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: 
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-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
-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. 

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  1. Becky on May 22, 2012 at 2:12 am

    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!

  2. Jennifer Dougan on May 22, 2012 at 2:23 am


    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

  3. LOLITA on May 22, 2012 at 4:02 am

    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.


  4. Michelle @ Changed By The Maker on May 22, 2012 at 4:17 am

    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!

  5. Unknown on May 22, 2012 at 4:21 am

    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.

  6. tandemingtroll on May 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    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.

  7. Lisa Boyle on May 23, 2012 at 3:48 am

    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! 🙂

  8. LOLITA on May 23, 2012 at 3:48 am

    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.

  9. Jennifer Dougan on May 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm


    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.


  10. Jennifer Dougan on May 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Michelle and Ostriches Look Funny/Joanne,

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


  11. Jennifer Dougan on May 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    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.


  12. LOLITA on May 24, 2012 at 12:45 am

    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 map.com.

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

    Thank you, Jen

  13. Cheryl Barker on May 24, 2012 at 5:37 am

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

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