Buckle into him and avoid buckling under. 


Becky said...

I came over from Anne's after linking up after you...Love the idea and truth that we can buckle into so that we don't buckle under...thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Dougan said...


Hello, nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my site too. What fun to read over your "In Ten years" review. My parents are church-planters and my husband is a youth pastor. Ministry is a great place to be, isn't it?

So many things to celebrate in your list, even counting the hard gifts too...

Nice to meet you,
Jennifer Dougan

LOLITA said...

That is my number four thanksgiving for today, Jen.

When I awake, I thanked Him for the new day He has made for me, the faithfulness of the sunshine, the breeze for my breath.

Thirdly, for the strength and being able to face the new day armed with His Wisdom.

Then comes the encourager's blogs.

I thank God for the new wisdom He has led you to pen... "

I love to "buckle into" God's truth and promises, so that I won't "buckle under" any circumstance today.


Michelle @ Changed By The Maker said...

Thank you, Jen. I always appreciate your insight about spiritual truths gleaned from everyday activities. It is a gift! Hope your little guy is feeling better, and I know you'll find the perfect home -- in His time.

Thank you for linking up with me!

Unknown said...

Oh my gracious poor little guy!
I hope he feels better sooooooon. I have a cuckoo clock as well, they're so much fun.

You find Him in your everyday and it's delightful. Thank you.

tandemingtroll said...

Thank you! I am so sorry that your little one has mono. How long will it take him to recover?

I am thankful that God gives us time to rest, that He provides for all our needs, that He makes miracles happen, for my husband and kids, who have been putting up with a grouchy momma for a while.

Lisa Boyle said...

Jennifer, I will keep your precious angel in my prayers! I am so sorry that he is sick. You are indeed an inspiration in how grateful you are in all things-- even illness! Many blessings, Lisa P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments! :-)

LOLITA said...

Yes, Jen.

I pray that your little tyke would heal so fast and be back to his normal self soonest.

I was wondering what was a mono, so I searched. Is is the same thing as tonsilitis?

By the way, Jen.... I am a Filipino from the orient seas of the Philippines.

Jennifer Dougan said...


Thank you for counting God's gifts with me this week. Yes, the "faithfulness of the sunshine, and our breath, and armed with his wisdom." Amen :)

How wonderful that you are Filipino from the Philippines! I love getting to know people from around the world. I used to live in Africa and France. Are you still living in the Philippines? I have some friends who used to live there.


Jennifer Dougan said...

Michelle and Ostriches Look Funny/Joanne,

Thank you for the well wishes for Daniel and for the encouragement about my site. I appreciate that.


Jennifer Dougan said...

Tandeming troll,

Thanks for stopping by to count God's gifts with me. Yes, God's rest, provision, our families, and for forgiveness and grace for our grouchy moments too. Oh how I relate.

Have a great week.


LOLITA said...

Jen, it is Labangon Elementary School, located in Cebu City, Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines.

If you are interested you may look it up at google

I thank and Praise God for knowing you and your gift of writing encourages me so much.

Thank you, Jen

Cheryl Barker said...

I've never heard of a 3-yr. old getting mono, either. Hope he's feeling better soon. You all take care!!