Being called mom by 7 kids is definitely wild. Each day I look for the wonder in it all...and give thanks.
Partnering with my husband in life, parenting, work and serving is definitely wonderful. He is my favorite.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
I called a friend to ask for prayer and catch up. When I asked her "how are you?" Her answer came slowly and cautiously, "It's been rough the past few weeks."
I waited and then urged her to tell me more. Throughout the rest of our call and the rest of the day I realized...
I don’t know what it’s like to be black. I don’t know what it feels like for race, discrimination and biases to be a huge part of my life. I don’t know what it’s like to experience hurtful comments and emotional injuries to my personhood in every aspect of my life—my neighborhood, my church, my job, my school, my ministry, my travel--because of the color of my skin. I don’t know what it is like to navigate this with my black children.
I know there are many injustices, but I don’t know what it feels like, as a black woman, when racial injustice gets lumped together with all the other sins and nothing changes, nothing is dealt with, and it is dismissed.
I don’t know what it feels like to live uncomfortable. To be on edge and afraid to travel--especially at night. I don’t know what it is like to ignore, to look past it, and fix my face when comments are made and looks are given because I am black. I don't know what it's like to tell one of my kids to "fix your face" when someone has just hurt them.
I don’t know what it’s like to be black.
My friend does. She shared these things. This is just one small glimpse into her world. This may not be every black person's story, but it is hers. And I am undone. She is my friend and I had no idea. I'm so sorry for that.
I look at the news and I know I cannot change the world and make all of these painful things go away. So I turn to my friend and ask her, how can I love you?
Be willing to be uncomfortable.
That’s a start.
Friday, April 17, 2020
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
You have become a person I really like. You know I have always loved you with my whole heart, but now you are a person that I like...a whole lot. You are a person I really enjoy being with. I love how you make people laugh. I love how you can dance with friends, old ladies, pre-schoolers, or just by yourself and you have fun with it no matter who is around.
As you leave, things change. You will hardly be home in 2020 and you will be missed by all of us here. But I am so excited for you. I am so looking forward to the new adventure, new friends, new lessons you will learn.
You will learn things that you could not have learned under our roof. And I am confident you will continue to be a person I like. A truly delightful person. A person who cares about others and who is cared about. And no matter what, I will love you with my whole heart.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
|Jeanene with Children's Vision International|
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
|Thanksgiving Day 2019|
|Our last night with you|