Monday morning gave me another chance to keep plodding along the path laid out for me. I started the day tired, behind, worried about my Mom, and weighed down with some bad news I had received. (That is why I was so blessed by the devotional I posted this week from Jesus Calling!)
But, I couldn't spend the day crying and moping about. It was a special day! It was the 17th birthday of my amazing son, Chris! As mothers, we have to navigate many trials and sorrows, but we don't have the freedom to spend our days "wallowing in the pit." For the sake of our families, we have to rise above the sorrows and burdens of our heart, and make our homes a place of joy and a refuge from the world.
Josh and Kristi came over at 5:00 to join in the celebration, and Josh amazingly helped Joe take out his alternator, buy a new one at Advanced Auto, and install it! Just like that! (What a blessing to see my sons working together, helping each other out, living out the brotherly love that I worked desperately to instill in them all those years! Can you imagine the JOY that brought to my heart??)
So, we added another birthday to our family's collection of birthday celebrations. We observed our favorite traditions - like giving Chris the red You are Special plate for his meal, and singing "Happy Birthday" in both English and Chinese and following it with an ear-piercing rendition of "George Washington's Bridge!" Chris opened his presents and we all laughed a lot and ate too much birthday cake and celebrated the fact that Chris is a cherished member of our family!