I had a wonderful evening with Janneke Ruth. She is my oldest niece and is counting the days (and soon the hours)until she leaves for YWAM (Youth With A Mission)for six months. Three months in London and three months in either The Middle East or Thailand. We spent a lot of money tonight on the little extra’s she needs for travel and somehow the time with her was priceless….it was nothing special and yet it was very special….I will update from time to time as to how she is doing….I welcome your prayers for her as she explores the world in a big way and learns about her heart, her gifts and her passions in an even bigger way! I am so proud of you Janneke Ruth…..
And then I received an email with a picture from my Tapestry Party of my youngest niece. The picture is stunning and so fun. Johanna is full of life at age two and reminds me of Janneke in many ways. I wonder what her life will hold when she is 18? I wonder where she will venture and how I will participate in her big adventures. I love how I can love these two amazing girls with everything in me….
And yet fresh in my memory is the days and evenings of the last week on the Oncology floor with Aunt Anita (I also love her with everything in me). I am reminded of the vulnerability of life and all the unknowns it holds. I am struck by the deep ache and reality of emotional and physical pain. I am keenly aware that what we have is today…each of us, Cancer or not…and I want to live it fully, in this moment.
And so, in this moment, I am thankful. Thankful for Janneke, Johanna, and Aunt Anita. Thankful for how each of them lives life fully, with adventure and boldness. Thankful that at age 2, 18 and 76, God knows the path for each of them and has prepared the way. Thankful that I can be a part of each of their lives….from oldest to youngest….life is a wild adventure!