What is loveliness? To have the perfect Facebook profile pic or millions of Instagram followers? Maybe it’s capturing that elusive family picture. You know, the Christmas card money shot where all hairs are in place and all eyes are focused on the camera. But these pictures from Jill speak a different story to my heart. That true loveliness lies in all the little moments between the fixed smiles. That there is loveliness in our ordinariness.
There is loveliness in their giggles. Every day for weeks, they get home from school, toss their backpacks in the driveway and shimmy up the tree in our front yard. The poor scrawny tree has finally grown enough to be good for climbing. Perfect for best friends who don’t even need to whisper to tell a secret. Like a pitcher communicating with his catcher, these two often use their own secret codes and hand gestures to communicate their next wild adventure.
There is loveliness in their quirky personalities and sense of humor. The picture below was taken a few weeks before MY BABY lost his first tooth. Sitting in the car on the way home from church one night, I told him that he wasn’t allowed to lose any teeth. To which he responded ‘It’s okay, Mom, I’ll still have my horrible laugh. Muahahaha.’ I don’t even know where he comes up with these things. No words.
There is loveliness in being their mama. And in knowing that my worth isn’t rooted in a dazzling writing career (thank goodness) or number of online ‘likes,’ but that my life is secure in my Father’s love and redemption. In embracing all the simple everyday ways He calls me to serve and to do these things well and with a joyful heart. (Most of the time. Hopefully. My apologies if you catch me on a bad day. I’m far from perfect.)
There is loveliness in a legacy of deep, authentic faith and integrity that’s being passed down from generation to generation. I could not love this man more or be any more proud to be his wife of 13 years.
And yes, there is most certainly loveliness in whatever adventure God has in store for our family, even if it involves climbing through some ruins and tangled vines.