Found rollerblades generate big smiles.
A little brother is excited to find them.
Hidden under piles of a big brother’s hockey gear.
Memories of an older brother playing hard. Vivid pictures fill my mind…
Nick’s happy heart makes me smile.
It feels good to smile.
A little brother pulls out protective hockey gear. Armor…
“Put on the whole armor of God…”
Each item is touched with excitement and enthusiasm as he rushes to try it on.
To protect a brother from hurt. To keep him safe from falling.
Can we ever be safe from hurting when we fall?
A Daddy encourages. “Lean forward so when you fall you will fall forward!”
A Mommy worries. About falling.
Falling in a driveway where an older brother fell and ruptured a cancerous tumor.
A driveway where our lives fell apart…
A driveway where life bound us tightly together…
A driveway where we discovered tenderness, beauty and grace.
Sometimes he lets him fall…He says “you need to learn how to fall so you can learn how to get back up.”
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~ Nelson Mandela
A little boy feels safe. In his armor. In his Daddy’s arms.
A Daddy cheers for a little boy determined.
A Mommy watches and learns from her little boy.
A little boy who motivates a Mommy to do the things she thinks she cannot do.
A little boy who misses his brother.
A little boy who asks lots of questions.
A little boy who trusts when there are no answers.
A little boy who prays daily for his older brother…prays that Zack is having a good time in heaven playing with his friend Wright.
A little boy who puts on his armor fearlessly.
A little boy who trusts that his Daddy will be there when he falls.
A little boy who gets back up when he falls….no matter how many times.
A little boy who enjoys the moment.
Day by day, moment by moment, I am learning how to get back up from my fall.
From our fall.
And daily, I put on the armor of God.
My protective gear.
And though sometimes I still fall back down, I’m forever falling forward.