Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wonder - week 6 - Adult and Child entry

My niece, Linnea, is a curious child. She explores EVERYthing to the delight of some and the consternation of others!! God's world is a constant source of wonder to her. Here's to you, little Linnea.

These two pictures are poignant as they sit next to each other. 82 years separate them. Love binds them. And both of them wonder about life.

My mother. Corinne. She has been dealing with cancer with grace and dignity for four years. This picture was taken not long after learning that the cancer had returned. The Dr. had told us that time was limited. She is on her patio with my dad, two of her four children, a son-in-law, two of her 11 grandchildren and one of her seven great-grandchildren. All but little Linnea are holding a cup like the one she has. It was a "cup of suffering" all were sharing with her. Each pledged to pray for her, to talk with her, to listen to her, to help, to be present, to love. All pledged to share in her suffering to the extent that they could. They would drink the cup she was being asked to drink, in as much as was possible. I called later and drank with her. Here, I see her wondering what the future holds as she holds her "cup of suffering". By God's grace, she is still with us, though slowly and gracefully fading. We all wonder.
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  1. Oh I love them both! Wonderful expressions :)

  2. What a beautiful little girl! An I love the story in the 2nd photo.

  3. That's a cute little peek-a-boo shot. She reminds me of Pebbles.

  4. I'm so sorry to here of your mother's illness. I understand the sadness you're going through. My mother-in-law passed away less than a year after discovering she had brain cancer. She was the MIL every girl dreams of having. I think of her everyday. You and your family are in my prayers.

  5. Such wonderful expressions. I was deeply touched by the story of the shared cup along with the adult photo of your mom, my heart goes out to you & your family.

    Hugs & Blessings!

  6. Great post today Marci and beautiful pictures! I think the cup of grief is always easier when it is a shared cup-- your family is very fortunate to realize that.

    We'll keep praying for your mom... and you!

  7. thank you so much for visiting my blog... I am so thankful so that I could come and see your pictures and see the one of your mom. What a beautiful woman and what a blessing it is that she has you all during this time. Thanks for sharing and I will pray for her!!! God bless you all.

  8. Beautiful photos... and thank you sharing the story of your mother's courage and faith, and the precious support your family gives to one another.